Sports history is a concept that runs back to the ancient times. Usually referred to as physical activity that later on was named and took a new form called sports was earlier linked with ceremonies, combats and for leisure times. Few people are of the view that as far as the beginning of sports is concerned, it was usually associated with military training. There were competitions held but with only one purpose and that was to judge whether the individuals participating were fit and of some service. Furthermore there were team sports conducted but only to train and demonstrate one’s ability to be a part of the military and further to work as a team.
A question that usually crosses one’s mind is “What was the first sport in the world?” Even though it is nearly impossible to suggest regarding the first sport, wrestling and boxing have been known to be the first ever sports played. However, few are of the view that there were competitions held related to running and that could be the answer to the first sport ever in history to be played.
There is a group of people who further contradict this theory and suggest that competitions organized related to hitting, throwing a ball and kicking along with games related to hunting were expected to be the first sports or games ever played in the history of the sports world. What’s interesting to notice is that people in earlier times developed sports and activities from daily means of communication and transportation including horse riding and canoeing and other military activities involving archery.
Olympic Games have been synonymous with games and have been present and encouraging nations and their respective players from times immemorial. As a matter of fact, Footrace was one and only event that was recorded to have taken place in the ancient Olympic Games in 760 BC. However, the event also included and celebrated events like boxing, discus throw, jumping, wrestling, javelin throw, and equestrian.
Change in sports
With the ever changing time, there has been a considerable change or evolution in sports, games played, competed and the methodology and techniques involved. The first and foremost aspect when speaking about the change from ancient times to the modern society we reside in is that more and more parents are encouraging their kids to take up sports.
Sports as an art have garnered more recognition and reputation as compared to the previous era. Let’s take a look at some of the major changes and how have they impacted the industry.
- The first and one of the major changes that have been noticed is that how each and every segment of the population is encouraging one’s flair of athletics. In ancient times, the sport was an activity that was for the rich. There were people, no matter how talented they would be in sports, got almost no chance to explore the options. Because of this differentiation, the natural players were never given an opportunity to thrive and the quality of sportsmen obviously wasn’t good. However, a significant change has been observed in a way that since childhood, a person’s natural ability is noticed and specialized training is provided to polish their skills.
- The next aspect that marks an impressive change and development is our knowledge regarding the diet and nutrition required for the players to maintain their strength and vigor. People now days understand what level of strength is required to play a particular sport and the nourishment required for maintaining that. We also understand ways to achieve the required stamina whilst avoiding any internal or external injury.
- The next advancement worth mentioning is the improvement in terms of technology which has modified over time. From using video referees in Rugby and Cricket to having line judge in Tennis, a current day sport is very different from what it used to be in the 1950s. It was in FIFA World Cup 2008 that a technology involving a video assistant referee was introduced to the world. The technology enhanced the level of games since the referees used to play the video footage to support their judgment and avoid any wrong decision that could change the course of the game.
- The next point worth mentioning is the use of genetics. Similar to any sci-fi movie, the aspect of genetically edited athletes is an evolution that may not be far away. If a report is to be believed, an element of data collection abilities in sports would signify that gene based data collection could be a possibility too. The data recorded could signify whether the genetics collected could be assembled together to make a top notch player and further whether the gene editing could be done for generating a tea of faster and much stronger athletes.
- When talking about technological advancements in sports, even the outfits will witness a sci-fi change thanks to the attest advancements. The outfits or better termed as smart clothing will be integrated with sensors and would be designed to map the player’s biometrics. This would not just record his heart rate and temperature but would also be able to ascertain whether the player has developed any sort of illness because of his genes, environment or diet.
To cut short, it’s not just the number of activities or games that has increased over the years. It’s also the quality that has evolved. As compared to the ancient world where sports were restricted to male counterparts, the present world is noticing the presence of ore and more women sportspersons who are doing equally well.
Due credit for the evolution of sports should be given to enhanced and better advertising methodologies and superior coaching practices. No matter what the sport is, whether its football, hockey, basketball or volleyball, cricket or gymnastics, sports has become a religion to numerous people across the world whether they are participants or their avid fans. It’s but obvious that this extensive industry is constantly changing and evolving only to become better not only for the players involved but also for the people who sit on the other side of the court.