Playing sports is quite popular in many countries all over the world. In fact, for many millions of people, playing a sport is quite an important hobby. While there are numerous advantages to playing sports, there are also some problems related to sports.

  • Pros:
  • Sport can improve your fitness level and both your physical and mental health: it can reduce stress and make you more confident
  • Playing a sport is a good hobby which can turn into a profession
  • Playing a sport can help you learn how to work in a team and how to deal with competition and criticism
  • You can make new friends and strong bonds through playing team sports: a good way to socialise 
  • Playing a sport can allow you to achieve a scholarship for university
  • Cons:
  • Sports can be expensive: Clothing, club fees, coaching costs, and equipment. Tournaments and competitions out of town can result in transport costs.
  • Sports can be exhausting and time-consuming: sports can interfere with your studies or career: Practices, coaching sessions, matches, and tournaments can eat up a lot of your time, especially if there is traveling involved. 
  • Serious injuries: They can run anywhere from minor muscle pulls and strains right through to broken bones and worse. 
  • Seriously unhealthy performance pressure to perform well every time they step on the field, court, or track.

 

Do you play any sports? What do you think about its cons?

 

Vocabulary:

  • Scholarship: a grant or payment made to support a student’s education, awarded on the basis of academic or other achievement.
  • Exhausting: making one feel very tired; very tiring.
  • Interfere: intervene in a situation without invitation or necessity.
  • Strain: force (a part of one’s body or oneself) to make an unusually great effort.