Sport (or physical sport) is any form of normally competitive physical activity that, through organised or casual participation, attempt to employ, build or enhance physical ability and qualities while offering entertainment for participants, and sometimes, spectators. The activities that make up sport are used for a variety of reasons by many different people, and are most popular among teenagers. It is also an active pursuit by adults, and the object of sport can often be adapted to meet specific needs. Some types of sport are team sport, such as swimming, or individual sport, such as track and field.
The most popular sports around the world include tennis, cricket, American football, rugby, baseball, ice hockey, softball, motorcar racing, basketball and soccer. As well as being highly competitive, most of these games are widely available and affordable, and attract large numbers of people of all ages and abilities. With so much competition, it is little wonder that professional sport teams such as the Manchester United Football Club, Melbourne Victory Football Club and Western Sydney Wanderers Soccer Club earn the millions of dollars that they do.
When discussing the question of whether sport is a good thing or not, it is important to remember that sport is a physical activity, with the players engaging in vigorous physical contact, often with very little in the way of skill. Therefore, the game that involves throwing a ball into a goal, kicking a ball around the yard or playing a game of golf, is essentially a game of brute force, where there is little skill involved. This is not to say, however, that there is no skill involved. Indeed, some sport activities, such as golf, tennis and motorcar racing require a great deal of skill, as is shown by the high level of success enjoyed by players like Tiger Woods and Roger Federer. However, it must also be remembered that these players are not necessarily born with their talents, and it is probably more accurate to say that they developed those talents through a process of sheer hard work and dedication. There is certainly nothing wrong with working hard, especially when your own fitness levels are not at their peak.
In contrast, team sports involve a combination of brute force and skill, as well as a level of fitness and athleticism. It is debatable as to whether these games, which include boxing, American football, hockey, cricket and soccer, are even sport, given the fact that no two sporting events (in terms of physical play) are ever identical. As such, it is debatable as to whether a game of boxing can be considered a sport, or if football can be called sport, given that in both cases there are goals scored and teams playing. Furthermore, given that the object of playing team sports is to win, it would seem that the term sport is not appropriate. Indeed, this has led to many arguments over the years about whether or not team sports are even sports, given that the competitions are based on merit rather than on skill alone.
Many team and association sports around the world have developed rules and regulations that help to regulate the sport, making it an activity that is governed by professional teams rather than individuals. However, it should be noted that even though professional sport can often be considered sport, the term is normally applied to refer to a particular game, rather than to the competition of individual sports. For example, in Australian Football the aim is for the team to score more points than the other side, while American football does not typically have points being scored. Therefore, whereas the game may appear to be a form of sport for some, it may in fact be something different.
With regards to the Olympic Games, some people argue that team sports are not games, but rather exercises. As such, the games do not necessarily require any skill, and are therefore considered to be exercises. Some sportswomen argue that skill-based games like baseball and basketball are better than team games like volleyball, even though these sports are very physically demanding, which may help to explain why some of the players in the games are better at handling the ball and performing other actions than the female competitors. However, the games themselves are not necessarily considered sport, as in many cases they are forms of competitive activities.