A Brief Look at the Development of Sports in the 20th Century
Sports, in general, are activities in which people attempt to win and at the same time attempt to learn about the sport that they are participating in. There are various forms of sports. These can include contact sports like soccer and American football, and non-contact sports like diving, snorkeling and surfing. In addition, there are also organized sports like ice climbing, synchronized swimming, fencing, gymnastics and track and field.
The word’sports’ came from the Greek word’sport’ which meant manual labour, and from the English words ‘play’ and’sport’. So, from this root word, we get sports. A sport, in this sense, is an action generally involving skill, knowledge or luck, where you attempt to beat an opponent and follow a certain set of rules. In English however, the word sports has come to imply something like a game of sport; where the object of the game is generally to compete, although in many other contexts the term may mean competitive spirit or zeal.
One of the most common types of sports is motor sports such as auto racing, Formula one racing, motor biking and NASCAR (Motorsports Authority). Motor sports are a hybrid form of physical contest and sport. Many of these sports involve drivers overtaking each other. However, some sports can also include non-ovalvasive competitions such as swimming, cycling and sailing. In addition, there are also organized competitions, especially in motor sport, such as triathlons and marathons.
Modern sports, such as mixed martial arts, surfing and beach volleyball, are entirely different from the physical contests that took place in the early part of the 20th century. In the early decades of the 20th century, organized competitive athletics were seen as a stepping stone towards professional sports. As social pressure mounted, especially after World War II, sports started taking on a more athletic spirit, and this was seen in sports such as track and field, wrestling, boxing and gymnastics. Today, nearly all forms of exercise are based around the competitive aspect of them. Competitions in swimming, running, swimming and rowing have been integrated into popular sports and have developed into annual events, as well as grand festivals that are organized around particular sports.
Extreme sports, such as skydiving, high-diving, bungee jumping and snowboarding are extremely risky endeavors for the athletes involved, and the equipment used makes them particularly dangerous. These sports involve great exertion, a great deal of skill and risk. The equipment used requires advanced and often very expensive technology. Extreme sports also involve extreme physical challenges. They usually involve very little rest, little food and excessive physical training.
Many people in the 20th century have argued that Britain has neglected its physical education and has relied on sports for entertainment instead. This is down to the fact that traditional sports, such as football and rugby, require a lot of hard work and little exercise. Modern sports have had the benefit of technological development. High-jumpers, jumpers and roller coaster riders have become a normal way of getting around towns and cities and have developed into a physical activity that millions of people enjoy every day.