Sport is a form of competitive physical activity or game that aims to use, maintain, or improve participants’ physical ability and skills while providing enjoyment to participants and, in some cases, entertainment to spectators.
Hundreds of different sports exist, from those between single contestants through to those with hundreds of simultaneous participants, either in teams or competing as individuals. Some sports, such as racing, involve many contestants competing, simultaneously or consecutively, with one winner; others, such as basketball, involve contests between two sides attempting to exceed each other.
A sport is usually governed by a set of rules or customs that 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, or by judges who score elements of the sporting performance.
The concept of “sport” in modern society has a wide range of meanings, including physical fitness, self-expression, social relations, competition, and peace of mind. It is often thought to have a positive influence on mental health and well-being, including improved sleep patterns and lower levels of anxiety and depression.
It is also widely known for its ability to reinforce certain aspects of personality, such as discipline, self-possession, graciousness, leadership, fearlessness, camaraderie, and the spirit of play and adventure. It can help people develop qualities such as flexibility, planning, earnestness and sincerity, and observation and analysis. It can also foster the development of motor skills and a healthy mind/body connection, and reduce the risk of various physical diseases.