Sports are governed by some kind of codes or traditions, which ensure fair play, and enable consistent adjudication of the result. In most organised sport, results of competitive games are regularly documented, and for less popular sports, this data can be widely announced in sports news. However, these rules and traditions are not universally applicable, and the rules are subject to change on a regular basis, as is the way in which matches are contested and decided. The essence of a game is to have fun and enjoy, rather than merely win or lose.
There are two basic aspects of sports that all people tend to agree on – playing the game and being sportsman like the rest of us. Many people engage in both activities. Some play games, while others train their motor skills and overall health through exercise. Indeed, you might say that most people participate in two kinds of sports: participation in sports and participation in physical activities.
Many would argue that sport is primarily a physical activity. Certainly, it would seem that way if one only took a close look at sports statistics. Though the number of injuries and accidents can sometimes be attributed to other factors such as lack of stamina or safety equipment, sports seem to bring down the average life expectancy of those participating in them. Whether or not it is true or not, the statistics do speak for themselves and there’s no disputing that fact.
So what does participation in sports tell us about ourselves? One obvious thing that we can learn from sports is that we need to put our physical activities to the back of our mind when we are at work. For many of us, sports mean a certain amount of exertion, risk, pressure and exertion. We may be sedentary and overweight, but we may also be underweight and lazy. And so it goes with our performance at work, at home, in our relationships and in general.
This is probably why participation in sports is declining in middle schools and high schools. Sports can lead to numerous kinds of injuries and should never be taken lightly. Participation in sports is very much part of growing up; physical activity is a big part of growing up. So, we should be encouraged to continue our physical activity as we grow older, but what happens when we start out too young?
The sad truth is that too many young people are participating in sports that do not promote healthy lifestyles and can cause them unnecessary pain and suffering. Whether it is football basketball, soccer or softball, these sports injuries can be serious and very difficult to treat when they occur. Some of these injuries can even be life-threatening. If you are a parent whose child is playing some type of sport that is not being supervised, you should be aware of the potential for sports injuries and what to do about them.