Origins of Sports
A sports movie is a movie genre which uses sports as the main theme of the movie. It’s usually a documentary-type production where a sports event, team, player, or fan of a sports team are heavily featured, and that depend greatly on sports to some extent for their overall plot resolution or inspiration. They could also be made as a comedy with a large amount of humor regarding sports players and their exploits, and could sometimes take an entirely different perspective from the usual sports themes and storyline. Many feature films and TV series have been made about sports, so there’s no shortage of material out there.
A sports story typically begins with an athlete or star athlete coming into contact with another athlete or star player who has an obvious physical skill or ability that the athlete is trying to match. They compete in a physical contest, and if they are successful, they win the competition, and if they are not able to match the performance of their opponent, they must then overcome their own personal handicap or inability to keep up with their opponent, all the while keeping their competitive spirit high and determined to win. After the competition, if the winner is not widely known to the general public, it’s often referred to as an autotelic competition, because the event is one which is based solely on skill and strength, without consideration to age, health, or any other outside factors which could keep a competitor from competing. In modern times, though, it’s not uncommon for sports competition to include elements of both physical skill and mental acuity. For instance, during the 2021 Beijing Olympics, gold and silver medals were awarded to the competitors who came from different sports at different times and during different games, such as fencing and taekwondo.
The history of sports competitions and sports events go far back into the annals of human history, going back to the days of boyhood sports activities such as running, wrestling, baseball, basketball, softball, track, field, swimming, tennis, and golf. As each sport was refined through time, its inherent ability to be performed in a particular way was enhanced, resulting in the ability of each athlete to excel beyond his natural physical prowess. Today, the most popular and well-known sports in the United States involve contact sports like football, basketball, baseball, softball, and gymnastics.
Renaissance Sports History The early Renaissance, the period immediately following the Renaissance, witnessed a renaissance in European sports activity. Most notable of these were the Roman and Greek games and sports activities such as soccer and tennis. Although some scholars argue that the Renaissance’s emphasis on physical education helped shape our modern sporting culture, others believe that the development of the athletic culture owed more to the need for protection from harsh climates and the lack of public transportation available during this time. Either way, during the Renaissance there was a tremendous passion for sports and games. The most notable of these was the influence of the games and sports in promoting religious views during the time.
Sports during the Renaissance had two distinctly different roots, the first stemming from the desire of aristocrats to prove themselves to their peers and the second stemming from the desire of some men to engage in athletic events in order to prove themselves to women. Commonly referred to as “mock fighting”, the practice arose in theatrical performances wherein the purpose was to test the strength and skill of the men in attendance. As the sport developed and spread across Europe, many people began to participate in mock fights or participated in organized sporting events where a winner would emerge. For instance, fencing was introduced in Italy around the 12th century as a means to test the skill and strength of men. Although the concept of wearing a helmet was not introduced until the fifteenth century, fencing initially became associated with certain socialites and military officers.
Sports Competitions & Sports History There are many examples of early sports competitions. One of the most famous of these is the game of baseball, which began as a game played between groups of men at night in European taverns. From there, the popularity of the sport of baseball spread all over Europe and America, with teams and leagues being formed based on the particular areas in which the teams resided. American football, basketball, softball, baseball, soccer and lacrosse have been examples of early multi-sport competitions that have continued to grow into widespread sports competition even today.