Sports are competitive physical activities and exercises. These satisfy the natural human need for competition, physical exertion and play. However, all sports are potentially competitive. This is the main difference between sports and leisure, recreation or entertainment. Sports have the potential to build individual fitness, strength, stamina and confidence while leisure has the potential to build social connections, develop leadership and skill sets.
The term sport refers to any organized activity requiring a set of skills that are used to win. There are various types of sports activities such as cycling, gymnastics, golf, hockey, running, rugby, swimming, ice skating, motor sports, lacrosse, volleyball, softball, baseball, basketball, football and track and field. A number of other less common but also popular sports include American football, rugby, ice hockey, tennis and horse racing. Some sports are based entirely on physical contact. Association football and rugby are both considered to be mind sports.
Leisure time is generally spent participating in various sports activities or participating in recreational pursuits. Leisure time is generally not spent performing physically demanding activities. For example, participating in high-impact aerobics class is a physical activity but it is also a leisure activity. It would not be considered a leisure sport activity if the main article of focus were to be physical exertion.
Many people believe that professional sports, like ice climbing and rock climbing, are physical fitness activities. It is possible that the two sports have some influence on each other, but I would not count ice climbing or rock climbing as a sport at all. Professional sports are mainly spectator sports with the athlete generally being an outside observer.
Therefore, if you are interested in competing in a particular sport then it is important that you have been found to have the required physical fitness to do so. If you are injured then it will be more difficult for you to compete than someone who is fit and healthy. There is a very large range of disabled sports which provide a suitable opportunity for those people with disabilities to participate in a sport or recreation. Examples of such sports include swimming, cycling, rowing, sailing, mountain climbing, socket walking, fishing, paintball and golf. However, it should be noted that all of these sports have their own particular requirements and it is important that you understand them before you start.
The above discussion provides an outline of some of the main types of sports which are available for people with physical limitations. A further consideration is that many of these sports can also be enjoyed by people of a wide age range and in any case provide a great way to occupy your spare time. For more details and information you should contact your local sports centre. They should be able to offer help and advice.