Physical Education - Participating in sport: - socio-cultural factors -
There are many activities seen as being appropriate to certain ages or
stages of life. Levels of fitness and the body's ability to cope with high
stress activities tend to make full contact sports less suitable for older
adults. Conversely, gymnastics seems to be most suited to younger athletes
due to the requirements of flexibility  and the demands of the sport.
Lawn bowls or croquet may be perceived as retirement sports, thus limiting
the involvement of younger participants.
(Note: the current Victorian champion in croquet is only 18 years old.) In
fact, some sports may find it difficult to incorporate different ages into
their structure because of the arrangements they have. For instance,
competition opportunities for young females in pennant lawn bowls are
limited because most pennant is played midweek on a Tuesday from 12:00 to
4:00. Thus restricting the involvement of those employed or at school on
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