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Can sports keep young people out of trouble and away from bad influences?

Olympic Committee 2008/11/05 17:20:55
Yes, playing sports keeps young people occupied.
No, kids will get into trouble either way.
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  • anthony 2010/03/30 18:01:43
    No, kids will get into trouble either way.
    anthony
    +3
    no, kids will get into trouble either way.

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  • WD 2009/02/04 02:22:13
    Yes, playing sports keeps young people occupied.
    WD
    Where trouble brews over is when the young athlete is an exceptional talent and those around him/her start trying to cash in on their extraordinary ability. Many a fine athlete has been left broken by a system that uses them and then discards them.
  • pkeyrich 2009/02/04 01:52:35
    Yes, playing sports keeps young people occupied.
    pkeyrich
    +1
    Sports, when adults are actively participating, supervising, etc, is a great way to keep kids out of trouble.
  • Big D 2009/02/04 00:46:40
    No, kids will get into trouble either way.
    Big D
    It is a great part of the whole equation of keeping kids out of trouble, but there are a lot of other factors that go into that. First the child needs parents that care about them and do not let them do whatever they want. It takes a support system for that child to help develop their self esteme and personal values. Education should also be a part of the childs life placing an emphasis on getting a good education. While sports are a good part of the equation they alone can not guarantee a child will stay out of trouble. Just look at our professional athletes and you can see that sports doesn't keep one out of trouble.
  • disturbedone 2009/02/04 00:29:08
    No, kids will get into trouble either way.
    disturbedone
    It might help keep them out of trouble but they will run into to trouble no matter what path they take or whether they do sports or not.
    -DisturbedOne4701
  • rouserbugs 2009/02/03 23:37:27
    Yes, playing sports keeps young people occupied.
    rouserbugs
    yes, playing sports keeps young people occupied. when it becomes their whole life it may make them push too hard and get things they don't need. Bet Michael Phelps will not be able to regain mother's deep respect. She will always love him but he just fell off the bucket.
  • chrissy 2009/02/03 22:41:37
    Yes, playing sports keeps young people occupied.
    chrissy
    I think sports is a great release for kids, especially today in the world we live in. Kids today are under more stress then they were when I was a kid. Also sports let's them run around and be outside instead of in front of the computer or TV. There is so much garbage on TV and of course the internet can lead children to all sorts of crazy sites. As long as they don't get too cocky and emulate certain sports figures that aren't good role models, then I'm all in favor children being occupied by sports.
  • dexter 2009/02/03 22:20:00
    Yes, playing sports keeps young people occupied.
    dexter
    i think that though they may be occupied, parents need to be involved with their kids,
    both parents. and even then it is a crap shoot.
  • Greatbear100~support our vets 2009/02/03 22:09:34
    Yes, playing sports keeps young people occupied.
    Greatbear100~support our vets
    +1
    But so can drama club, debate club, chess club etc. What works is having the child involved with othes in a positive rather than negative environment or activity.
  • IH - Li... Greatbe... 2009/02/04 22:01:04
    IH - Lion of Light
    So true...
  • greblaas 2009/02/03 22:06:42
    Children who play sports are....
    greblaas
    less likley to get into trouble because they have less time and energy to do so. A tired kid is generally a good kid.
  • Beccy greblaas 2009/02/05 01:34:30
    Beccy
    We used to get tired from playing outside and as teens working and babysitting.
  • BRADY969 2009/02/03 22:06:28
    Children who play sports are....
    BRADY969
    A little better off than the kid on the street but if a kid is prone to find trouble.....that kid will find it.

    It starts at home! You parents who say you can't watch your kid 24 hours a day....shouldn't of had kids! You're the reason there's so many fucked up kids running the streets and hurting other people....it's your fault!
  • Joe BRADY969 2009/02/04 03:03:50
    Joe
    LANGUAGE BRADY.
    THANKS
  • Ski Bum 2009/02/03 22:01:33 (edited)
    No, kids will get into trouble either way.
    Ski Bum
    +1
    Sports programs tend to make kids adopt a herd mentality and become leaders or followers. Why can't they be NEITHER? Kids should be encouraged to question authority and to learn to think for themselves, and not like sheep in a herd.
  • very Conservative "me" 2009/02/03 21:27:18
    Yes, playing sports keeps young people occupied.
    very Conservative "me"
    +1
    Yes, if a child is interested in them and the parents are an integral part of their sports experience. But then that is true of any activity you stay involved in with your children. It's hard for them to get into too much trouble when MOm and Dad are close by watching.
  • BRADY969 very Co... 2009/02/03 22:09:13
    BRADY969
    +1
    That's the key...mom and dad have to be involved. I liked your reply.

    I'm about to prove your point ;-)

