Different Levels of Physical Activity
Sports is commonly defined as a physical contact sport, which entails a certain level of competition, for example basketball or netball. Many forms of competitive sports and even some non-sporty games are known as sports. An athlete in a particular sport can be called a sportsperson.
A sports player is known as an individual who undertakes a physical activity to the extent that it provides stimulation and also allows the individual to use his or her muscles so as to meet their needs. A participant in a game of tennis wouldn’t be playing a ‘sport’ of tennis, rather, he or she would be playing a game of tennis with the object of winning the match. Similarly, a swimmer in a pool of water would not be using his or her body as a means of exerting physical energy but rather be using that energy for the purpose of swimming. A participant in a particular game of basketball, on the other hand, is using his or her body as part of the game; the key is for that person to be able to win that game.
Some sports may have multiple levels of competition. For example, swimming may have just one level of competition and rugby may have multiple levels of competitions, with each competition consisting of two teams, each team defending or attacking its opponent’s goal. Soccer has evolved into a very intense, physical sport, resembling more of a contest than a game, and there are a number of players who have opted to put their soccer skills to the test and venture into the realm of football (soccer) as a profession. Finally, ice hockey has developed into a very competitive and physical sport, similar to American football, and there are a number of players who have gone on to play professional hockey in the National Hockey League.