Sports (also known as athletics) is an organized type of often competitive physical activity that, through organized or informal participation, attempts to use, improve or maintain physical skill and abilities while also providing enjoyment to spectators, players, and participants alike. Sport is most common in the Western world where it is often a competitive activity but it has been gaining popularity in other parts of the world as well. In the United States, it has become increasingly popular with adults while in other countries, particularly Asia, sports have been taken up as a form of recreation and entertainment.
Among the most popular sports are ice hockey, football, soccer, ice climbing, swimming, basketball, and cycling. These activities are typically performed with teams of two, three, or more players and involve a variety of physical contact among players on the field or court. Many of these sports can also be played individually and there are tournaments for several different types of sports, including ice hockey, soccer, and baseball. Some sports, such as synchronized swimming, require the use of water as well, such as synchronized swimming.
Not all popular sports are athletic in nature and there are many non-athletic forms of sports that involve people and animals of all kinds. Examples of non-athletic sports include, but are not limited to; dog-riding, bungee jumping, rafting, bungee tramping, trekking, mountain climbing, rock climbing, kite surfing, and hiking. While some forms of non-athletic sport can be fun and exciting, others may be less safe or challenging. There is also the possibility of injury if you engage in certain activities that involve the use of dangerous equipment or are undertaken by inexperienced people.
Oldest forms of popular sports
The first sport that comes to mind when people think of sports is basketball. It is the most popular sport in America and the second most popular in the world with almost 20 million people playing the sport. In addition to being the most popular, basketball is also one of the oldest forms of popular sports and is one of the few sports that is played today in the United States. It is also one of the oldest sports to have a professional league with the NBA and other professional teams in the United States.
Popular sports also include football, which is played in different countries around the world, including Canada, England, Scotland, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, Brazil, France, Japan, China, and Korea. In the United States, the game is most popular and widely played in major cities like Los Angeles, Dallas, Atlanta, Houston, Phoenix, New York, Chicago, and San Francisco.
Popular sports are very much the norm and, however, they are not the only ones available to people who participate in. Other sports are available to people who enjoy sports but may not be very popular among the larger communities.