For my research paper I will be exploring and examining the long term effects of doing sports as a young teen, meaning around the age of 13/14 will have on your body as you get older, by looking at real life examples with different types of sports players. In my paper I will be researching the young adults who start doing sports at their age or even younger and how in doing this damage their body. I will then show how this affected their body when they got older. I will argue that a young teen that did compete in sports will arguably have more damaging effects to their body when they got older, compared to a child who did not compete in sports. In doing so I will address the different injuries that could be more harmful down the line, and how these injuries might not be so bad for a youthful body but how it might catch up later.
- The Long-Term Effects of Youth Sports
- Background: This study done in 2017, done by The New York Bone & Joint Specialist Blog focuses on the research from studies done at The London School of Medicine that shows the long-term health dangers that come with bone and joint damage at a young age. The purpose of this article is to show that if a young athlete does suffer a harmful injury, it could lead to worse things down the road. It states that young athletes should have an off season and handle their bodies with care
- How I intend to use it: I intend to use this article to help prove my hypothesis that doing sports as a young athlete can have long lasting damages that will show up later in life. This study will help me give examples of my hypothesis by defining specific injuries and their long lasting effects.
- 10 Sports Injuries with Lifelong Consequences
- Background: This article, also done in 2017 was written by Tan Ken Jin, an orthopaedic surgeon at Mount Elizabeth Hospital. This article examines all the common injuries that athletes may sustain and the long lasting effects they can cause. The 10 he talks about are Sprain, Hamstring strain, Stress fractures, ACL injury, Patella dislocation, Meniscus tear, Tennis elbow, Shoulder dislocation, Sciatica, and Fracture.
- How I intend to use it: I intend to use this article to help me give specific examples of the injuries that could lead to long term effects. In doing so this will help back up my hypothesis with more factual evidence instead of just claim.By using this article I can focus more on these 10 common injuries.
- Long Term Effects of Sports Injuries: How Early Treatment Prevents Future Problems
- Background: In this article, written by Ramesh Subramaniam of Mount Elizabeth Hospitals, talks about how the right treatment of early injuries could help with the long-term effects of these injuries. Research shows that the right warm-up, stretching, and care for the body could help prevent the injuries altogether. He goes into detail for specific injuries and how to prevent their future problems
- How I intend to use it: I intend to use this article to help me conclude how to help prevent and take care of the injuries one might suffer from their younger years. At the end of my paper I would like to cite this article, and reference the care he recommends for caring for these different types of injuries.
- The Impact of Sports on Your Body
- Background: This article like the other articles focus on the specific sports that may take a toll on your body as you get older. Like it says in the article, sports give you instant gratification often, and can make you feel good at that moment and while you are playing them but it can lead to damage.
- How I intend to use it: I am going to use this article to further help me explain the risks of these everyday activities that most people do, like jogging, biking, golf, and swimming. I will also use this article to help me explain how sports may be fun and rewarding at the time but that doesn’t last forever.
- Multi-Sport Athletes vs. Single Sport Athletes – The Pros and Cons
- Background: This article is more focusing towards the impacts of playing more than one sport. There are various advantages for playing multiple sports, building better endurance, being in better shape, and always being active. But with that comes with having a higher risk for injury which it says in this article
How I intend to use it: I intend to use this article to help me argue that playing more than one sport can cause serious damage. A person needs to have an off season so that their body can have time to rest and recover from the damage that was done during that season. The overuse of your body is very bad, we need to take care of our bodies we only get one
Alyse, before I read your sources, I want to offer some advice about your Proposal, which has strong merits and also a peril or two. First, it’s clearly at least half counterintuitive to propose that athletes will be less healthy or fit than non-athletes. We expect them to be fit in their youth, and for their sports to contribute to their health and fitness, so it would be TRULY counterintuitive if they were unhealthier during their active youth. Your proposal that they will suffer later in life MORE THAN their contemporaries who were not youthful athletes is a strong idea.
But it’s not AS surprising if you concentrate primarily on orthopedic health. Obviously, the bad knees, the overworked backs, the repeatedly torn ligaments, are going to have effects that last into adulthood. It just stands to reason that joints that were never dislocated, bones never broken, tendons never detached will be less likely to cause pain and suffering as the entire body ages.
But if you were to discover that aging athletes were more prone to less obvious ailments like, I don’t know, asthma, or kidney disease, or emphysema, or stroke, THAT would be truly surprising, weird, inexplicable, counterintuitive.
OR, if you would legitimately claim something equally surprising like, say, the most likely of all juvenile sports to result in chronic adult ailments is . . . ballet, or bowling, or musical theater! That would be fun.
The not-obvious peril of the proposal you’re making here is that your paper will be a catalog of aches that result from obvious causes. Some sports (some positions in those sports) work certain muscles and body parts harder, are more apt to cause certain orthopedic injuries, and are therefore more likely to bother the aging athletes who suffered them. What you want to avoid is listing those injuries (a broad variety) and the sports that caused them (another broad variety). The more you can do to focus our attention on a single injury type, or a single athletic activity, the more persuasive you can be about your narrower topic.
Do you find that helpful, Alyse?
Do you find it frustrating that your professor is never satisfied?
Possibly a combination of those reactions?
Your sources tell a credible narrative, Alyse, but they are at best secondary (perhaps tertiary) sources that don’t quite qualify as academic. You can use them to generate ideas and guide your research, but when you begin to focus your attention on a specific injury type (avoiding the dreaded “survey” essay that lists 10 injury types and how to avoid them) or a specific long-term health effect, something to get and hold the attention of your reader, you’ll find they all say pretty much the same thing.
On my own volition, I did a quick Google Scholar search for “ailments of aging athletes,” which led to some intriguing possibilities. Granted, they’re not going to be as easy to write as a “10 sports injuries that last into old age” essay, but they might be more interesting. Explore a bit before you settle on anything, Alyse. Remain open to surprise. I found openings in:
1. Quality of life among elderly female athletes
2. Vigorous exercise (even marathon training) does not correspond to heart attacks in elderly athletes
3. Retired elite female ballet dancers have similar bone mineral density as non-athletes.
They’re a little obscure, but they’re also a little surprising.
Your best angle so far is the advice you offer twice that youth athletes need an off-season. That might be worth arguing, but you’ll have to prove it clinically to convince the parents of those young athletes who believe otherwise.
Helpful? Frustrating? Both?