Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Stay Smart


As You want to have a good time with some buddies - what to do? You talk, you interact, you discuss, maybe you go somewhere to eat something or why not just go and see something, like a movie or why not chat over a beer?

What we try to describe is just normal social interaction in the real life, both at work or after work - and not on the Internet.
As people interact with each other they mainly - and almost always - seem to be rather nice toward each others.

Or are you the person that invite your buddy for a beer and it all ends with an upper-cut or a right swing in solar plexus, a couple of pushes an elbow... and a black eye or two?
Perhaps the girls going to a party together look forward to a Danish header or a half-nelson and some sort of a back-lock?

No, this is not a post on humor, this time. We just want to stress some of the the absurdity of the rules in some old "sports" people do. We do not want to prohibit these sports or say that people can not do this. You have to make up your own mind about this.

Floorballcentral embrace floorball, by many reasons - and one of these reasons is the constructive parts of the game. A player may not push another player over in a violent way or grab a stick or use any other "unfair" or direct destructive method to gain advantages. That sounds like the gentle normal conduct in life attitude to us.

Is it only in school as they teach some of the more violent sports that destructive behavior is accepted? We ask why? Why can a sports professional elbow a guy down on a rink - but if he do the same thing on the street - well the Police would be there?  If it is OK to wrestle someone down in PE why can we not do that in Math or Geography too?  Maybe because we have different rules - but should not rules be based upon basic principles? When is play escalating into violence - and a califlower ear is that fine and just a sign of strength?
To us here, this does not fully make sense. And what in the world do we try to teach our youth - that a TBI is a normal part of life and if you have one - suck it up buddy? And the taxpayers will subsidize the medical bill, yupp.
Or maybe we must improve the clunky helmets with some kind of a sensor device first, before we understand the basic intellectual hygiene behind this our ancient reasoning?

December 2009 we tossed up one of our very first posts here. We called it constructive game-play.
Here it is by the way http://www.floorballcentral.org/2009/12/constructive-game-play.html

This post has recently raised to become a big hit, a late bloomer and we have had many readers that have read it rather recently. I am not sure if we now, two years later; would write this post in exactly the same manner. But it is for sure true that we still think it is wrong with a publicly funded school system that perhaps teach kids violence (of any kind) and maybe accepts injuries as a possible outcome from these "healthy activities". Or maybe these activities only are available in the after school programs - what is, if so, the difference?

Na, we think scrap the old antique stuff and let the kids have a better more non-violent future based on sports that at least try to build a safer game-play.
Yes, we say Floorball fits into this description, but so does, tennis, volleyball, basketball, table-tennis and many other sports and activities.
Yes, yes, yes - these activities may involve some injuries and risks too too - but the main idea is not to beat up an opponent. The promise is to get away from the cave man attitude and hopefully............. stay smart.

Are we sissy? Sure - but we are not heads bangers.

One more thing do not confuse aggression with destruction, it is not the same thing..

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Caution

Research suggest that eye-injuries are more common in Floorball as compared to Tennis, but less common as compared to Squash (similar to Racquetball).
To minimize this risk of injury Floorballcentral recommend: Use certified protective eye-wear (mandated in many European areas for the youth). Do not lay down on the court. Follow the rules strict on stick height.

Also if you get addicted to this sport - do not blame us!