What is Sport: Definition and 23 Discussions

Sport pertains to any form of competitive physical activity or game that aims to use, maintain or improve physical ability and skills while providing enjoyment to participants and, in some cases, entertainment to spectators. Sports can, through casual or organized participation, improve one's physical health. Hundreds of sports exist, from those between single contestants, through to those with hundreds of simultaneous participants, either in teams or competing as individuals. In certain sports such as racing, many contestants may compete, simultaneously or consecutively, with one winner; in others, the contest (a match) is between two sides, each attempting to exceed the other. Some sports allow a "tie" or "draw", in which there is no single winner; others provide tie-breaking methods to ensure one winner and one loser. A number of contests may be arranged in a tournament producing a champion. Many sports leagues make an annual champion by arranging games in a regular sports season, followed in some cases by playoffs.
Sport is generally recognised as system of activities based in physical athleticism or physical dexterity, with major competitions such as the Olympic Games admitting only sports meeting this definition. Other organisations, such as the Council of Europe, preclude activities without a physical element from classification as sports. However, a number of competitive, but non-physical, activities claim recognition as mind sports. The International Olympic Committee (through ARISF) recognises both chess and bridge as bona fide sports, and SportAccord, the international sports federation association, recognises five non-physical sports: bridge, chess, draughts (checkers), Go and xiangqi, and limits the number of mind games which can be admitted as sports.Sport is usually governed by a set of rules or customs, which serve to ensure fair competition, and allow consistent adjudication of the winner. Winning can be determined by physical events such as scoring goals or crossing a line first. It can also be determined by judges who are scoring elements of the sporting performance, including objective or subjective measures such as technical performance or artistic impression.
Records of performance are often kept, and for popular sports, this information may be widely announced or reported in sport news. Sport is also a major source of entertainment for non-participants, with spectator sport drawing large crowds to sport venues, and reaching wider audiences through broadcasting. Sport betting is in some cases severely regulated, and in some cases is central to the sport.
According to A.T. Kearney, a consultancy, the global sporting industry is worth up to $620 billion as of 2013. The world's most accessible and practised sport is running, while association football is the most popular spectator sport.

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  1. bagasme

    Why isn't each half of a sport season called a semester?

    Hi, In education, I often hear about semesters, which are each halves of an academic year (the first one is from July to December and the second one is from January to June). However, I never hear about that term in sport seasons: that is each halves of a sport season are just called halves...
  2. bagasme

    Mastering a British English Accent for Sport Commentatory

    Hello, When I watched live matches of football (soccer) leagues and MotoGP, live commentators often speak British accent. If I want to be live sport commentators, will mastering British accent (RP) be helpful, assuming that many commentators speak RP and I have taken ESL course? Cheers, Bagas
  3. T

    How to calculate resultant force for a bike pedal stroke

    Homework Statement To calculate the resultant pedal force from the variables given: Crank (degrees) measured clockwise from vertical, spindle (degrees) measured anti-clockwise from horizontal, tangent force (N) applied to the pedal surface, normal force (N) applied to the pedal surface and...
  4. E

    A tough mathematical question in a sport competition

    It is a difficult question but only can be solved with mathematical tools. In the 2 most important Australian competition (AFL and NRL) use a final stage that gives more advantage to those teams that ends better the regular season. The debate is that every spot you get better in regular season...
  5. U

    Can Poisson Distribution Help with Predicting Multiple Outcomes in 1x2 Wagers?

    please am new here and i need a help, i can use poisson distribution to get a probability but how can i use it to get several outcome? like over and under ,1x2? thanks
  6. Sophia

    Rio Olympics: What's Your Fave Sport?

