The History of Sport
Sports are a number of different types of physical activities that people participate in for the purpose of recreation. Sports can be competitive or non-competitive. Most sports, whether competitive or non-competitive, require participants to use large parts of their body, usually their legs, often while jumping or throwing. The equipment used in these sports may vary, but most sports are played with a ball or other type of playing surface, a ball or a bat.
Sport is most commonly defined as a physical activity that entails some level of physical competition, like basketball or netball. Many types of modern athletics and some games from the early 19th century have become part of popular modern sports. A participant in a sport is sometimes known as a participant. British sports in the 19th century included foxhounds driving a cart around muddy fields, while cricket players engaged in a bat and ball match.
Sports become more widely competitive in the nineteenth century. Commercialism began to influence sports, with companies producing sports equipment and holding sports competitions to increase money. These new industries made possible the development of new sports: motor sports, including motor horse racing and track and field, tennis and baseball, and polo. The first Olympic Games, in 1900, was an achievement in modern sporting technology.
Sports competitions took a new form in the twentieth century with the development of sports that were more aesthetic than physical contests. Professional wrestling, for example, did not involve physical confrontations. Wrestlers instead engaged in acts of acrobatics and gymnastics. Modern athletes engaged in extreme sports because they had increased opportunities to earn money and fame.
Sport continues to evolve, becoming more popular throughout the world. Association football, soccer and American football are examples of the widespread appeal of sport, despite occasional hostility from fans and opponents. However, there are still major barriers to the wider acceptance of mind sports. Negative public views of certain games, like rugby, make the game less enjoyable for many people. Sports that require skill or complicated techniques, such as table tennis, affect the minds and bodies of most people.
As modern sports continue to influence society, the definition of what constitutes a sport will likely change over time. The definition of what is not a sport can be applied to most existing sporting competitions, though the way these definitions are applied may vary among countries. Sports appear in most countries’ sporting literature, with European and North American texts presenting similar formats of contest. Sport also plays a major role in the political arenas of many countries, with athletes frequently standing for political parties and becoming candidates.