If someone asked you “what is sport?” what would you answer?
Have you ever stopped to think about what sports you have experienced at your school?
Well, those are some points we intend to make you think about.
The term sport refers to any type of practice that is linked to Federations and Confederations, whose role is to regulate the rules of this practice. This means that the rules of a sport are fixed and can never be changed during a championship. Indeed, that is another objective of federations: to organize championships, whose champions always have in mind the prize, which can be money, medals or trophies, for example. From this explanation we can extract four characteristics that are fundamental to tell if a certain practice is a sport: 1) to have fixed rules; 2) the subordination of this practice to some official organism; 3) it is a competitive activity; 4) the athlete is always in search of a type of reward greater than the pleasure of practicing the sport: he is a professional who earns a living (or intends to earn, in the case of amateur athletes) through the sport, either with sponsorship or with the prizes given in competitions.
It is easy to understand, then, why formula 1 or chess are considered types of sport, alongside volleyball or swimming. Generally, we associate the idea of sport with any physical activity, which is not true. The fact that you play frescobol on the beach, or that your mother walks every day in the morning, does not make you or your mother athletes. You are practitioners of physical activity. By now, you must have understood that physical activity is any kind of activity with the body that aims at well-being and/or health. It is necessary to remember that for a physical activity to have the purpose of maintaining health, it must be practiced moderately and regularly at least 3 times a week.
From this idea of what sport is, you must be asking yourself: “the basketball I play at school, so it’s not a sport? That’s an interesting question, not least because the practice of sports within the school is nothing new. Many schools, especially private schools, have training teams, whose athletes are some of their students. These teams are formed to compete in interscholastic championships, whose purpose is to win trophies for the school. Besides this more explicit practice of sports, there is also the experience of sports in Physical Education classes.
Sport is one of the many contents that the teacher should work on in Physical Education classes, as shown in the National Curricular Parameters of Physical Education. However, there is a discussion among experts in this area, who say that sport should be worked in an adapted way at school. This means that you, students, can change the rules of the game, when all participants of the activity agree; it also means that when the sport is presented at school, it does not necessarily have to be competitive; and more than that: in Physical Education classes there is no medal! What matters is learning and having fun! It is for these reasons that Valter Bracht, in his book “Social Learning and Physical Education”, calls this practice “school sports”, since the goal is for the student to experience the sports practices aiming at pleasure and not competition. That is why the basketball in his class is yes a sport, but it is an appropriate sport to be worked on according to educational objectives.
Another important thing is that it is the teacher’s role to also propose less common sports as the content of his classes. So if your teacher proposes a different class such as fencing, capoeira or artistic gymnastics, instead of football or volleyball, do not complain! Keep in mind that Physical Education class is the time to try new things. Have a good class!
The 5 Tips on What You Need To Know Before Playing a Sport
Practicing a sport is synonymous with training correctly, according to some primordial rules. Domyos provides you with 5 tips to help you achieve your sporting goals.
Warm Up Properly Before the Sport
The warm-up before the sport is indispensable. It allows you to warm up your muscles and prepare them for the effort. Performing some warm up exercises before any session is important: you increase your chances of having more performance and, above all, you avoid possible injuries.
Stretch Properly After the Sport
Your sports session is ending and you say in thought: “Long live the cramps of the next day!”? One solution exists to prevent these muscular pains: perform some stretching exercises right after sports practice. In this way, you will avoid the cooling down of the muscles, as well as the appearance of injuries, sprains, tendinitis…
Know Your Limits
Are you resuming a sports practice and are you more than ready to outdo yourself? Be careful, wanting to do too much can lead you to the worst! Pay attention to your body: here’s a rule to follow. Memorize what follows:
No need to want to break records: don’t resume sports at an intense pace.
Measure your training frequency and alternate your sessions:
- one alternate day over three days to start and one day over two
- Don’t overstep your bounds, never force and don’t try to go too fast
- Slow down and take a break if you feel any pain
Water is the most important nutrient for our body. The muscles are composed of about 80% water. Good hydration increases the blood supply to the brain, brings nutrients necessary for the proper functioning of the muscles and encourages the recovery process. Taking into account that physical effort makes you eliminate a lot of water, you should hydrate yourself correctly to avoid the appearance of lesions, tendonitis, cramps, fatigue, hyperthermia, digestive disorders.
You will optimize your sports results much more and increase your performance.
Good Health Habbits
To practice a sport in good shape, think about adopting a healthy lifestyle! A varied diet, rich in fruits and vegetables participates in its balance and iron health. Slow sugars, such as rice and noodles, provide you with the energy you need before you practice your sport. Adapt your diet to your activity and intensity.
The quality of your sleep is essential for practicing a sports activity. Rest regularly to get off on the right foot!
Sleep is restorative: well rested you will perform better in your sports practice!
To know what sports you like to play, or what types of sports you enjoy, you can do a little bit of homework on your own. It’s very easy to find the information that you need, and there are many different websites that will give you everything that you need to know about the sport that you love to play. These sites can also help you choose teams, or schools to go to if you are interested in playing sports in school.
The great thing about sports is that there are many different types of teams, and each team has different methods of playing, so you can pick up a sport with many different teams to choose from. For example, if you like to swim, then you could choose teams that are based out of a swimming club, or teams that are based in the water. This is great for many people, because they don’t like the crowds, or the beaches of their community that much.
In order to find the sports that you like, you need to take the time to find out what the different sports are, and what you like to do. The easiest way to find out this information is to talk to friends, and get recommendations. After that, just find something that you enjoy and find some places that you can play it, and you are on your way to learning more about sports for school.