History of Exercise and Sports
Sports are an important aspect of American Society and are very popular for transmitting values such as justice, fair play and teamwork. Sports provide the main reason for the integration of different cultures and history proves they have been “social glue” bonding the country together.
Sports are essential for various reasons and the most important factor is exercise. The history of exercise physiology can be traced to the efforts of a Kansas farm boy; David Bruce (1927) whose passion and interest in physiology led him to study the composition of crocodile blood. “Early Americans like Benjamin Franklin and President Thomas Jefferson stressed the need for exercise and fitness promoting for example running and swimming. In the 20th century, American presidents Theodore Roosevelt, Dwight D. Eisenhower and John F. Kennedy continued to encourage physical activity”. (Sports in America)
United States offers countless opportunities for people to participate both as a sportsman or a spectator. Sports is often used as recreational activity to keep fit both mind and body as exercise plays a vital role in bringing up a healthy society. There are numerous scientific research studies to prove that “some exercise is better than none, more exercise is generally better than less and no exercise can be disastrous” (21 Powerful Scientifically Proven Reasons to Exercise)
A few American sports which are similar to each other are Rugby, American football, Hockey and lacrosse Rugby and football are two different sports but have many similarities like both share some common rules due to which often inexperienced spectators mistake one for the other. The main difference with both the sports is in the shape of the two balls used for the games and unlike rugby football restricts the use of hands other than the goalkeeper. As for lacrosse and hockey, they are very similar in nature as well but obviously have different backgrounds and rules.
Lacrosse was invented by Native North Americans but was given its name by early French missionaries. Lacrosse traditionally had a different purpose and was used as a training tool for the warriors. Hockey on the other hand mainly played on the field but has also gained popularity on ice with indoor ice hockey stadiums throughout United States. The game is played both by men and women and is also very popular in other continents like Europe and Asia. The history of field hockey goes back thousands of years but modern hockey was firmly established in Europe during the 18 and the 19th centuries.
Sports in any form gain rapid popularity as societies in general have understood the importance of their role both in creating strong individuals or bringing up a successful Nations. Over decades sports have turned many amateurs in to real professionals. Sports always provide strong bandings and bring together people from different races, religions and cultures, but can also set apart people or become a cause for deadly battle. The numbers of Sport projects are also increasing rapidly for combating major diseases like HIV/AIDS. They are becoming more and more popular due to high investments and media influences. Modern life itself is tremendously changing but whatever we do we cannot discard sports from our lives as they are as important as any vital organ in the human body.