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Sports Sociology: Youth Training/Banned Substances

1.) A privately-owned commercial gymnastics club in your town has had much success in producing outstanding female gymnasts as young as ten years old. The girls at the club practice at least 25 hours a week and often compete on weekends. You've been asked by a friend who has a six-year old daughter if he should pay the annual fees to register his daughter in the club. He wants to know what you think about such clubs and if his daughter would benefit from being a gymnast in the local club. Identify at least three issues you would discuss with him and outline what you'd say about each.

2.) Athletes from an Asian country win many medals in distance events in running and swimming. It is discovered that they use a special herb in their diet, and the herb only grows in the special high-altitude environment in which the Asian runners train. Should the herb be put on the banned-substance list? What are all the issues that need to be considered when answering this question?

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1.) A privately-owned commercial gymnastics club in your town has had much success in producing outstanding female gymnasts as young as ten years old. The girls at the club practice at least 25 hours a week and often compete on weekends. You've been asked by a friend who has a six-year old daughter if he should pay the annual fees to register his daughter in the club. He wants to know what you think about such clubs and if his daughter would benefit from being a gymnast in the local club. Identify at least three issues you would discuss with him and outline what you'd say about each.

I would talk to my friend about the financial and time obligation, and confirm he was willing to commit his resources to this endeavor. In this part of the conversation, I would also mention the need for his job to be fairly stable and have good health insurance, since it is likely that with increased activity the child will likely be injured at some point.

In addition, it would be important to mention the need for the entire family's support of the endeavor. The ...

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This solution discusses issues regarding youth in competitive sport at young age, and also another question regarding performance enhancing products and if the product should be on the banned substance list. APA references are included.

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