Deep Conventions of Sports


Sports are games that involve physical activity and skill. They are an integral part of the human lifestyle and help build a person’s personality and character.

Sports also improve a person’s physical fitness and develop social interaction skills. They have many benefits such as promoting a healthy lifestyle and building a sporting culture in a country.

Sport is an art; it has aesthetic qualities, and yields a sense of pleasure. In addition, it helps people become healthier and happier.

Various forms of competition in the field of sport occur, and are often judged by judges. They can vary in their criteria, and in some cases they are objective (for example in a race) and in others subjective (for example in gymnastics or diving).

Athletes who achieve success through sports can lead a second career in parallel with the one related to their sporting activities. This can be seen, for example, in the case of athletes who have achieved world fame in football or baseball and then go on to have a successful career as sports commentators or coaches.

Deep conventions define the point of a particular sport, and provide a normative basis for playing it in a specific way. They are ‘normative responses to deep psychological and social needs for playing sports’ (Morgan, 2015, 39).

Deep conventions are the principles and ideals that guide participants in different sporting activities. For example, amateur sports athletes typically view sport as a perfective endeavor pursued for the pleasure of it, whereas professional athletes are expected to make a contribution to society through their sport.