Sports (or sports) is any forms of organized or casual physical activity that, through formal or informal participation, aim for the development of physical prowess, skill and physical ability while offering entertainment to participants, and sometimes, spectators, who are interested in the sport. It can also be defined as the interaction of sports with other human activities. Sports may involve physical contact, but can also include the competition of various sports competitions, athletic events, or military exercises. Most sports are organized and governed by teams and/or associations whose primary goals are to promote and organize the games, to acquire, keep and utilize the rights to participate in the games, to properly and safely manage their athletes and to satisfy their obligations to the sport’s organizers and governing bodies. The games themselves are generally divided into two categories: games that require an excessive degree of physical contact and games that don’t. Usually, games that require too much contact are called “contact sports”, while those that don’t are known as “non-contact sports”.
The Olympic Games, for instance, are a great example of a type of non-contact sport. These games require a high degree of physical dexterity, and physical reaction time. For this reason, there are sports that don’t require too much speed, such as swimming, track and field, and some forms of tennis. However, even these sports require great amounts of speed and agility.
Professional athletes have become very popular and famous because they exhibit a level of skill, physical dexterity and athleticism that is unrivaled among other individuals. For this reason, sports enthusiasts are continuously looking for ways to imitate, either by doing the activity itself, or by watching another person do it, a sportsperson. There are a number of ways to learn from sports professionals, such as watching them perform live, or by reading about their sports careers, wins and losses, statistics and awards, etc. Other ways to learn from sports is to join an amateur sporting club in your neighbourhood and participate in their activities and tournaments.
Another example of a sport where the athletes are judged not by wins or losses, but by a combination of physical fitness and mental ability, is association football. Association football is played by teams or clubs and is a team sport. The objective of association football is for each team or club to win, no matter what. However, with few exceptions, association football involves relatively low levels of physical fitness and agility for most players, due largely to the fact that most team and club activities are rather leisure sports activities.
There are also professional sports, such as swimming and baseball, but these are not truly team sports. The participants in these types of sports are not competing against opponents, but against the current conditions of the water or field where the competition takes place. Therefore, unlike most other sports, there is little need for physical dexterity, since the only contest in most cases is how hard one can swim. The athletes in most professional sports do not train for their competitive bodies, but instead spend most of their time practicing their athletic skills, which often translates into superior mental acuity on the whole.
Finally, some types of organized sports may not require the participant to have any particular type of physical fitness or ability. Chess is a good example of an activity that does not require great athleticism or strength, but relies on cerebral processes and strategic thinking. Chess games pit two chess parties against each other in order to determine who is the better player. This section needs to consider the nature of the competition if it is to be successful in teaching students about the differences among sports. Only by examining the nature of the competition can we hope to understand what makes each sport distinct and how the game can best be played for enjoyment and physical fitness.