Benefits of Team Sports for Adults

 

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William D Jones MD

William D. Jones, MD, practices occupational and preventive medicine in Oklahoma City, OK. In his free time, William D. Jones, MD, of OK enjoys playing slow-pitch softball for both a men’s league and a co-ed league.

Just as they do for children, team sports offer adults physical, social, and mental benefits. Team sports challenge the athlete cognitively, as he or she must be aware of what is going on within the game at all times and often needs to make split-second decisions based on others’ actions during play. Because these decisions often involve quick communication with teammates, the process involves even more focus and is even more mentally challenging.

Responsibility to one’s team also encourages a player to become more disciplined and motivated to play at a high level. Accountability to others not only gives the athlete a goal to work toward, but also helps to keep him or her working past challenges. The interest in contributing toward that goal helps to keep the athlete, as well as the group, focused, an invaluable skill both on and off the field.

Meanwhile, the constantly changing activity level of team play means that the athlete gets a varied workout. Unlike individual exercise, in which the athlete typically works at the same level for extended periods of time before taking a break, the team athlete will run, jump, stop, throw, and catch in quick succession. This works different muscle groups and different levels while offering more challenges to the cardiovascular system.

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The Invention of Softball

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William D. Jones, MD, has focused on occupational and preventive medicine at his own practice in Oklahoma City, OK, since 1996. A softball enthusiast, William D. Jones, MD, plays on two slow-pitch softball teams and has sponsored softball teams in OK for years.

While softball is, of course, very similar to baseball, the first softball game occurred as the result of a football game. The sport began when Yale and Harvard graduates gathered at the Farragut Boat Club in Chicago, Illinois, on Thanksgiving Day in 1887 to await the result of the annual Harvard vs. Yale football game.

Upon the announcement that Yale had won, an alumnus from Yale good-humoredly tossed a boxing glove at a Harvard grad, and the frustrated fan swung at the glove with a stick. The interaction provoked the crowd’s imagination, and a reporter for the Chicago Board of Trade, George Hancock, cried out, “Play ball!”

Hancock then used the glove’s strings to tie it up into a ball-like shape, marked lines on the floor with chalk, and found a broomstick handle with which to hit the “ball.” The first softball game took place that night, resulting in 80 runs. Hancock himself is credited with writing the first rulebook in 1889.

SWAT Academy Helps Make Sports a Viable Option for Families

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William D. Jones, MD, runs a private practice in Oklahoma City, OK, where he focuses on occupational and preventive medicine. William D. Jones, MD, earned a bachelor’s degree from Vanderbilt University in economics and French, a master’s degree in public health from the University of Oklahoma, and a medical degree from Brown University. In addition to his service as a physician, Dr. Jones contributes to a variety of philanthropic programs, including the Angel’s Foundation by way of the SWAT Academy.

SWAT Academy is a softball and baseball training facility in Oklahoma City, OK. SWAT, which stands for Success with Attitude and Toughness, helps young athletes develop the skills and character necessary to succeed in sports and in life. As part of its efforts, SWAT Academy is affiliated with several charitable organizations. One such organization is the Angel’s Foundation, a nonprofit organization that provides financial assistance to local children who otherwise would not be able to participate in team sports due to financial hardship. SWAT Academy members raise money for player scholarships through various fundraising events and activities, and they donate 100 percent of the profits to the foundation.

SWAT Academy Baseball and Softball Coaches

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For more than two decades, William D. Jones, MD, has treated patients from his private occupational and preventive medicine practice in Oklahoma City, OK. William D. Jones, MD, serves his community in a number of additional ways. He sponsors several local softball and baseball teams and contributes through his relationship with SWAT Academy.