The Psychology of Sports
Sports are usually governed by some kind of unwritten rules or traditions, that allow fair play, and enable consistent adjudication of the ultimate winner. In most organized sports, records of past performance are kept, and this data can be openly announced or revealed by the winner, or certain officials to influence the playing field, in order to maintain fairness. However, it is also possible for a winner to reverse course mid-game, taking advantage of a referee’s error of omission, or even deliberately try to win by more inventive means. Sport can be a contact sport as well as an activity. It involves contact, such as collisions, wrestling, body-to-body contact and plays with the ball.
Physical exertion, such as running, leaping and throwing are common in sports. But there is also a lot of energy spent during play, especially when playing contact sports. Therefore, the mental and physical aspects are also interlinked in sports. Both the mental and physical exertion of athletes are required to gain the upper hand in competitions and games.
Sports are popular among children and many adults enjoy indulging in various sports. Some take it up as a pastime, but some take it up seriously. For professional athletes, sports are a way of life. In fact, sportsman like cricket legends owe much of their success to sports that were not only for fun, but also a means of building physical dexterity, agility and strength. Sports can be both enjoyable and beneficial.