Sports (or sports) can be broadly divided into three main segments; contact sports, motor sports, and fitness or recreation sports. Sports can be classified based on the equipment used and their effect on physical performance, but some sports are more competitive than others. Sports (or sports) can also be classified according to the involvement of the participant, for example, contact sports often require the use of athletic shoes and other equipment such as mouth guards and helmets, whereas games that do not require athletic shoes can also be listed here.
One of the most popular types of sports is swimming. Water has been a traditional and important ingredient in athletic activity, right from the ancient times when Greek athletes used the pools of Mount Marathon as training grounds. Today, swimming remains an important component of many Olympic sports and is a vigorous, stimulating, and competitive athletic activity. Among other activities that make up a sports event, swimming is unique among them because of its requirement of excellent body strength, endurance, and swimming skills. The reason for this is that, unlike most other sports, swimming does not make use of any ‘gear’ (athletic shoes, masks, etc), but relies solely on the participant’s own body strength to propel oneself forward.
Motor sports refer to any type of outdoor athletic activity that makes use of a vehicle. Motor sports can include any of the following: racing, motor skiing, dirt motor biking, drag racing, motor cycling, karting, horse riding, bicycling, motor scooting, etc. These sports require great speed, agility, skill, and physical strength. They are competitive, though not violent, and most are undertaken for self-gain or for fun. Common sports are soccer, basketball, rugby, football, tennis, bicycling, skiing, motor scootering, sailing, and swimming.
Extreme sports, on the other hand, are any physical activity that puts extreme strain on the body and the muscles. Some examples of extreme sports include mountain climbing, hang gliding, skydiving, bungee jumping, and surfing. Extreme sports have gained popularity in recent years as many celebrities are involved in these activities. Among the most popular extreme sports are mountain climbing, white water rafting, and surfing.
In America, young people are attracted to participating in athletics due to the numerous positive benefits they obtain from doing so. Athletic participation is considered to be a healthy and enjoyable pastime for many people. Among those who participate in organized sports, physical activity has been known to improve confidence, self-esteem, and social skill. Many professionals in the medical field also believe that participation in sports like baseball, basketball, football, golf, track and field, softball, swimming, tennis, gymnastics, and sailing improve health and well-being.
Unnecessary injury to one’s body is another reason why young people engage in these activities. Participation in sports like skiing, snowboarding, windsurfing, wakeboarding, skateboarding, BMX biking, motorcycling, snowmobiling, and surfing can lead to minor injuries and can also cause long term problems if not attended to in time. Among the most common sports injuries suffered by young people are heat exhaustion and muscle pain. Heat exhaustion is caused when the body is exposed to too much physical activity for a prolonged period of time.
Heat stroke is another condition that can be caused by participating in heat-oriented sports. Heat stroke is a medical emergency and should be treated immediately. Muscle pain, swelling, and dizziness are common symptoms of heat exhaustion. If left untreated, heat stroke may eventually lead to death. As seen in the pediatric news, many children who engage in physical sports have been found to suffer from heat strokes.
It is important for middle schools to emphasize physical activity among their students. Participating in sports can help young people learn how to become competitive. It will teach them how to properly respect others and exercise self control. Sports also allow athletes to improve their endurance and fortitude. If physical education in schools is given adequate priority, then there will be less sports injuries and consequently, fewer sports related deaths.