Sports (or sports) is any forms of generally competitive physical activity that, through organised or casual participation, attempt to employ, hone or improve specific physical capabilities and abilities while also providing participants, spectators and others with entertainment. There are various types of sports but the most well-known are the indoor and outdoor games like tennis, football, basketball, soccer, track and field etc. Such sports can be engaged in by individuals, teams and even institutions and can be broadly divided into contact sports and game sports. Some of the contact sports include boxing, wrestling, kickboxing, rugby, softball, ice hockey etc.
Sport also covers non-contact athletic pursuits such as camping, hiking, motorcycling, skiing, surfing, sailing, scuba diving, weightlifting, gymnastics, swimming, athletics and cycling. There is also a division for games that involve physical contact like beach volleyball and beach soccer. The latter, is perhaps the most popular and the most well-known amongst the other sports, as it requires a lot of strenuous training and regular workouts. Football is one of the most common games played; its popularity increased tremendously after professionalism was introduced, when professional leagues were established around the world. This resulted in the evolution of the sport itself with significant changes in the rules and regulations, and the manner in which it is played, in recognition of these changes.
Sport also covers participation in activities like participating in non-sport activities and leisure time. It is very important to note that the two mentioned above are different from one another and although they overlap significantly, they are not the same, and the former is what is known as non-sport and the latter is commonly referred to as sport. Sport also encompasses all types of physical fitness activities including body building, aerobics, yoga, dancing, gymnastics, swimming, cycling etc.
Sport is a physical activity that involves various motions, including kicking, punching, throwing, running, jumping and wrestling. This is a good way of keeping fit and healthy, as it not only keeps the muscles and joints working, but it also exercises the cardio-vascular system and provides much needed strength training. However, due to many people being unable to enjoy this sport due to physical disabilities, some have turned to the recreational sports in order to get a good and satisfying workout.
With advancements in technology, there are now many sports equipment and aids available to help individuals and athletes in their pursuit for physical fitness. Sports help in maintaining a healthy body, by providing cardiovascular and weight-training benefits, which help improve bone density, increase muscle mass and help build stamina. There are various sports that can help develop coordination, endurance, flexibility, balance, agility and strength and these include table tennis, badminton, boxing, handball, fencing, skiing, rugby, speed skating, sailing, snooker and swimming.
Individuals with physical disabilities that make it difficult for them to play sports on a regular basis or join professional sports teams will benefit from the guidance and assistance of a specially trained physical fitness trainer. The trainer will help them develop a sport-specific training program that is tailored to their particular needs. The physical training helps develop muscle strength, endurance, flexibility and muscle-to-fat ratio, which is vital in elite sports like football, basketball, track and field, swimming and golf. Individual coaches and trainers in various sports help individual athletes to develop and maintain professional sportsman like competitiveness, teamwork and personal confidence.