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A New Look at Athletes and Athletics

March 08, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 138

A coach who has enjoyed a great deal of success in Western Michigan now has written a fascinating book, entitled Sportuality: Finding Joy in the Games.

The author, Jeanne Hess, says that words control ideas and ideas impact behaviors and behaviors can change society. And so the author has researched sports words to discover the original meaning and by redefining words she hopes to change ideas and thereby influence behavior shifts.

Sportuality redefines words, and therefore changes ideas, hoping for a change in attitudes and behaviors. The key words examined by Hess are Competition, Community, Communication, Spirit, Education, Humor, Enthusiasm, Religion, Holy, Sanctuary, Sacrifice and Victory. The words 'new meaning can lead to a reconsideration of learned dualism of sport into the empathic joy of playing the games.

Hess, a successful woman's volleyball coach at Kalamazoo College, in her book explores sports as a vehicle for personal transformation so we are then able to work together for something greater than ourselves. Sportuality crosses the disciplines of sports and spirituality to help players, coaches, fans, officials and parents evolve to a higher consciousness within sports.

Hess stresses that sports is much more than a win-lose, physical battle between combatants but when properly understood is a way to discover a higher consciousness that leads toward peace and joy.

This new paradigm about sports is discovered by looking at the original and true meaning of words and applying them to athletes and athletics. This shift begins when learning that competition actually means to "work with" rather than "against."

The book contains several Sportual stories of athletes and coaches who have bought or are bringing greater meaning and purpose to their game. I was fascinated by the book and its premise and know most readers will also.

Emory Daniels, freelance writer, web content specialist, book reviewer, lover of books.

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