Saturday, September 22, 2012

Will obesity trends turn us all to shot put?


Heavy athletes, or fat, and sometimes maybe also obese are attracted to specific sports. Just since - to be a bit big - brings on a premium - in certain activities.
Shot put and heavy weight wrestling are some reasonable illustrations of this.

We do not think this is bad - but a good example of diversity in sports. So in fact we say this is good.

But what trouble us and the world is this http://www.wired.com/playbook/2012/09/f-as-in-fat/

Now read that story - before you cont. reading -that speaks about how the over-weight trends will look like in 2030, here in America. Some people think that half the population will become obese within like just 18 years. Have you read it yet?

So will also half of the population then start to do shot put in 2030?

We have earlier talked about "a natural disaster" and we have done some minor comparisons to other sports on how a Floorball player burns calories compared the traditional sport. One post on this subject just became rather popular at this blog and is now on our weekly top list.

Now we will look at American sports from a fully different perspective: What American sports do have heavy, over weight , or obese players?
You know the answer yourself - so we do not have to point this out to you yet again.

In principle it works like this; a heavy body mass index-  in sports - are good as you either want to move other heavy bodies. And if the other body is heavy - well. then it is even more attractive to be yet further heavy yourself. In other words we have seen the raise of a negative "heavy spiral" in some sports.
We also think - without firm support from research - that it looks like that if you want to move a rather heavy object as far as possible like a discus or a rather heavy ball - well it does seem like you should not be way too skinny, or rather too lightweight, yourself to do this well.
Is this why skinny people ends up as runners too?

This is not rocket science, It is all just about basic principles of physics.

So perhaps as we want to fight over-weight we should focus on team sports with lightweight balls to avoid all ideas that a heavy body brings a benefit to the game?
Or maybe take all the "pushing" of other people out from the sport too? Perhaps still maybe a drastic move, huh?

Ok here is our math again - now from another perspective.
A Floorball weighs in at 23 grams, this means that it takes more than 7 Floorball balls to match the weight of a softball, and three and a half softballs to match a Basketball ball.

Do we now mean that Basketball players are fat? No, we do not, but we say that they are rather big as you put them on a scale - mainly since they are tall. They have to be able to reach high and move that 600 gram ball rather fast.

Nope, in reality you can not compare sports like this by only looking at the ball. There is so much other things that play a role. And different sports are indeed good to have since they all cater to diversity.
Another critical feature is how much the players move. Basketball is excellent in the moving respect - but some other sports looks kinda silly - as a bunch of players just stand still waiting for Godot or something...

Its good for advertising - but a disaster for people that needs to burn calories in a motivational way (read to have fun).

As it comes to the "natural disaster" called obesity - the national disaster is - as we think:  that we do not have Floorball in the American school system, yet.

Floorballcentral say - there are few other comparable tools today that would make such a difference in terms of health. We do know that Floorball is used over-seas both during PE, recess, and in many after school programs. And the kids loves it.
Look yet again on the money numbers in the article we refer to above. Floorball would in essence not cost a thing but instead bring in revenue - since it has the power to lower predicted future health expenses according to the article above. The trick is just to get a deep penetration.

Nope, Floorball can not fix the rampant obesity problem itself - but it is fully silly or a general mistake not to use some of the modern tools that we do have available.Floorball just must be a part of the solution and strive to fight obesity.

We here can not change this alone - but we hope and wish - that you can do something too. If not for Floorball - but at least for a healthy future.

Or - should we - try to just introduce - shot put - instead,
to like half of the population - in 2030?


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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!