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For them, gymnastic festivals were grand occasions at which tens of thousands of disciplined men and women demonstrated nationalistic fervour. Behind this epochal transition from Renaissance to modern sports lay the scientific developments that sustained the Industrial Revolution. Athletes trained systematically to achieve their physical maximum. New games, such as basketball, volleyball, and team handball, were consciously invented to specifications as if they were new products for the market. As early as the late 17th century, quantification became an important aspect of sports, and the cultural basis was created for the concept of the sports record. The word record, in the sense of an unsurpassed quantified achievement, appeared, first in English and then in other languages, late in the 19th century, but the concept went back nearly 200 years.

  • Football is the world’s most popular ball game, but, wherever American economic and culture influence has been dominant, the attraction to baseball, basketball, and volleyball has tended to exceed that to football.
  • For instance, Manchester United, one of Britain’s most storied teams, can trace its history to a club established by the city’s railroad workers in 1880.
  • Basketball adds to its long streak as Americans’ favorite major sport to play, with baseball as a distant second.
  • Coed sports at recreational and youth standards—played as part of living a good life, not to develop elite athletes—can be both fun and competitive.

Remembering Hawerchuk’s legendary career A five-time All-Star, Dale Hawerchuk appeared in 1,188 games over 16 seasons with the Jets, Sabres, Blues and Flyers. As his statue is set to be unveiled in Winnipeg, Michael Farber looks back on his legendary career in this essay. Entering his prime, is Siakam poised to play the best basketball of his career? Last season, Pascal Siakam bounced back in a big way, averaging career highs in assists, rebounds and steals while making the all-NBA third team after some well documented struggles in the bubble and the 2020 season. He will also start this year healthy, which he didn’t a year ago due to his shoulder surgery.

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Seeking status as well as diversion, middle-class employees of British firms followed the upper-class lead. From the gamut of games played by the upper and middle classes, the industrial workers of Europe and Latin America, like the indigenous population of Africa, appropriated football as their own. Zulu football players rely not only on their coaches and trainers but also on the services of their inyanga (“witch doctor”). Sports, physical contests pursued for the goals and challenges they entail. Sports are part of every culture past and present, but each culture has its own definition of sports. The most useful definitions are those that clarify the relationship of sports to play, games, and contests.

Spanish football’s governing body has condemned the resignation of 15 players from their senior women’s national team in protest at head coach Jorge Vilda. The upside of acknowledging that sex differences in performance exist is that we can discuss the vital, knotty debates that emerge from this biology. For example, would creating more coed sporting opportunities before, say, age 10, keep girls in sport longer?

The history of sport is rife with sexism that has held back women. But the reports were false—women weren’t collapsing left and right. The top-three women actually broke the former women’s world record that day. 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.

Neither action is premeditated, and both are at least relatively free of constraint. There are rules to determine which actions are legitimate and which are not. These rules transform spontaneous play into games, which can thus be defined as rule-bound or regulated play. Leapfrog, chess, “playing house,” and basketball are all games, some with rather simple rules, others governed by a somewhat more complex set of regulations. In fact, the rule books for games such as basketball are hundreds of pages long. MILWAUKEE — Avisaíl García came off the injured list and hit a grand slam in the eighth inning in the Miami Marlins’ 4-2 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers on Thursday night.

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