Three Types of Sports
Sports (often cited as “the other Olympics”) is a broad category that includes all types of actively competitive physical action that, through organised or casual competition, attempt to utilize, improve or develop particular physical aptitude and skills while also providing entertainment for participants, and sometimes, spectators. There are many different sports. The most famous and well-known are track and field, swimming, tennis, rugby, hockey and American football. Each sport is usually associated with a particular region, nationality, age group and level of skill. Some are associated with particular equipment and some are generally open to any participant who wants to try out.
Association football is the most popular and widely played sport in the UK, counting as over one hundred clubs. It’s also one of the most physically active sports in the world, since the gear required for this game requires both supreme endurance and strength and a lot of muscular mass, as well as powerful knees and legs, lungs and physique. It is a sport in which the ball (attached to the end of a long pole) is passed around a number of players on the opposite side, with the object of the game being to score the most points. The rules governing Association football are very complex, making the activity more than a game of kickboard and flag-wagging, but the basic idea is that the physical fitness of the players is judged by their ability to tackle or pass the ball.
Another popular sport, although less well known than Association football, is mind sports, such as cross-country skiing, snooker, billiards, snooker and golf. All of these games require a great deal of speed, physical strength and agility and the equipment used is also specialized, as is the psychology involved in the activity. Many people who play mind sports consider it a competitive activity, though others do not. In mind sports, the object is to be the first person to complete a circuit of at least twelve holes without rolling a single ball. The winner is the person who completes the circuit without missing any shots.
The other common sport is horse riding. Though equestrian sports are often associated with sports like horse polo and dressage, the history of the sport goes back much further than those two sports. While riding is still commonly practiced by both men and women in many parts of the world, it was in the 16th century that it became a recognized sport. It is similar to sailing in the way it requires good seamanship and a knowledge of the wind, although it differs in that horses are not sailboats. The major difference is that horse riding is a physical contest, rather than a sailing or swimming event. It is popular in many countries as a source of leisure and recreation.
Modern day sports, such as rugby, cricket, American football and baseball are largely spectator sports, with only a small portion of the population ever picking up a sports stick or wearing a jersey. Yet they all have one thing in common, and that is a love of the game. Without that love of the game, none of these would ever have been created. Sports fanatics enjoy all of the sports, with some fanaticizing their particular team or league so much that they devote their lives to trying to attend every game, or at least watching it on a regular basis.
As stated earlier, sports can be divided into three different categories: physical, mental and non-physical. A person can excel in one or more categories, but they are generally balanced in all three. In fact, while many non-athletes may lack in the physical prowess of a marathon runner, a great boxer may not have anywhere near the physical prowess of the great surfer. But because they each share the same love for the sport, the end results are often remarkably similar.