The Impact Sport Has on Young People
Sport (or physical sport) is any forms of regularly competitive physical activity that, through organised or casual competition, attempt to use, enhance or improve certain physical ability and abilities while also providing entertainment for participants, and occasionally, spectators. The activities covered are generally those activities which can be used by humans and animals and are normally undertaken for the purpose of the development of those elements of the body that are of particular use in coordinated functioning. Such activities include running, jumping, walking, wrestling, climbing, swimming, basketball, tennis, golf, horse riding, cricket, soccer, baseball and many others. Some types of sport activity may be undertaken competitively, while others may be non-competitively, meaning that they are undertaken with a view to testing the participant’s physical capabilities in an outdoor setting. Sport activities may be interspersed with the participant’s normal daily activities and most people find it difficult to compete in a competitive sporting event. The term sport can therefore be applied to any activity in which the participant may be required to exercise his or her physical faculties, so the activities covered under the term are broadly inclusive of those activities undertaken in the course of normal day-to-day activities.
In the United States, professional sport has developed in response to the development of professional sportswear, such as the wide-spandex outfits most commonly seen at most sporting events. Professional sport has been defined as the discipline or art of engaging in organized competition, especially competitive athletic activity. The word ‘professional’ is not dependent upon whether the sporting activity is a men’s game or a women’s game. It also depends on whether the activity is organised or competitive, whether it is a physical activity or a competition of skill, and whether the activity is undertaken for profit or for pleasure.
Sport is a broad term open to interpretation by many people and organisations, since it covers a broad range of practices. Sport can therefore be understood as a set of values and traditions associated with human activity, and as an understanding of how we find pleasure in different types of physical exertion. Sport also includes other areas not normally associated with physical exertion, such as grooming, gymnastics, and other aspects of beauty. Sport includes games such as golf, tennis, swimming, squash, cricket, horse racing, ice skating, motor racing, cycling, snorkelling, and surfing. The activities covered by the term sport can take many forms and are therefore not limited to those that are traditionally seen as being related to the physical domain.
Sport is now an established part of American life; in fact, it forms an important part of American cultural life as well. This form of social interaction provides an important dimension of family life and family relationships. The idea of the matchmaker helps explain why sports are an important component of social life in the United States. The idea of the matchmaker arises from the fact that human beings require some form of social interaction in order to satisfy their need for individual freedom. Without this form of social interaction, the need for freedom will be satisfied by a more physical form. That is why American sport has developed into a highly structured system of structured competitions, such that the winner receives rewards associated with the level of success achieved.
Sport is also closely connected to the values and attitudes of American society, which understand that individuals should pursue what they want, despite what others think. In America, this attitude is widely held, especially since there are now huge levels of personal wealth attained by some segments of American society. Sport also provides an opportunity for large numbers of talented human beings to express themselves. Some of these performers are rewarded financially while others are hired by the sports organisation, often at a professional level. There is a great deal of media attention given to sportspeople, who are regarded as the faces of a particular culture.
Sport also provides an important forum for discussions about race, gender, and social status. These factors have a bearing on the way in which sport is viewed and interpreted by sport lovers, as well as the people who follow the sport for professional reasons. There are many debates about which sports help to forge the US society, and about the effect that such sports will have on American youngsters when they become adults. However, all these things are peripheral to the influence that sport has on young people.