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Football team reflects on body expectation

Wired Staff Writer, Claire Benson

 

Everyone has insecurities, there is no denying it. There are many different factors that play roles in causing these insecurities, such as athletics, social pressures, stereotypes and anything in between.

 

When being taught about body image and insecurities related to it, stories are usually told about women who have experience regarding this topic. In fact, the US Department of Health and Human Services reports that 80 percent of women feel insecure about their bodies, whereas only 46 percent of men share the same concern.

 

Even though it is apparent more women feel insecure about their bodies than men, that does not mean that men are completely immune to the topic.

 

“We always talk to kids about getting bigger, faster, stronger,” Froendt said. “But it’s not about how you look, it’s about getting stronger, since each kid looks different depending on their body type. If you’re an athlete, you’re getting stronger. If you’re stronger, you feel more confident. And if you’re more confident, you’ll perform better.”

 

Froendt said he recognizes that body image issues that negatively impact others are found throughout society, but feels as though it is some- what different within the football department.

 

“I think every kid and most adults have body image issues, there’s no question,” Froendt said. “I’ve worked with many kids. They’ll always talk about what they feel is inadequate, and so we’ll work on building those weaknesses that they have … When it comes to football, everyone will always want better looking bodies. I don’t think it’s just a football thing, I think it’s right there in society.”

 

Senior varsity quarterback Dylan Plautz said he sides with Froendt on the subject, also believing that body image issues are an import- ant topic in society, but are not widely found within the football department.

 

“With football, there’s not really a pressure [to look a certain way], yet there is a bit of a desire to work out and get stronger, but I feel like everybody in the football program is accepting of people, regardless of how they look,” Plautz said.

 

Plautz said he feels as though the topic of body image issues as well as insecurities is one that should be brought up more often. “I think [body image issues] is a really important topic, because self image is a big deal,” Plautz said. “I think a lot of times it’s uncomfortable to talk about it, but the more healthy your self image is, the better you’re going to feel.”

 

Junior Sam Parsonage in the weight room after the football season ended.

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