Motocross: Sport or Not
Even though some would consider motocross racing a hobby or a game rather then a sport because of their opinions, a person should understand that motocross racing is a sport in today's world because it contains all the elements of the definition of what a sport is and Motocross is a sport due to the fact that it requires an individual to be in top shape, both mentally and physically as defined by the word sport. What exactly determines whether or not an activity is a sport? The term sport is defined by The Free Dictionary as: A physical activity that is governed by a set of rules or customs and often engaged in competitively, an activity involving physical exertion and skill that is governed by a set of rules or customs and often undertaken competitively, or an active pastime; recreation. In order for one to understand if Motocross is a sport or not it is important to first understand the meaning of what a sport is. The history of sports is varied in nature, but, no matter what book someone reads, the common denominator remains the same; competition. This type of competition involves both physical and mental endurance. Endurance includes training for a particular sport with the appropriate exercising of the
body and mind. Most exercise specialists believe a person cannot have one without the other. In order to have a physically fit mind one must have the body to go with it. As history tells us, in the Roman days, the competitors had to be in superb shape in order to compete in the activities and sports of that time. What about Hercules and the characters of the Roman time period. Chariot races could be considered the beginning of auto racing or even motocross. The chariot rider had to be able to control his cart with physical strength along with having the ability to use his mind to make the correct decisions about when to pass another competitor. The chariot rider had to develop strong arms in order to control the reins of his horse drawn cart. How did he get them? Exercise of course! It may not have been the exercise that we know today, but, none the less, it began with repetitive motions of muscles used in everyday work. Remember they did not have our modern day machines to build those great coliseums. The youth of today have often been told or led to believe that an activity is not a sport. I beg to differ. As a young man and brother I was convinced that cheerleading was not a sport. My sister would argue anyone on that subject, and so would I after watching them perform. They not only cheer, but take gymnastics to another level of complexity. Cheerleading is definitely a sport with or without competitions. Once I concluded that cheerleading could be considered a sport, I began to apply those same concepts to other physical activities that I enjoy. This application leads me to consider a physical activity that I enjoy and feel I am an expert on; Motocross racing. It is a sport in all the elements defined above.
There are sports and there are games. Both of them are competitive, either individually or in team settings. Winners are determined by reaching particular objectives or scores. Some can be judged personally by observers, who may or may not have a political agenda. The lines get distorted at times. Just watch any sport on television or listen to the radio announcer at a game. One always has an opinion of what is right and wrong. Each announcer seems to be the specialist who knows the rules of that particular sport. Ultimately the only opinion that counts is the referees. They determine the true outcome of the game or sport. As in recent months they can also throw the sport in favor of a particular person or team. Not always does the true winner prevail on the track, field, or court.
A sport is generally an activity that requires some larger form of physical strength. The key here is superior. A sport is one that has a definitive and...
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