Sport

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Sailboats are raced for sport as well as used for general transport
A horse, involved in many sports since ancient times

A sport is a game or exercise that is played to keep humans fit or even just for entertainment. Some examples of some sports are: baseball, horse racing, motor racing, go-karting, mini golf, canoeing, rowing, white water rafting, skydiving, rock climbing, rugby, football, soccer, hockey, basketball, golf, and swimming. They often help to train self-discipline.

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Virtues of sport

Besides its obvious physical advantages, sport can teach one many virtues, for example fair play and honesty, modesty and acceptance of defeat.

Sport as entertainment

In the United States and Canada, the four main broadcast team sports are American Football, baseball, basketball and hockey. Franchises are spread across the major cities and their arenas attract large audiences. Although many leading players of these sports are rich, they give to charity as well. However, some have had low moral standards. For example OJ Simpson, who was found civilly liable for wrongful death.

In the United Kingdom, soccer has long been the most popular team sport and its Premier League is broadcast across the world. Rugby and cricket are also popular. Golf was invented in Scotland and tennis has its main tournament annualy at Wimbledon in London.

Dangers of sport

As the medical understanding of brain injury increases, the adverse long term consequences of sports like boxing and football have become a growing concern.[1] Some states considered a ban on combat sports like mixed martial arts.[2][3]

Sports performance: Religious faith vs. atheism

See also: Sports performance: Religious faith vs. atheism

The Sports Journal is a monthly refereed journal published by the United States Sports Academy. A journal article appeared in the Sports Journal entitled Strength of Religious Faith of Athletes and Nonathletes at Two NCAA Division III Institutions. The article was submitted by Nathan T. Bell, Scott R. Johnson, and Jeffrey C. Petersen from Ball State University.[4]

An excerpt from the abstract of the journal article Strength of Religious Faith of Athletes and Nonathletes at Two NCAA Division III Institutions declares:

Numerous studies report athletes to be more religious than nonathletes (Fischer, 1997; Storch, Kolsky, Silvestri, & Storch, 2001; Storch et al., 2004). According to Storch, Kolsky, Silvestri, and Storch (2001), four reasons may explain why religion interacts with athletic performance. First, athletes may identify with religious beliefs for direction and humility. Second, athletes may turn to religion to gain a sense of optimism and security, benefiting from such beliefs following a disappointing athletic performance. Third, religion can be used for emotional and psychological support in stressful circumstances like the uncertainty of athletic competition, which can cause athletes an overwhelming amount of anxiety. Religious beliefs can offer the internal strength to persevere through the stress. Fourth, religion “provides a cognitive framework conducive to the relief of anxiety associated with competition” (Storch et al., 2001, p. 347). This framework allows relief from fear and anxiety on the basis of the athlete’s understanding (i.e., belief) that a supreme being is in complete control of the situation. For example, athletes may rely on religious faith to place a poor athletic performance in perspective...

Religion can be an important aspect in athletes’ lives and may serve a protective function against psychological distress and maladaptive behaviors such as substance use or aggression (Storch, Roberti, Bravata, & Storch, 2004). Viewers of sporting events can frequently observe athletes pointing to the sky, engaging in team prayer on the court or field, and glorifying God following athletic competitions.[5]

Atheism and sports performance

Besides lacking the aforementioned benefits that religion bestows on athletes, atheists have higher rates of depression and suicide than the religious (see: Atheism and health and Atheism and depression and Atheism and suicide). This suggests that atheism is a detriment to sports performance.

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