Sports (or sports) includes all types of typically competitive physical activity that, through organised or casual competition, attempt to use, develop or enhance particular physical ability and abilities while also providing entertainment for participants, and sometimes, spectators. The development of sports is often motivated by a desire to test an athlete’s abilities against another, an ambition to compete against other people or a wager of money on the outcome of sporting events. Sports can be amateur or professional; the former generally refers to amateur competitions held by non-professional athletes, while the latter may involve professionals such as professionals gamers and boxers. Sports can be played either individually or alongside others, in teams, or in a combined fashion. Sports can be physical as in the games of basketball, baseball, softball and tennis, or leisurely as in swimming, cycling and golf.
Organisations that pursue sports as a vocation need to take a number of factors into consideration to ensure fair competition and have rules and regulations in place to protect the athletes, teams and venues from unfair advantages. For example, in certain countries, some type of compulsory sports age-grading system is in place to ensure fairer competition among younger players. This age-grading system is used to separate the best from the rest in different age categories. In addition, some sporting organisations may recognise certain sportspeople for international status, such as gold and silver medal winners. To compete at a higher level, athletes have to undergo specialized training, which improves their speed, strength and swimming abilities.
As well as the above, sports help develop skills in many ways. For example, playing sports helps develop motor and hand-eye coordination. Sports help to build confidence, both through competition and interaction with teammates and opponents. It also teaches discipline, which is a valuable asset to anyone who wants to succeed in life. Competitions such as football help to ensure fair play, while other sports such as swimming help develop speed, endurance and health.
Another key benefit to be gained from participation in a sporting activity is the ability to socialize and meet new people. Whether it’s a local league or international competition, meeting new people is always beneficial and can contribute to a person’s development in many different ways. The main article continues to go on about the wide range of benefits that sports help develop, but in this article we look specifically at how playing a sport develops healthy attitudes and behaviour.
Health professionals such as the American College of Sports Medicine believe that participation in physical activity provides many positive benefits including improved muscle tone and mass, increased stamina and better cardiovascular health. Other benefits of participation in sports include improved mental health and increased social interaction. The main article goes on to say that there is now evidence to suggest that the effects of regular sports involvement extends beyond health improvement into areas such as creativity, social interaction and optimism, which are all important to achieve success in life. As well as these main benefits, sports help to build confidence and increase the enjoyment of life. Finally, the article argues that sports help build the self-esteem and social interaction skills that are so important to achieving personal and professional success.
There is a growing body of research that supports the view that non-physical activity has a positive effect on mental well-being. Some research has found links between recreational sports and higher levels of mental fitness. Also supported is the view that non-physical activity, such as recreational sports, may improve brain function, both in active and inactive states. Overall, then, it appears that the evidence suggests that sports are good for you.