Sports and Physical Fitness
Sport (or athletic activity) is any form of generally competitive physical activity that, through organised or casual participation, attempt to utilize, develop or maintain specific physical capability and abilities while offering physical enjoyment to participants, and sometimes, spectators, at the same time. There are many kinds of sport activities. They can be physical contact sports like soccer, wrestling, boxing, softball, basketball, hockey and track and field. Or, sports can also be competition or team sports such as motor racing, skiing, football, rugby, ice hockey and American football. And, they can also be activities for children such as baseball, gymnastics, cheerleading and skating. There are also sports that are organized for sports’ competitions such as skiing, sailing, swimming, motorcycling, motor racing and football.
Sports are of different types. Some involve physical contact sports or activities, where the competing athletes attempt to overcome each other in a contest to be the winner. These may be divided into two general categories: competitive and non-competitive sports. Competitions are characterized by the use of physical strength, strategy and skill, often with an element of chance. Non-competition sports, on the other hand, involve only the use of physical skills.
As we have mentioned earlier, most high school students participate in sports. In most instances, they do not really realize that sports are part of their academic and physical education curriculum. As a matter of fact, it is a common practice in middle schools for athletic programs to incorporate sports into the curriculum. This is because physical education teachers usually have an idea about the positive aspects of participating in sports, and they also encourage students to join in. After all, sports provide a great outlet for social interaction and physical fitness. A good example would be for an athletic program to have a cheer camp, as students will learn how to cheer for their teams and participate in sports themselves.
For many students, sports are more than just games. Instead, sports can teach important life lessons such as discipline, motivation, patience, competition, teamwork, and even patience and resilience. As we mentioned earlier, some sports develop physical activity and motor skills. Some also teach the art of goal setting, strategy, teamwork, and patience.
Another important aspect of sports is skill. It may sound like an oxymoron, but most sports actually require skill. For example, in baseball, the player needs to be on top of his swing, or else the whole meaning of batting fails. The same principle is applied in football and lacrosse. To say that lacrosse requires physical dexterity and football and lacrosse need mental agility is an understatement.
There is no denying that sports help build strong physical fitness. That said, most athletes think of sports as an activity where they do physical labor that also equates to intellectual labor. Well, while intellectual labor is very important, physical labor is equally, if not more, significant. If you want to excel in sports, you need to have both motor skills and intellectual skills. Otherwise, your efforts will be fruitless.