Association football, also known as soccer, is an association sport that offers many opportunities for foster socialization and physical fitness. Sport includes all kinds of competitive physical activity or sports that, in some way, at least in part, aim to utilize, develop or enhance physical power, agility, endurance, skill, speed, and sportsmanship. Some common types of sport include Association football, rugby, Australian rules football (AFL), American football (NFL, college and professional indoor and outdoor), and water skiing.
Sport is the physical expression of the human spirit and most sports are considered to be therapeutic. Sports have been physical endeavors that were used as a method of conflict resolution, a form of competition, a religious and social activity, and even for war. Because of the physical demands placed on athletes in most sports, many athletes choose to enter sports in order to improve their physical health and strength, as well as their performance in other activities such as swimming and diving. Most sports teach important life skills to help prepare athletes for their everyday lives, from nutrition to weight training and flexibility to speed and endurance.
Sport, however, differs from the physical activity because most sports require very little equipment and most sports can be played with almost anybody, for virtually any age group. Sport can be competitive, like wrestling or boxing, or non-competitive, like fencing or bowling. Almost every type of sport has specific rules governing its performance, its competing teams, and the use of particular techniques and equipment.
In the United States, football and basketball remain the most popular sports for kids and young adults. But, with America’s declining economy and increasing cultural diversity, interest in more varied sports is increasing. Tennis and swimming are two examples of physical activities that are increasing in popularity and, in the past few years, even golf has seen an increase in public interest and has become a more competitive sport as well. Baseball and softball have grown in the public’s consciousness as more of a team-oriented sport that requires good, quick hitting skills. Some of the newer sports, such as soccer, have taken on a professional aspect with the formation of professional leagues.
Every sport has its own unique characteristics that distinguish it from other common sports. The differentiating factor between a popular sport and a spectator sport often revolves around the degree of physical activity and competition involved. Because of the nature of spectator sport, regulation of this sport and its effects on athlete health and safety are often limited by governing bodies such as the NCAA and the NFL. Those governing body takes a lot of effort to ensure fair competition and the provision of high quality equipment and medical treatment.
Some sports provide an opportunity for team sports and physical fitness exercises, while others offer opportunities for a healthy, balanced life. As a result, some of the newer, more popular sports, such as soccer, baseball and basketball, are providing athletes with an opportunity to develop skills and master physical conditioning. Not only is this beneficial to the athlete, but also to society in terms of the need for skilled workers, and the importance of good health. With the increase of youth participation in these sports, we are seeing an increase in overall health and wellness.