    My mom wasn't involved with my sports. I was a great track runner and that came in handy when it was time to run from the cops when I was a teen.
  • very Co... BRADY969 2009/02/03 22:12:03
    very Conservative "me"
    I love your answer - and I know it's true. Hopefully your years of running are over
  • ctuagentdown 2009/02/03 21:26:40
    No, kids will get into trouble either way.
    ctuagentdown
    not will but can get into trouble its always a possibility but wiser kids can steer clear
  • 11 2009/02/03 21:24:36
    No, kids will get into trouble either way.
    11
    I know way too many kids who play sports and just can't stay away from the drugs.
    And yet no one suspects.
  • Cloudburst 2009/02/03 21:23:52
    No, kids will get into trouble either way.
    Cloudburst
    +1
    Crazy stuff is a part of human life. Don't shield your children from it, tell them about it.
  • Dangerous Dave 2009/02/03 21:21:24
    Yes, playing sports keeps young people occupied.
    Dangerous Dave
    +1
    Of course it can
  • W_C 2009/02/03 21:15:46
    Yes, playing sports keeps young people occupied.
    W_C
    +1
    It keeps them occupied, goal oriented, healthy and focused on something they enjoy.
  • Angie 2009/02/03 21:15:27
    Yes, playing sports keeps young people occupied.
    Angie
    +1
    Yes, and it teaches them the values of hard work, teamwork, and determination.
  • tyty 2009/02/03 02:21:33
    Yes, playing sports keeps young people occupied.
    tyty
    keeps healthy too
  • Brandy 2009/02/02 18:26:40
    Children who play sports are....
    Brandy
    +3
    Kids who play sports are more motivated to set goals. Keeping kids occupied is a great way to discourage acting out. If a child is in sports practice all day he/she will not only have less opportunity to act out but being active and healthy can boost a child's confidence and energy levels. When you're happy and feel good about yourself you are less likely to do drugs or engage in destructive behavior just to get a thrill. Sports teams and groups also often provide children with mentors and they develop heroes and idolize other sports players. It's good for children to have dreams.
  • skaterh10 2009/02/02 13:01:57
    Yes, playing sports keeps young people occupied.
    skaterh10
    it keeps there mind focused and if they are into sports they will have a team and a coach too help them make better decisions
  • pdshanny 2009/02/01 20:49:38
    Children who play sports are....
    pdshanny
    +2
    Not having fun and are pushed into it by people trying to relive their own youth.
  • prinzessin 2009/02/01 14:13:55
    Children who play sports are....
    prinzessin
    +1
    still individuals. In fact, some egomaniacal must-win-at-all-costs and several other unsavory things reported USA, may damage some kids more than it helps them. If sports can be changed to a unifying experience, it could do a lot of good. But not as it is in the U.S. now or in the past 50 years.
  • buglekiller 2009/01/31 18:20:42
    Yes, playing sports keeps young people occupied.
    buglekiller
    In most cases it does but you still need to be a good parrent and be there for them so they dont get involved in the wrong group nooking for acceptence
  • brettsimms 2009/01/31 08:42:32
    No, kids will get into trouble either way.
    brettsimms
    +1
    Granted it will keep them occupied and away from the idiot box (TV), but it won't keep all of them out of trouble. Just to name a couple that were either on their way up or was on top of the world are: O J Simpson, Tanya Harding, Mike Tyson. Seems your always hearing about one of them doing steroids. Getting into fights. And sure it's not all kids. Only a handful, but like they say: One bad apple spoils the whole group.
  • Ashley 2009/01/31 05:49:54
    No, kids will get into trouble either way.
    Ashley
    Nope. Perhaps it works for awhile, but most of the kids on teams get into more trouble than those who aren't. Since they're "talented", however, their faults are often overlooked. It's really an individual thing, each person according to their own values and resistance to peer pressure.
  • Susan 2009/01/31 03:49:05
    Yes, playing sports keeps young people occupied.
    Susan
    Kid's I Think Are Less Likely To Get Into Trouble If They Stay Active In Some Type Of Sport Or Extracurricular Activity!
  • blue pup 2009/01/31 02:41:28
    Children who play sports are....
    blue pup
    +1
    Sports get kids out of the house and into the real world - away from the TV world and Computer LA- LA land into a fun world of friendship, competition , and the pure joy of building sports skills. ITS FUN GUYS!!!!!
  • Bill 2009/01/31 00:30:41
    Yes, playing sports keeps young people occupied.
    Bill
    Depending on the school and it's teachers are things that will help young people.
  • kaylynbutler 2009/01/31 00:06:15
    Yes, playing sports keeps young people occupied.
    kaylynbutler
    +2
    Yes I believe that kids who are involved in sports; the earlier the age the better, are more likely to stay out of trouble because this develops an early interest in them that is more likely to follow them further into life because they had that early start. Other extracurricular activities aren't as likely to have the same effect because they don't keep them active and release endorphins in the brain warding off things like depression and anxiety like sports and similar activities do.
  • jacktown kid 2009/01/30 22:19:14
    Yes, playing sports keeps young people occupied.
    jacktown kid
    +1
    It does teaches life lessons as well. It is good for them to play sports and enjoy them
  • littlefish1938 2009/01/30 19:55:41
    No, kids will get into trouble either way.
    littlefish1938
    Three of my children played Sports, Mike played Baseball for Little League for three years and started drinking and driving. Mary was in Cheerleading for Little League type for Football, 8 years and 1 year playing Football, drinking and Assault; Tiger played Football 9 yrs and became addicted to Alcohol and Cocaine. The aim for me putting them into Sports did not work!
  • blue pup littlef... 2009/01/31 02:44:03
    blue pup
    Sorry- did you drink or do drugs?? Hope not
  • yvonne 2009/01/30 19:33:00
    Yes, playing sports keeps young people occupied.
    yvonne
    +2
    Sports give anyone focus, training, teamwork, healthy alternatives (no drugs, outrageous behavior most of the time) and goals. I'm glad my kids had sports including for women as growing up there were less women sports available. The Olympics also raise patriotism in the country and all of our citizens.
  • shortlady 2009/01/30 19:32:16
    Children who play sports are....
    shortlady
    This can be a yes and no answer. For instance, my son's played in the school band and they became very interested and kept out of trouble, but there were other students who would brag about going in to stores and stealing CD's, recorders to name a few. It is entirely up to the individual what they make of themselves but I do think it keeps there mind occupied in the right place.

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