    The Olympic games in Rio will start soon. Will you be watching them? What are your favourite disciplines? I'm not sure how many sports will I be able to watch due to different time zones. But If I get the chance, I like watching gymnastics and I'm interested in trampolining and BMX which are...
  7. F

    Magnetic induction/ goal ref technology

    Hi, I am interested in the basics of "goal ref technology", but I was not able to find a lot of material. Just one very brief wikipedia page and some paragraphs at the http://www.iis.fraunhofer.de/en/ff/kom/proj/goalref.html#. Does this work a bit like the anti shoplifting RFID tags? As far...
  8. lisab

    International Sport of Bearding

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-13407712 Wow, it's a...moose? I know we have at least one member who has enough material to work with, to enter this competition next year! Astro, you could style your beard into a planetary model!
  9. S

    Physics in the sport of Basketball

    New member, so first of all Hello all! Writing this paper on the topic of physics involved in the sport of basketball. There are numerous factors involved and I thought it would be fun for everybody to contribute a few factors. Such as but of course not limited to projectile motion (make...
  10. G

    Difference between economy tyre and sport tyre?

    What is economy tyre? What is the difference between economy tyre and sport tyre?
  11. S

    How does gravity affect upwards motion?

    My problem Hello, i just started physics at school, and we had one week of it before the holidays. We got taught some basic things, VERY basic things such as what vectors and scalars are, VERY basic tables, and that's about it. And then the last day of the term the teacher tells us we have to...
  12. BobG

    It's okay, it's science It's sport science

    "You'll be glad to know we got amazing footage and amazing science out of this..." [url]rmIVSny4e2g[/youtube]
  13. O

    How Can Physics Principles Shape Frisbee on the Moon?

    Homework Statement So in my high school physics class we are asked to write a paper about devoping a sport on the moon. I choose to do frisbee on the moon. We are asked to use 3 physics principles for the sport and describe how each princible applies to my sport in detail. also describe how...
  14. R

    News Did Bush sport a mustash or not.

    While watching Bush speak of McCain I thought that I noted a small fuzzy white growth above his mouth. Kinda looked like the beginnings of a Latino American style one. Tell me was he just to busy to shave or is he starting to grow a mustash. And it turns out that McCain had done charitable...
  15. S

    Probability in a sport tournament

    Homework Statement There are 8 athletes, each numbered from 1 to 8. They all play a game against each other. Thus in each round, a group of two is randomly made. In a group, a person with lower number always wins. eg, a match between 3 and 7 would be always won by 3. The losers are...
  16. R

    Comparing Distances in Sport & Automobiles

    1. A sport car starting from rest can attain a speed of 60 mi/hr in 8s. A runner can do a 100-yd dash in 9.8s. Assume that the runner is moving with a constant speed and that the car starts at the instant he passes it. How far will both travel until the car overtakes the runner? (convert...
  17. P

    Road Cycling is a beautiful sport?

    Why do many consider road cycling to be a beautiful sport?
  18. F

    Buy a sport bike sometime in the next year

    Ok, I'm looking to buy a sport bike sometime in the next year (possibly two years, depending on university financials, some things have to come first afterall). I intend for it to be my primary transport 80-90% of the time. Incidently, it will be my first bike, and no I don't have the license...
  19. wolram

    Do you think sport is to commercialized?

    Do you think sport it to commercialized ? and the word, "sport", is now misused.
  20. H

    The world's most relaxing sport

  21. L

    Conservation of angular momentum in sport

    Conservation of angular momentum in sport. I was hoping for some examples of sports such as diving where conservation of angular momentum is important and how it applies to the sport etc. Feel free to go in depth, I am looking some good examples of it's importance. cheers!
  22. C

    Is Golf the Most Mentally Challenging Sport?

    Personally, I think golf is probably the most mental of the other sports played in the US. Who agrees or disagrees?
  23. BobG

    Math Olympiad in Athens: Is it a Sport?

    Entertaining article about the recent Math Olympiad held in Athens. http://slate.msn.com/id/2103903/ I'm not sure if math should be a sport, but I think a couple of the other things he mentioned would be entertaining.