Sunday, February 7, 2010

Sports vs. Physical Education

Just in time for the Superbowl, here's some of Georges Hébert's contrary views on sports:
"In terms of physical education, any exercise, even performed in a stadium or a gymnasium in artificial settings, must maintain as much as possible of an utilitary character. In the contrary, when considering sports, following the current trends, complete abstraction is made of the conditions of application in practical life situations; everything is conventionally regulated or subject to exceptional execution conditions.

Thus are formed brilliant specialists, remarkably skilled at an exercise that has no utility, superior experts in a technique with no practical value. Such is one of the reasons why these specialists barely stand out from the average when circumstances place them, among others who do not practice sports, in front of common situations."

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