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4.2.1. Classification of sports.

Classification of Sports

Sports can be classified in many ways. One possibility is to separate sports which are primarily physical (such as athletics), primarily mind (such as chess), predominantly motorized (such as Formula 1), animal-supported (such as equestrian sport) or primarily co-ordination (such as billiard sports).

Another possibility is to divide them on the basis of contact. Contact sport refers to sports such as hockey, kickboxing or American football, where the participants purposely hit or collide with each other or with inanimate objects (e.g. the ground) with great force. Blocking, tackling and hitting are examples of contact actions.

Limited contact sport is soccer or baseball. Here the participants routinely make contact with each other or with inanimate objects but usually with less force than in the case of contact sports. The rules aim to prevent intentional or unintentional contact between the players.