Introduction to Sports
Sports are organized physical activities and competitions. These satisfy the need for physical exercise, play and competition among people. There are many types of sports. However, all sports are essentially competitive. This is the main difference between recreational, leisure or play and sports.
The main aim of a sport activity is to achieve some goal by using physical power, skill and/or the use of the mind. Sports activities can be broadly classified into two categories – sport in contact sports, where the participant must use his or her physical strength to win; and game or fitness-oriented sports, where the player’s physical strength is used in a strategic way to attain a goal. For example, swimming is a sport activity, but it is also a game activity (as in polo) or a form of game recreation (as in gymnastics). In other words, it combines the elements of both sports – using the body in a strategic manner to win.
Some of the most popular and well-known sport activities include contact sports such as soccer and American football, basketball, ice hockey and softball, and mind sports such as chess, poker, rapping, billiards, and squash. Many of these games are now considered to be more than just sports activities; they have become part of popular culture and are also a great source of enjoyment for their fans. Sports are a good way to socialize with others and improve social interaction skills such as group interaction, communication and consensus-building. Therefore, it is important that when you join a team, you should know how to play your part in its success so that you can contribute to its overall growth and development. When you participate in sports, remember that your participation is not just about winning, but it also about enjoying the experience and getting a chance to make new friends.