Sport is commonly defined as a physical activity which involves a level of physical exertion, like basketball or netball. Many forms of competitive sports and some games which are not physically strenuous are known as sports. In the United States, there are several major professional sports which have become quite popular, and they are baseball, football, hockey, basketball, tennis and swimming. A pro in a sport is also often known as an athlete. In the United Kingdom, there are several rugby teams and soccer clubs.
While most forms of sports are contact sports, some are endurance sports. An example of an endurance sport would be bicycle racing. Bicycle racing is an example of a high endurance athletic activity which relies on the motor skills and physical stamina of the rider and/or the bike. Sports that require one to rely on their physical skills, and thus require a high level of fitness, are known as sports which rely on strength and power.
Among children and adolescents, especially those who engage in rough and tumble play, sports may play a role in the development of certain physical traits. It has been suggested that playing sports can help to promote healthy levels of self-esteem, as sports provide a safe outlet for young people to try out their physical actions and techniques and to overcome any fear or anxiety they may have about trying new things. It is also suggested that sports help to build the self-confidence and self-image of younger people. One of the most common reasons why younger people choose a particular sport may be connected with the role it plays in their childhood. Many young people may begin to display a particular skill or trait that is noticed by their friends and other family members. The individual’s performance in a team sport may become the inspiration for them to pursue a goal that has eluded them throughout their lives; this goal may perhaps be a particular sport that they have been pursuing but have never been able to join because it was physically too challenging for them.
There are several types of sports which are frequently thought of when discussing physical activity. Football, basketball and soccer are just some of the most common names on the list. A typical athletic activity which uses many of the above mentioned body movements is called a sport. The term ‘sport’ is often used to distinguish the physical activity from others such as recreational or outdoor games, horse riding, inline skating and so forth. Sportive events may also be categorised under the umbrella of organised sport; for example swimming, diving, mountain climbing, track running and so forth.
An additional type of sports, which is often interwoven with some element of exercise or physical activity is an endurance event. The primary aim of these events is to test a person’s endurance and, through this, develop various motor skills. Endurance events often include things such as ultra-marathons, triathlons, marathons and the like. While many people may associate the act of running with the idea of a pure physical activity, it should be noted that there are a great number of sports which incorporate running into their design. A good example of this is that the Marathon is often seen as an endurance event.
Finally, some common but lesser known types of sports are predominantly aerobic or cardio based. These involve walking, jogging, running and cycling. Whilst some of these motor skills development activities may not be directly reliant upon the type of athletics they incorporate, there are still some that will. A good example of this is that while running is an important element of an athlete’s performance, walking is a vital component of an athlete’s endurance and, without walking, an athlete’s performance would be hindered. This can be seen in several sports where walking is seen as an important part of an athletic activity.