Swearing often can be heard on the sidelines of professional and college games and practices and there are some who believe that the habit is on the rise in the high schools, according to an article on IndyStar.com.
From the IndyStar:
Cursing is increasingly prevalent in society and has long been a part of college and professional sports, but some educators are concerned that foul language is being heard more often from coaches at the high school level, especially with boys.
"We here at Sport in Society find it interesting that somehow and for some reasons, when it comes to (high school) sports, it's become acceptable," said Jarrod Chin, director of training and curriculum for the Northeastern University-based organization. "We pose the question, if it's not acceptable in the classroom but everyone agrees high school and youth sports are about education, then why is it OK for coaches to use profanity?
There are some theories as to why there might be an increase. More "permissive" language in the movies, TV shows and music kids listen to are some reasons cited.
Indeed, Randy Roberts, a history professor at Purdue University who specializes in mass culture, said,
"There was profanity in sports, but not like it is today," he said. "We live in a culture of license. It has developed over the years. Besides some of these court decisions that broaden what is protected as art, protected as literature, what is allowed to be shown, and the same sort of things have taken place in music. Suddenly you can do anything; you can say anything.
"One part of me says, why aren't parents doing something about it? But what can parents do in a society which has become extraordinarily permissive?"
Chris Carr, a sport and performance psychology coordinator for St. Vincent Sports Performance, feels that coaches should not be relying on profanity to get their points across, but rather "positive reinforcement and corrective critiquing."
"We talk to coaches about having an optimistic style, sharing belief in an athlete's abilities and encouraging teamwork, communication and positive mental attitude," Carr said. "They're asking their athletes to play with composure out on the court or field, but if a coach is losing (his) composure, how much modeling is being done?"