Benefits of Sports
Physical exercise is good for mind, body and spirit. Furthermore, team sports are good for learning accountability, dedication, and leadership, among many other traits. Putting it all together by playing a sport is a winning combination.
Many athletes do better academically.
Playing a sport requires a lot of time and energy. Some may think this would distract student-athletes from schoolwork. However, the opposite is true. Sports require memorization, repetition and learning — skillsets that are directly relevant to classwork. Also, the determination and goal-setting skills sports require can be transferred to the classroom.
Sports teach teamwork and help achieve goals.
Fighting for a common goal with a host of other players, coaches, managers and community members teaches you how to build a collective team synergy and effectively communicate the best way to solve problems en route to a victory. This will be very helpful in life when encountering problems at work, at home, or in any arena.
Sports offer many health benefits, some less obvious.
Clearly, sports will improve your fitness and weight goals. However, they also encourage healthy decisions such as not smoking or drinking and offer hidden health benefits such as a lower chance of getting osteoporosis or breast cancer later in life. Also, a team counting on you to show up and work hard is plenty of motivation for you to get to the gym day in and day out.
Sports boost self-esteem.
Watching your hard work pay off and achieving your dreams brings about tons of self-confidence. If you can achieve something in a sport or with a fitness goal, then you know you can achieve any other goal you set. This is a very rewarding and exciting process.
Playing a sport cuts down on pressure and stress.
Exercising is a natural way to loosen up and let go of stress. Also, you will most likely make many new friends on the team who can be there for you as a support system. When you find you are having a lot of stress, you can call up teammates and head to the gym to talk it out and play it out.
For all of these reasons, it is always a great decision to get involved in the sports arena.
Shocking list of sports:
Below is list of just the names of all the sports we are aware of with a very brief summary of each sport. Follow the links for a larger description of the sport.
Complete Sports List
- AbaGüreşi – a kind of wrestling from the area of Gaziantep and Hatay in Turkey, which is played wearing clothes made of aba.
- Abseiling – an adventure sport where the participants descending a steep formation using a rope. It is also known as rappelling, roping down, roping and snapling.
- Adventure racing – an event combining two or more endurance disciplines, such as map reading (Orienteering), Cross-Country Running, Mountain Biking, Paddling and Climbing. It is also called Expedition Racing.
- Adventure Sports – a general term for outdoor sports or activities in which the participant competes in a natural environment, more against themselves than against others
- Aerobatics — sport aerobatics involves aircraft maneuvers such as rolls, loops, stall turns (hammerheads), and tailslides.
- Aeromodeling — sport using flying model aircraft.
- Aggressive inline skating — Aggressive inline skating is a form of inline skating executed on specially designed inline skates with the focus on grinding and spins.
- Air Hockey — played on an air-hockey table, participants try to hit a puck elevated on a cushion of air into the opponents goal.
- Air Racing — Air racing is a sport involving airplanes competing over a fixed course low to the ground.
- Air sports — a general term covering a range of aerial sporting activities such as: Aerobatics,Aeromodeling, Ballooning, Air racing, Gliding, Hang gliding, Parachuting, Paragliding,Wingsuit Flying, and using Power Kites such as for Kitesurfing.
- Airsoft — a skirmish sport in which participants eliminate opponents by hitting them with spherical non-metallic pellets from replica firearms. See also the similar sports Laser Tag and Paintball.
- All-Terrain Boarding — another name for Mountainboarding
- Alpine Skiing — involves racing down snow-covered hills on skis with fixed-heel bindings – commonly known as Downhill Skiing. There are alpine skiing competitions in disciplines such as slalom, giant slalom, super giant slalom, and downhill.
- American Football — A team sport played on a rectangular field 1 with goalposts at each end. Each team attempts to advance an oval ball down the field into the end zone by running or passing it. It is also known in some parts of the world (outside of the US) as Gridiron. In the US it is referred simply as football. Variations include Arena Football.
- American Handball — players use their hands to hit a small rubber ball against a wall. There are three versions four-wall handball, three-wall handball and one-wall handball) that can each be played by either two, three or four players. It can be compared to squash without rackets. It is very different from the Olympic sport of (Team) Handball.
