Sports Article: Social Media and Athletes...
Lots of Pressure on the Athletes Over Social Media...
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There seems to be a great deal of pressure on athletes to use social media such
as twitter and facebook during games. The people that are putting this
pressure on the athletes are not aware of the huge safety risk this may pose.
Most people have never reached the level of competition that a professional or
college athlete has reached. Therefore, they cannot possibly understand the
level of focus necessary just before and during each game.
Yes, athletes and teams should be using social media, but the players and
coaches SHOULD NOT be using anything of the sort immediately before or
during games for SAFETY reasons. Maybe they can have an administrative
person from the team keeping fans happy with real time updates. After the games
and on days the athletes do not play the athletes and coaches should use social
media to keep fans interested, informed, and up to date. I cannot stress
enough that just before and during the games the athletes and coaches MUST
FOCUS on the game. IT'S A BIG SAFETY ISSUE.
I've been coaching since 1978 and have seen athletes get distracted and then
injured. After seeing distractions and minor bumps and bruises, I had parents
agree they will not call for their child's attention during practice or
competition for SAFETY reasons. And each athlete agreed that they would not
interact with any spectators during practice or competitions. The reason is
because it takes away from their concentration. Anything that causes an
athlete to lose focus can cause an accident.
with all of your discussions on this topic please keep ATHLETE SAFETY in
Karen Goeller, CSCS
Karen Goeller has been
training athletes since 1978. She has an education that includes training in
emergency medicine, physical therapy, and nutrition. She has held certifications
that include NSCA-CSCS, Fitness Trainer, EMT-D, Nutritional Analysis, and many
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athletes worldwide. Karen has worked for world famous gymnastics coach Bela
Karolyi, owned a gymnastics club for ten years, and has been featured in several
newspapers and on television many times. She offers sports performance training
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