Sports is often defined as any type of physical activity which involves some level of competition, for example netball or soccer. Some other types of sporting activity and some games are also considered sports. An athlete in a particular sport is known as a sportsperson. For instance, Jack Nicklaus is the most popular golfer in the world and he is not only an athlete but has been called a sportsman as well.
Sportsmanship is one of the goals of most sportspeople. Sports can be competitive or non-competitive. Sportsmanship is the quality of agreeing rules and regulations to play a game rather than picking a fight. Sports may involve physical contact, but are generally meant to be controlled. It involves the application of physical skills to overcome challenges such as hitting a ball on the golf course or swimming in the ocean.
There are two major components of sports: skill and sport. Skill is related to the ability to do physical activities. Sport refers to the aesthetic component of athletic activity. Sports can be competitive or non-competitive. A winner of a sports competition not only wins the prize, but their presence or participation is perceived by others as a significant benchmark of personal athletic ability.
Not all sports can be easily explained by describing physical skill and sport. For instance, drawing is not a sport, nor is paintball. Therefore, to describe a person’s activity as a sport would be misleading. Drawing is a form of visual art, whereas paintball is a military simulation game. There are a number of mind sports which require the athlete to use a certain amount of “smart” power, but which do not require the athlete to use physical skill.
Sports also help build self-confidence and self-esteem. These qualities are important for people to have in today’s society. Sports help young people develop mental abilities which they will use throughout their lives. Sports help to build teamwork and help build the character of the individual.
The ability to physically participate in sports has positive benefits for the body, mind, and spirit. It is important for children to get off the couch and get physically active. Middle schools are trying to help students become more physically active by adding sports to the school year schedule. The increase of physical activity in the middle schools is a positive step forward in the fight against childhood obesity.