Sample Paper on Sociological Impacts of Sport Events

Sociological Impacts of Sport Events

Introduction

Sports and general sporting events play an important role in generating benefits for the wider society. Many, if not most, of the benefits are difficult to quantify, and therefore cab be ignored or neglected all together. A good example is the sociological impact of sport events. Little is known about what sociological impacts are elicited by sports events, despite there being wide acknowledgement of the economic impacts sport events do bring to a society. The question thus is what are the sociological impacts of sport events? (Shephard, 2011).

Thesis Statement

This paper will delve into the sociological impacts of sport events

Body

Literature review

Sport interactions are a uniting factor in many societies, and they unquestionably have an impact on both the participants as well the society at large. First and foremost, recreational events act as societal glue that tends to bring people of a society together and hearten the sharing of ideologies and experiences.  These are the sociological impacts of sporting events, adding to the positive physical impacts of sporting events.

 

Data and Methods

  • Austria

Sample size; fifty. Conducted via telephone interviews. Easy to get direct response, though self reported data may be unreliable since it cannot be proved to be true or false. Finding some of the participants in the survey was hard since most of them spend most of their time outdoors (Kornblum, 2013)

  • USA

Sample size; hundred. Achieved through one-on-one interviews with sport events participants. It was hard to get a hold onto the participants in the fields because of human traffic. Noise also posed a major deterrent to getting responses from the participants of the survey. It was very interesting to meet some of the best athletes too (Ramchandani & Coleman, 2012).

  • France

Sample size; two hundred. The design used was quantitative research methodology. The huge number of correspondents made the procedure of computing the outcome a bit tasking. Language barrier was the number one deterrent from getting responses (Shephard, 2011).

  • Canada

Sample size; forty. Q-sort methodology used to acquire the data. Tracing the correspondents took longer than expected, although the process was very fast and efficient once the participants were traced (Inoue & Havard, 2014).

Research Findings

My research has identified significant associations between sport events and a range of social impacts. The results are as discussed;

Health Impacts

  • Participants in sports events were 22% more likely to report good health as compared to non-participants.

Education Impact

  • Participants were 30% likely to respond positively to further their education, as compared to non-participants

Economic productivity Impact

  • Sports events are job creating opportunities, and thus elicit a sociological impact by improving the general living conditions of a community. This is a product of progress in economic efficiency.
  • 40% of the sport events participants have a 50% more chance of securing employment in any organization, a positive sociological impact of sport events.

Discussion

For the data presented above, and consequently the results, it is evident that sport events do have many sociological impacts on the society. Firstly, the people who participate in the sport events often develop skills that are transferrable like confidence, public speaking and communication. To add to this, the participants of sport events are more likely to volunteer in charitable undertakings, giving the wider society benefits of engagement in sports events (Kornblum, 2013).

Engagement in sport events is associated with longer life expectancy, reduced anxiety, and depression as well as reduced chances of developing cardiovascular diseases. A nation that is stress free, depression free is a nation that is socially adept, a result of sport events. Education wise, sport events encourage participants to further their education on sports scholarships, a socially progressive notion.

Conclusion

The paper was out to delve into the sociological impacts of sports events, which I have clearly elucidated.  Sport interactions are a uniting factor in many societies, and they unquestionably have an impact on both the participants as well the society at large. First and foremost, recreational events act as societal glue that tends to bring people of a society together and hearten the sharing of ideologies and experiences.  These are the sociological impacts of sporting events, adding to the positive physical impacts of sporting events. Individuals need better information as to why they should get involved in sport events.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

References

Horne, J. D., & Manzenreiter, W. (2004). Accounting for Mega-Events: Forecast and Actual Impacts of the 2002 Football World Cup Finals on the Host Countries Japan/Korea. International Review for the Sociology of Sport, 39(2), 187-203.

Inoue, Y., & Havard, C. (2014). Determinants and consequences of the perceived social impact of a sport event. Journal of Sport Management. 28(3), 295-310.

Kornblum, W. (2013). Reconsidering the Sociology of Sports. Contemporary Sociology: A Journal of Reviews, 42(5), 706-712.

Ramchandani, G. M., & Coleman, R. J. (2012). The inspirational effects of three major sport events. International Journal of Event and Festival Management, 3(3), 257-271.

Shephard, R. (2011). The health and socioeconomic impacts of major multi-sport events: systematic review (1978-2008). Yearbook of Sports Medicine, 2011, 3-6.