In today’s world, the concept of sports has become almost universal. Almost all humans engaged in some type of sports or physical activities. The word “sport” itself is derived from the Latin word “sport” meaning “performing a sport”. Sports can be broadly categorized into two areas – competitive sports, and non-competing sports. There are many different sports, but the most popular sports include: swimming/fishing, fishing, golf, tennis, badminton, horse riding, golf, soccer, rugby, athletics, gymnastics, motor-car racing, surfing, aerobics, skiing, snowboarding, skating, bowling, fishing and climbing.
Competitive sports. Sports are competitive physical actions and activities. These satisfy the human need to compete, physical action and competition. This is perhaps the most obvious difference between non-competing sports, which are essentially competitive. This line of distinction helps us better understand the difference between sports and how they affect us. Athletes engaged in sports will usually experience both psychological and physiological aspects of motivation.
Psychological: psychological aspects of motivation includes the ability to perform at a high level even under a great deal of stress, the ability to persist when faced with great difficulties, the ability to make changes to one’s physical activities or manner of dress, and the ability to perform with minimum exertion or effort. Our competitive streak pushes us to continually strive for better results, to go beyond our strengths, push our limits, to overcome obstacles, to push ourselves beyond what most people believe is possible. Our physical skills and strength training to keep us in good shape. Our motor skills help us move and use our muscles for competitive or laborious activity. We use our sensory organs such as sight, hearing, touch and taste to help us compete in athletic events and activities.
Physiological: Physical activities that we engage in help us build our muscle, bone and tissue, improve bone density and create additional muscle and bone mass. These activities also help us build our stamina, speed and endurance. Our motor skills help us complete tasks. The mental aspects of sports include self-confidence, the ability to concentrate, self-discipline, and concentration, and positive thinking.
Organized Sports: Organized sports, such as American football and basketball, require a great deal of physical activity. In contrast, most other sports, such as baseball, soccer, and track and field, only require minimal physical activity. Many athletes, especially professional athletes, compete in an extremely structured environment, which enables them to focus on a specific task (usually a game) and have a coach or team of coaches who guide them through the activity. They practice, build up their muscles, and compete in a series of games or competitions. These players generally have a coach who has developed special techniques using which the player learns how to perform his or her best. Other athletes work with a professional trainer who has specifically designed a specific system for improving their motor skills, agility, speed, and balance.
There are many people who enjoy sports and would like to participate in a particular activity, either professionally or for recreation. Many of these individuals feel that they could benefit from participating in a sport. In this regard, they could learn more about the history of the sport they want to play, learn its rules and regulations, and maybe take a training course or two. Most colleges and universities have sports programs that offer funding, assistance, and advice to interested students interested in the sport of their choice. They also usually have scholarships available for individuals who qualify for an athletic scholarship.