Sports is often viewed as a socially acceptable form of aggression — a kind of détente, as well as a way for one to achieve self-assertion, to increase social status within the community, and to receive certain material benefits (e.g. for professional athletes). The dangerous thing happens when all of the above applies to the younger sportsmen, those who decide to become athletes solely because they want to, and eventually end up wicked and over competitive outside of the court.
Moreover, young people tend to become especially exposed to all the negative aspects of sports due to their lack of experience and blurry understanding of how to draw a line between one’s personal life and sports career. Sometimes, sports encourages young people to practice excessive competition, violence, professionalization and other negative phenomena which, in fact, contributes to the segregation of certain groups of people. Robert Lipsyte, the American sociologist, spent long time studying the complex of all these problems, and defined the set of them as a "varsity syndrome", which, according to him, is a mechanism of social selection, which deprives the majority of people away from the opportunity to engage into sports for the sake of commercial interests of a small group of businessmen who control the sport. "Varsity syndrome" as a social phenomenon stimulates the deepening of social inequalities, creating the preconditions for the formation of elite groups in society.
According to statistics, around 20% of children in sports are potentially exposed to the risk of different types of violence or exploitation, and 10% are victims of a violation of their human rights. The study identified a variety of forms of violence towards young athletes, among which are: physical violence and coercion (overly intensive training, physical violence among peers, "hazing", etc.), psychological and emotional abuse (excessive pressure and stress, verbal abuse, emotional abuse, forced diets), sexual abuse, doping, and trafficking. S. Detrick gives the results of some studies on violence in children's and youth sports. According to him, the studies carried out in 1998 in Canada and Norway have shown that athletes (40-50% and 33% respectively) are dealing with the environment, which is perceived as a negative and uncomfortable, in which sexual harassment and violence are widespread.
Sports is often viewed as a socially acceptable form of aggression — a kind of détente, as well as a way for one to achieve self-assertion, to increase social status within the community, and to receive certain material benefits (e.g. for professional athletes).