Fighting, an Unnecessary Constituent of Sport
Fighting, an Unnecessary Constituent of Sport

Fighting, an Unnecessary Constituent of Sport

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Hockey is a game notorious for its violent fights that hardly would any hockey game happen without a fight. In the article, “Morality of Fighting in Hockey,” Lewinson and Palma assert that fighting is unethical and should be removed from the sport. They build their credibility by using moral theory, citing various anecdotes and reputable sources to assert that fighting should be banned. The analytical examples given by the authors to explain the insignificance of fighting are interesting. One such example is based on the logical interpretation of Wayne Gretzky’s and John Smith’s fight; Similar examples throughout the essay show that the author has adequate knowledge regarding the issues and is even more than able to covey it. Moreover, the essay is structured concretely and makes good use of syllogism in a coherent manner hence, allowing the authors to skillfully persuade the abolishment of fighting completely from sports. Moreover, the article the ethical questions surrounding fighting in hockey using theoretical frameworks of deontology, utilitarianism and virtue. By so doing the authors try to put into question the morality surrounding the fighters motives in the most part of the article. Notably, they argue that a fine line exists between the extend at which fighting causes entertainment and how it brings forth social disgust. They try to explore what between fighting and being no fight would result to more happiness than the other would do. They assert that without fighting, the number of morally upright athletes would increase and therefore improve the quality of the game. Their concl

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uding remarks, they acknowledge the other ethicists and recommend an independent consideration of their arguments before reaching a final decision. That being the case, despite their meticulous use of the ethical reasoning to persuade the abolishment of fighting, the authors fail to address in depth the effects of fighting on players. Doing so would have made the essay more effective by using emotional appeals to persuade.

Fights are a common spectacle in many sports including cricket, football etc., but it is only in hockey are they apparently accepted and strategically used, even though they are illegal. Fighting as a constituent of the game is controversial, as many argue that fighting is an important part of the game and hockey is incomplete without it, while contrary views claim that it is unnecessary and can be avoided wholly while maintaining the integrity of the game. In this paper, I acknowledge that the game of hockey has evolved in a way that fighting as part of the gameplay, is sewn into its very fabrics; however, this violence does more harm and therefore it should be removed. Sports is a recreational activity, it is a mean to fitness, pastime and entertainment while violence is evil; sports and violence share no common grounds as their names too suggest, they are exclusively distinct. Fighting and all sorts of violence should be excluded, finished and looked down upon in sports. The paper investigates the effects of fighting on the team and players individually, during the game and after it. Ultimately, it focuses on establishment of ethical gameplay by making a paradigm shift fro

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fighting.

As noted earlier, fighting in sports involves the execution of aggressive behavior meant to harm the player and mostly happens out of the rules of the game. In essence, it is any form of physical assault meant to afflict pain or injury to another player. The effects of fighting in sports may be severe especially when considering the team or individual players during and after the game. To begin with, fighting or repeated fighting in sports could cause chronic traumatic disorders or concussions. This would occur if the affected players had severe blows around the head hence causing brain injuries. This condition is prevalent in American football, hockey and professional wrestling participants but it can be very dangerous when considering unregulated sports violence. The effects of brain trauma of players would include loss of attention, regular headaches, dizziness and disorganization. Progressive brain deterioration may cause social instability, slow muscular movements and occurrence of erratic behavior. Damage to the brain due to concussions can last for so many years following an original head trauma. For this reasons, most of the players who have participated in violent games would always suffer from dementia, which is impairment to the memory of an individual, Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson disease (McKee et al, p.709).

Fighting in sports affects the psychological wellbeing of players especially after the game. Among the psychological effects are depressive disorders that tend to interfere with an individual performance in life. The most contributing factor to depression is an injury that may result out of fighting which challenges the esteem, leads to loss of self-worth hence development of depressive symptoms. Some of the symptoms that the affected players may experience are moodiness, crying and withdrawal. While depression and psychological anxieties may significantly lead to poor performance, it may also lead to other risky behaviors such as suicidal attempts. Depressive symptoms can also lead to loss of physical attention and a drastic change in honoring exercise schedules. This may be so prevalent with professional players who spent much of their time while training and focusing on the next competition (Johnson, 2015).

A sport team constitutes a significant portion of functional groups that portray the character traits of intergroup and intragroup behaviors (Lee, p. 38). Team membership may result to implications of being identified in any group hence forming an essential part of social identity on the side of that individual. As the referred group assumes its vital role of determining identity, an individual may experience stronger feelings of familiarity, interdependence and conformity with other members of the group. That said, teams involved in sports are not only meaningful to the players but they also provide a basis upon which lives of the supporters is determined. In return, the supporters would enjoy being identified with a team that provides them a source of social recognition in the society. Failure of the team would bring forth considerable levels of frustration, discomfort and undue expenses. This development of mutual support between supporters and the team would provide a very strong platform to demonstrate prejudice and antagonism amongst outsiders, which, if not managed, results into intergroup conflicts and clashes

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