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The Pressure to Succeed
The Issue
“Show me a good loser and I’ll show you a loser,” Vince Lombardi once said. This saying could be the unsung anthem of American sports for children and teenagers. Everyone loves to win. In sports there is always competition. Is there too much emphasis on “the win” for kids and teens? This issue is important because it essentially develops the way children and teenagers think and react; it will affect them later on in life. Too much emphasis on winning is a problem because there is extensive pressure from parents and coaches, and the consequences can be severe.
Some people, such as Vince Lombardi, argue that the win is all there is. They say it motivates them to do well and will help them reach their dreams and give them the desire to achieve their best. Whereas others, such as Elizabeth Larsen, argue that the emphasis on the win is too great. Larsen says, “Some athletes take anabolic steroids as performance-enhancing drugs to build muscle and endurance.” So according to Larsen, kids are under such a great pressure to do well, that they resor…