- Angling — a method of fishing using an “angle” (fish hook). It is the principal method of Fishingas a sport.
- Aquathlon— an underwater sport where two competitors wearing masks and fins wrestle underwater in an attempt to remove a ribbon from each other’s ankle band. It is also known asUnderwater Wrestling.
- Archery — competitive archery involves shooting arrows at a target for accuracy from a set distance or distances. The main forms of archery are Target Archery and Field Archery, and others include Clout Archery, 3D archery, Crossbow Archery, Flight Archery, and Ski Archery.
- Arena Football — a variety of American Football (Gridiron), played indoors on a smaller field resulting in a faster and higher-scoring game.
- Arm Wrestling — a type of Wrestling where each participant place one elbow on a surface while gripping the other participant’s hand. The aim is to pin the other’s arm onto the surface.
- Artistic Billiards — a Carom Billiards discipline in which players score points for performing 76 preset shots of varying difficulty. It is sometimes called fantasy billiards.
- Artistic Cycling — a form of competitive indoor cycling in which athletes perform tricks for points on specialized, fixed-gear bikes in a format similar to ballet or gymnastics.
- Artistic Gymnastics — is an Olympic sport where gymnasts perform short routines on different apparatus, such as the Vault, Floor (men and women), Pommel Horse, Rings, Parallel Bars, High Bar (men), and Uneven Bars, Balance Beam (women).
- Artistic Pool — a trick shot competition on a pocket billiards table in which players score points for performing 56 preset shots of varying difficulty.
- Artistic Roller Skating — is a sport which consists of a number of events (Figures, Dance, Freestyle and Precision Teams) usually accomplished on quad skates, though sometimes inline skates are used.
- Association Football — more commonly known as Football or Soccer. It is the world’s most popular sport, played between two teams of eleven players with a spherical ball. The game is played on a rectangular field with a goal at each end. The object is to score by using any part of the body except the arms and hands to get the ball into the opposing goal.
- Athletics — commonly known as Track and Field, though it is an umbrella sport, which in addition to Track and Field it also comprises Cross Country Running, Road Running and Racewalking.
- Atlatl — an Atlatl is a spear thrower, used in spear or dart throwing competitions
- ATV — ATV stands for All Terrain Vehicle, and sport disciplines involving ATVs include Enduro, Track and Off-Road Racing and ATV racing on a motocross track.
- Aussie Rules — a commonly used short term for Australian Rules Football.
- Australian Football — a fast paced football code developed and played mainly in Australia. AFL is played between two teams of eighteen players on a large oval field. Six points are scored by kicking the ball between two tall goal posts, or one point for passing the ball either side of these. Alternative names are Australian Football, Aussie Rules, AFL, Australian Rules Football.
- Australian Handball — similar to Squash. though played without a racquet.
- Auto Racing — a sport involving the racing of automobiles for competition. There are numerous different categories including Formula 1, Touring Car, Rally Cars, Drag Racing, Stock Car Racing,Vintage Racing. Also known as Car Racing, Motor Racing or Automobile Racing.
- Autocross — a type of Auto Racing in which drivers navigate one at a time through a defined course on either a sealed or an unsealed surface in the shortest time. See also the motorcycle version Motorcycle Gymkhana
- Autograss — a type of Auto Racing on natural surfaces such as grass or mud, usually held on quarter-mile oval tracks.
- Ba game – a version of Medieval Football played in Scotland, a type of Mob Football where two parts of a town have to get a ball to their respective sides.
- Backstroke — a swimming stroke performed on the back with the arms lifted alternately out of the water in a backward circular motion and the legs extended and kicking.
- Badminton — an indoor game with rackets in which a shuttlecock is hit back and forth across a net. See also Ball Badminton.
- Balance Beam — a female Olympic Games gymnastics event on which a gymnast balances on a narrow horizontal bar raised off the floor, while performing exercises.
- Balkline — a Carom Billiards discipline. A point is scored each time a player’s cue ball makes contact with both object balls on a single stroke. It is played on a pocketless table that is divided by balklines on the cloth marking playing regions. It’s precursor was a game called Straight Rail.
- Ball Badminton — a racket game native to India, played with a yellow ball made of wool, with similarities to Badminton.
