What Makes a Sport Real?
Sport (or physical sport) is any form of actively competitive physical activity that, through organised or casual competition, aim to employ, maintain or develop specific physical skill and ability in competitive situations while also providing entertainment for participants, and sometimes, spectators. The word ‘sport’ itself may imply any one of these elements, but in most cases it refers to any one of them. There are numerous different types of sport, but the common element is that they are all competitive.
Basketball, motor racing, tennis, baseball, golf, rugby, track running, swimming, football, hockey, horse racing and ice skating are but a few common types. In the US alone, there are over three hundred individuals, family and public recreational sports facilities. Many of these, such as hockey and softball, are recognized as ‘persistent competitive sports’ and receive funding and support from the government. Sports may be broadly categorized as being designed to test the participant’s strength, agility, endurance, mental skills, or any combination thereof.
Professional sport teams are made up of players who, together with members from the team, participate in regular games or tournaments. The object of the game is to win, by making the best score, the most number of goals or the shortest amount of time, at the end of an allotted period of play. Matches are often dependent on luck, with the match results determined by what happens in the dice roll or the outcome of a number of individual events between the two teams. In some sports, like rugby, for instance, there are several phases to the game, each having its own set of rules. This has led to its being called a game of rules.
Professional sport athletes have achieved considerable fame and money through their performances in sports competitions. Most popular athletes are sports professionals who, by the very nature of their profession, have to keep constantly working at improving their skills in order to stay competitive. They are also famous for being able to perform with great flexibility and agility. In addition, they often excel above the competition because they possess a superior mental ability and a higher IQ than the average person.
Sport involves physical activities that require the participant to move around a lot. This includes games such as soccer, which involves a lot of running and jumping around, along with making fast moves and carrying out attacks with the feet. Rugby is a similar sport, but with the ball. Weightlifting is another sport where one needs to lift a particular weight by using both hands. One sport that involves sprinting is track and field, while bowling involves throwing the ball very quickly and making contact with pins. Martial arts such as taekwondo and kung fu are two more sports that involve large amounts of moving around and include moves that involve throwing the head, smashing the legs, lifting the head off the floor, throwing the head forward or backwards, or striking the opponent with the legs.
Some games are played behind a goal, while others are played during extra time, in other words, in the locker room. Other games have simple rules that are easy to understand and follow, but involve scoring goals. In other words, a sport may be described as being a game involving a ball, an arena, an outlet, or a group of people. Most people are familiar with common volleyball games such as slow-pitch, speed, and serves; other games, however, such as tennis or cricket, are unfamiliar.