Thursday, January 2, 2014

The definition of a Tough Sport

By Wilfredor (Own work) [CC0], via Wikimedia Commons
What is a tough sport?

As archetypal memories of gladiators and epic figures of fantasy makes it ways through both western and eastern cultures it is possible that there is some sort of a masculine ideal of tough sports.
In the east this probably describes a warrior in a very culture specific suite flying through the air shouting like a dinosaur wearing not very much armor at all. In western cultures a tough sport is more prone to wear protective gear like some sort of an old armored war monger on a crusade and a shiny helmet.

A more modern perspective might bring on athletes in thick plastic armor where the protection plates and the shape of the player wearing a helmet and a cup - is maybe even more important than the sport itself. Female sport - tough female sport takes another ideal where the profile of the players often more instead should be as close to the real body curvature as ever before. Zumba and beach volleyball is only two examples of tough female sports. The eastern culture is more complex in terms of its modern toughness. No doubt is speed something that is important for tough values in Asia - but both helmet clad athletes as well as big boys only dressed in diapers (Sumo) belongs to Asian tough sports.

To be honest, there is no such thing as a tough sport - since this is not a general value decided by culture or someone else - it is you yourself that decide what is tough. But be aware your very own culture is probably trying to make you believe what you ought to see as tough.

Is tough sports important?

Dude, Dudette - tough sports is what attracts many kids.. That is why this concept is important.  They want to do tough sports...This is why floorball must work on the image of a tough sport (and not a one balled sport).

So is floorball tough?
Well it is easily one of the fastest sport there is and yes it attracts many people in Asia - maybe just because as described above?
Now we just have to make more westerners realize that floorball can be one of the most strenuous activities of them all - and well to us here...

Floorball is the new modern definition of tough.
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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!