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Sports, football, baseball, soccer, basketball are they paleo?

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Created February 02, 2011 at 12:16 AM

I wonder which of the sports that people plays are closer to the spirit and movement of paleolithic people. I think that all team sports mean group coordination and support and among them I believe that football, soccer and basketball are more paleo, perhaps because there is a lot of coordinated effort. I do not think golf or tennis, for instance are close to the paleo ideal. Of course these are just my opinions and I am ready to change them if I find other good arguments. What do you think are the paleo-characteristics of sports?

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on October 06, 2012
at 03:11 AM

Absolutely! Soccer defines my life right now, and I love it. And the decision making piece applies to everyone--the adrenaline of taking a penalty kick (or any dfk or ifk) is just as good.

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on December 23, 2011
at 05:55 AM

I think team sports have more in common with warriors that came later. Lots of self sacrifice for the sake of the team. H-Gs are more like today's hunters... just we have more tools now and eat lots of crap.

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on March 11, 2011
at 03:41 PM

I don't think they would have owned Cro-Magnon man...they would have been tossed around like rag-dolls

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on March 11, 2011
at 04:18 AM

Pretty much. Which is why I'm doing judo when I'm not cross fitting. Wrestling pre-dates humans since many mammals engage in some form of wrestling, at least as juveniles. It doesn't really get any more primal than trying to throw and pin another mammal on its back. After that, maybe both versions of football. American style for the folks that like to sprint and tackle their prey by hand, and the version everyone else plays for the endurance hunters. Basketball? Well not so much Paleo, but Lebron, Blake Griffin or Dwight Howard would have owned the Paleolithic.

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on February 02, 2011
at 04:22 PM

There seems to be a lot of Paleo soccer players around here!

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on February 02, 2011
at 03:27 PM

Me too. I still think it's the most primal of sports. Occasional standing around punctuated by sprints, chases, moments of skill, and (as goalie) split-second decision-making with potentially disastrous consequences. I love it.

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on February 02, 2011
at 02:31 PM

Patrik I think it is interesting to know the views on this, since sport activity is one of the most important ways of movement that people has in the modern world. I would still practice a sport even if it is not paleo but I would love to know what the others think about it!

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on February 02, 2011
at 06:48 AM

None of these sports are any more or any less Paleo than any of the others. Who cares how "Paleo" a sport is as long you are having fun and aren't hurting yourself or at least okay with hurting yourself...

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on February 02, 2011
at 04:28 AM

Out of the sports listed I would say soccer, because it seems to me it replicates a hunting party moving across a field in unison to surround prey

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on February 02, 2011
at 03:30 AM

My ivew is that most sports are kind of paleo, do you think that is right and also which sports are more paleo?

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on February 02, 2011
at 10:50 AM

Of all the sports I've played seriously, rugby is by far the paleo-ist. Picture the ball as a small animal, and you have two tribes fighting to the death over dinner. OK...kicking "dinner" through uprights after capturing it is a little odd, but the rest is quite paleo, I'd say.

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on February 02, 2011
at 02:07 AM

I always thought sports athletes are what became of the hunters after they no longer needed to hunt. A sport team has the same number of players as a hunting party. The best players are the heros and get the spoils, just like the best hunters did. There is also the idea of a "sacrifice" in various sports. Individuals sacrifice themselves for the good of the group.

That's my theory anyway.

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on December 23, 2011
at 05:55 AM

I think team sports have more in common with warriors that came later. Lots of self sacrifice for the sake of the team. H-Gs are more like today's hunters... just we have more tools now and eat lots of crap.

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on November 16, 2011
at 12:59 AM

As far as basketball is concerned Paleo fuels my games...I'm going 4 hours sometimes, burning well over 3k kcal over the course of several games.

But I guess traditionally speaking powerlifters, and olympic style weight lifters are more inclined to go Paleo, where most pro athletes still think that eating SAD is the way to go.

That being said I'm wondering what the life expectancy would be of somebody like Michael Phelps who consumers 10k kcal a day of your standard American diet.

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on February 02, 2011
at 03:12 AM

I don't care if soccer is paleo or not, I love it to much to give it up.

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on February 02, 2011
at 03:27 PM

Me too. I still think it's the most primal of sports. Occasional standing around punctuated by sprints, chases, moments of skill, and (as goalie) split-second decision-making with potentially disastrous consequences. I love it.

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

(18701)

on February 02, 2011
at 04:22 PM

There seems to be a lot of Paleo soccer players around here!

5ae48230df3b05bb8f210405f75fc8ed

(153)

on October 06, 2012
at 03:11 AM

Absolutely! Soccer defines my life right now, and I love it. And the decision making piece applies to everyone--the adrenaline of taking a penalty kick (or any dfk or ifk) is just as good.

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on December 23, 2011
at 04:35 AM

Rugby... just feels right

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on November 16, 2011
at 03:22 AM

Boxing is the most paleo for man, its represents the essence of the human struggle, courage, discipline in training and performance under pressure. It also requires a tremendous amount of coordination such as hand-eye and lower body-upper body. I don't believe sports such as pure endurance running, rowing or weight lifting to be primal because they're too one-dimensional, anyone can do it to a degree. Not everyone can be a great fighter, but the great fighters are those who protect their primal community.

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on February 02, 2011
at 03:35 PM

I would imagine that likely the oldest sport in the world is some form of wrestling.

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on March 11, 2011
at 04:18 AM

Pretty much. Which is why I'm doing judo when I'm not cross fitting. Wrestling pre-dates humans since many mammals engage in some form of wrestling, at least as juveniles. It doesn't really get any more primal than trying to throw and pin another mammal on its back. After that, maybe both versions of football. American style for the folks that like to sprint and tackle their prey by hand, and the version everyone else plays for the endurance hunters. Basketball? Well not so much Paleo, but Lebron, Blake Griffin or Dwight Howard would have owned the Paleolithic.

Aebee51dc2b93b209980a89fa4a70c1e

(1982)

on March 11, 2011
at 03:41 PM

I don't think they would have owned Cro-Magnon man...they would have been tossed around like rag-dolls

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on February 02, 2011
at 07:22 AM

Here is an extract of the documentary by Desmond Morris relating to the subject. It answers your question thoroughly.

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on February 02, 2011
at 04:57 AM

I think most sports as played by friends at the park or at a lower level are very paleo. COmpetition is natural and so are social dynamics and exercise. However, at the professional level, you have drugs, people pushing themselvet too hard until they become damaged and burnt out, and a basically unbalanced life that centers ONLY around the sport for the most part. These people get arthritis at an early age and have other health issues due to their sport. Also, in many sports, you have mostly very unnaturally built people, like super tall or super heavy, and that is not a natural environment. So I would say professional athletics is, for the most part, not paleo.

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