My Future in Sport
There are a number of reasons you don’t see as much sport being played by adults. Participation levels in sport decrease by 9.3% between the ages of 17-24, which is the age bracket in which most people graduate (The Heart Foundation, 2015). After people leave school, they may quit sport due to a lack of motivation, lack of time and a lack of opportunities to continue to play sports. Schools provide a number of opportunities for the students to access sport with ease; for example the students have the ability to join in sports that are based on their schedule, they have coaches, equipment and many more opportunities and enablers. But once they leave school it is a lot harder to be involved in sport, as they don’t have these same enablers and opportunities. To make sure I don’t stop playing sports after I graduate I have constructed an individual strategic plan (ISP). My plan involves the different activities that I will be taking on, such as joining a basketball social league. If I make the plan I will have something that will keep me wanting to play as if it is already planned I will be motivated to play.
My goal for the years to come is to join a basketball league at a local sports centre on a Wednesday night. I will also be surfing at the Gold Coast every Sunday morning for at least an hour with my friends. I believe this plan will work as I enjoy both these activities and will be motivated to continue. I like the sports but there are also many benefits, as surfing and basketball use the entire body, helping me improve my coordination, balance and overall strength. Although there are some potential barriers I have made effective recommendations to overcome these.
Schools make it very easy to compete in sport as it schedules extracurricular activities around you. University, however, doesn’t have sport based on your schedule. The extracurricular schedules in school gave me enough time to do my schoolwork and play sports without having to cram in all my work. The school also provided most of the equipment needed to play the sports I wished to play. University on the other hand does not provide you with any equipment that you might need for sports. On the whole universities are a lot less involved with the student’s sports participation. As a university student I will no longer be able to access the enablers that school provides and therefore I will struggle to access the sports I once played during school. Figueroa’s framework discusses the inequities across different levels of someone’s life that affect his or her access to and participation in sport. The institutional level discusses how the various institutions in our society, such as schools and universities, affect our participation in sport (Michael Kiss, 2010). University tends to value academics over sport much more than school does, which may affect my ability to participate in sport. To overcome this, I will need to become more independent, and seek out sports...