How sport has evolved

How sport has evolved.

  1. The age of top athletes has decreased; in women’s tennis there are 15 Under 22 among the top 100.
  2. The number of States promoting their athletes has greatly increased, from countries of the former Soviet Union to Arab countries to those on other Continents.
  3. For many families, sports careers have become a realistic opportunity for their children to pursue.
  4. There is no longer spontaneous sport run by young people independently but has been totally privatized on most Continents.
  5. In many sports from the age of 14/15 years, frequent and selective competitive activity begins.
  6. Worldwide, the number of competitions has increased dramatically, and people compete 11 months of the year.
  7. By age 16, athletes, girls and boys, are also training 25 hours a week for at least 45 weeks.
  8. Most athletes follow a program not only of technical-tactical but also of specific and advanced mental and physical training.
  9. Women’s sports are gaining similar relevance to men’s sports, and mixed teams have been introduced in the Olympics, where gender parity has almost been achieved.
  10. This type of sports development results in athletes experiencing stress and often debilitating psychological problems generated by always having to show their value. At the same time it is a source of frustration for those who are excluded from this climb to success.

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