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Sports Aerobics in relation to Figueroa's Framework

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Sally Head

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Transcript of Sports Aerobics in relation to Figueroa's Framework

The Interpersonal Level
The Interpersonal is the level where socialisation and socialisation agents are examined to see how they may have affected your participation in sport.
The Individual Level
The Individual level deals with; the reasons you have for participating in a certain sport; what your attitudes, values and beliefs you have; and what stereotypes you follow
Genetic Predisposition
Jay Coakley, a Professor from the University of Colorado in the Sociology Department, suggests that government involvement in sport tends to be related to support and sponsorship, organisation, administration and provision of facilities. Prior to 1970, government funding tended to be provided directly to sporting organisations for the development of elite athletes. Issues in the 1970’s including a cut of sport funding by 20% and a federal inquiry into the poor performance at the Montreal Olympics eventually led to the establishment of the AIS, Australian Institute of Sport, in 1980.
Sports Aerobics
Sports Aerobics was original created as
a subdivision section for Gymnastics and is
a competitive sport originating from traditional
aerobics in which complex, high-intensity
movement patterns and elements of carrying
difficulty are performed to music.
Sports Aerobics in relation to Figueroa's Framework
To be able to compete in Sports Aerobics at a representative or higher level you need to have an immense amount of core, upper-body and low-body strength and flexibility. The intensity of the routines could also restrict the access and equity of people who suffer from genetic predispositions.
Structural Level
The Structural Level examines inequities within society on a larger scale (Kirk. D, et.al., 2004). This includes the impact of government and non-government sources and the media’s influence on how resources and rewards are distributed.
Figueroa's Framework
Media Influence
The lack of funding to sports means they
have a limited amount of money they can
spend towards the players, health and safety
equipment and lease payments.
Question 18: "Where is the nearest Aerobics facility to your home?"
60% - within 5-10 minutes
20% - within 10-20 minutes
15% - within 20-30 minutes
5% - Further than 30 minutes.
Government Funding
Sports Aerobics, being a sub-division of Gymnastics, receives a portion of the $3,298,971
Question 23. Have you ever watched Sports Aerobic on Television?
0% Yes
100% No

Question 24. Has Australia ever been successful in Sports Aerobics in International competition?
10% yes
10% No
80% Do not Know
However this isn't always the case. Take Rugby Union for example, the second most watched sport in Australia and they receive less than Gymnastics at $2,665,113. They manage to get a lot of media coverage because of their sponsorships.
Media Influence on Sporting
Resources and Rewards.
1. Coverage of Sport is increasingly superficial which he calls‘mediasport’
2. The advertising power of sport has increased
3. The increasing role of the media. Here Stoddart is referring to game times and playing venues being allocated by media interest, and to suit TV schedules. For example, the volleyball made some major changes including a point being scored on each rally to help to predict the length of games and assist TV organisation (Volleyball Australia, 2014)
4. The creation of sports stars
5. The increasing internationalism of Australian sport
6. Maintaining the status quo in sport. This trend refers to the hegemonic masculinity shown within coverage of sport in Australia. The traditional male sports receive the majority of TV coverage, with new sports, or women’s sport receiving very little.
The Institutional Level
The Institutional Level examines the laws, patterns or rules within different organisations and associations, and how they impact access and equity to sport. Some clubs or schools might disadvantage people whose needs are different from the majority of society which can happen through discriminatory rules or regulations.
Institutional level in Relation to
Sports Aerobics
- For example, having to wear a leotard and tights can be intimidating to women.
Question 17. What prevents you from participating in Aerobics?
20% Not Approved of by Parents and Friends
15% Don't want to show your body in skimpy outfits
- Sports Aerobics is also a very difficult sport to master with a range of skills that require years of practice and improvement. Although, there are some compulsory skills which have to be performed in a routine that may never be achievable to some people. For example, our instructor at the start of this term gave us a tutorial on what stretches to perform to increase or improve our flexibility. Although, she said not everyone, no matter how many years you have trained, still can’t perform a perfect split because of the way our hips are aligned.
- Research has shown that children who grow up in families that are enthusiastic about sport are more likely to develop an interest and passion for involvement as opposed to children growing up in a family that has little connection to sport.
Question 14. Who or what influenced you to participate in Aerobics?
30% Friends
20% Tried it at school and liked it to was good at it
30% wanted to lose weight or tone body
10% Achieving personal goals
Question 17. What prevents you from participating in Aerobics?
20% Not approved by Parents of Friends

Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs
Maslow argues in his writing, The Hierarchy of Needs, that unless a person reaches‘self-actualisation’then they may be restless’in their life but not understand the cause. Maslow also opined that the only reason a person did not reach this level was due to barriers placed in their way by society. The barriers that Maslow refers to are related to our perception of body image, genetic predisposition to sports such as asthma, body type and shape, beliefs, values and attitudes.
Body Image
In today’s society, the media sends us all sorts of messages about the ‘perfect’ body. A study presented by Dr Susie Orbach (1986) looking at fashion magazines for just three minutes lowers the self-esteem of over 80% of women.
Question 21. Why Haven't you tried participating in Sport Aerobics?
30% Din't know it existed
20% Don't know anyone that already competes in sport Aerobics
20% Think your body is not good enough in aerobics
20% Just don't like it
10% Feel to uncoordinated
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