History of sport

Ancient sumo-wrestling competition from the Japanese Heian or Kamakura period (between 794 and 1333)

The history of sports extends back to the Ancient world. The physical activity that developed into sports had early links with ritual, warfare and entertainment.[1]

Study of the history of sport can teach lessons about social changes and about the nature of sport itself, as sport seems involved in the development of basic human skills (compare play).[citation needed] As one delves further back in history, dwindling evidence makes theories of the origins and purposes of sport more and more difficult to support.

As far back as the beginnings of sport, it was related to military training. For example, competition was used as a mean to determine whether individuals were fit and useful for service.[citation needed] Team sports were used to train and to prove the capability to fight in the military and also to work together as a team (military unit).[2]

  1. ^ Crowther, Nigel B. (2007). Sport in Ancient Times. Praeger series on the ancient world, ISSN 1932-1406. Westport, Connecticut: Greenwood Publishing Group. p. xxii. ISBN 9780275987398. Retrieved 30 May 2018. People in the ancient world rarely practiced sports for their own sake, especially in the earliest times, for physical pursuits had strong links with ritual, warfare, entertainment, or other external features.
  2. ^ "Sport and preparing troops for war | National Army Museum". www.nam.ac.uk. Retrieved 17 November 2021.

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