- Ball Hockey — a variation of Ice Hockey, a lot like Street Hockey, in which the game is played on foot on a non-ice surface, and a ball is used instead of a hockey puck.
- Ballooning — competitive hot air ballooning is a test of accuracy, not speed. The aim is to fly as close as possible to a target and drop a weighted marker.
- Ballroom Dancing
- Bandy – a team sport played on ice using sticks to direct a ball into the opposing team’s goal. A variation is Rink Bandy.
- Banger racing – racing event which is done on a dirt track using scrap cars
- Bank pool — a version of Pocket Billiards
- Banzai skydiving
- Bar billiards
- Bare-knuckle boxing
- Barrel Racing – a rodeo event where participants and horses complete a clover-leaf pattern around barrels.
- Baseball – four bases
- Baseball pocket billiards
- BASE Jumping – involves parachuting from a structure or cliff
- Basque Pelota – the name for a variety of court sports which involves hitting a ball against a wall using the hand, a racket, a wooden bat or a basket. Other forms include Pala Corta, Rubber-paleta, Paleta-Leather, Xare, Cesta Punta, Frontenis, Hand-pelota, Valencian Pilota, Valencian Frontó. Jai Alai is a variety of Basque Pelota.
- Bat-and-Trap – an English bat and ball game usuallt played in a pub
- Beach basketball – a version of basketball played on sand
- Beach handball — a variation of Handball, played on sand instead of indoors. This sport is sometimes called Sandball.
- Beach rugby – a version of rugby played on the sand
- Beach soccer – similar to association football but played on a beach or sand
- Beach Tennis – a sport which has elements from tennis and volleyball, and played on the beach
- Beach volleyball— A version of Volleyball played on and with teams of two players, in which a ball is hit by hand over a high net, the aim being to score points by making the ball reach the ground on the opponent’s side of the court.
- Beach Woodball — a version of Woodball played on sand which involves using a mallet to pass a ball through gates. The sport is in the program for the Asian Beach Games.
- Benchrest shooting – a shooting sport where the participant shoots with a rifle at the bench
- Biathlon – a combination of cross-country skiing and rifle shooting
- Bicycle Motocross (BMX) – a cycle sport which involves BMX bikes
- Bicycle polo – similar to Polo, though played on bicycles instead of horses.
- Billiards — a general term for a range of cue sports, including Pocket Billiards and Carom Billiards. In some coutries, Billiards refers to the specific game of English Billiards.
- Big game hunting
- Big-game fishing
- Biribol – an aquatic version of volleyball
- Board track racing – a motorsport which was popular in the United Stated between the 1910s and 1920s
- Boardercross – a snowboard competition on a course similar to motorcross
- Bobrun cycling
- Bobrun skating
- Bobsleigh – winter sport on a sled making timed runs down narrow, twisting, banked, ice tracks.
- Bocce – is part of the boules sport family, similar to bowls and pentanque.
- Boccia – a ball sport similar to bocce, bowls, and pentanque for athletes with physical disabilities.
- Bodyboarding – a water sport in which the surfer rides a bodyboard
- Boffer Fighting
- Boli Khela – a form of wrestling which is practiced in Bangladesh and India.
- Borden Ball (see Handball)
- Bossaball – played on an inflatable court with trampolines on each side of the net
- Bouldering – a type of rock climbing which is done without the use of a harness
- Boule lyonnaise
- Bowling (Tenpin) – a player rolls a bowling ball on to a wooden or synthetic lane to knock down pins
- Bowls (see Lawn Bowls)
- Box lacrosse – a version of lacrosse which is played indoors
- Boxing – a combat sport in which two players throw punches at each other
- Brännboll – a Scandinavian game which has similarities to rounders, but with no pitcher
- Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
- British baseball – a bat-and-ball game played in Wales and England similar to rounders
- Broomball – a game like ice hockey played with a broom
- Bull Fighting – involves one or more bulls which are being fought in a bullring
- Bull riding — a Rodeo sport, which involves a rider getting on a large bull and attempting to stay mounted while the animal attempts to buck them off.
- Butterfly stroke
- Buzkashi – a Central Asian sport like polo in which riders on horses attempt to drag a goat carcass toward the goal. There is a variant known as kokpar which is quite similar.
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