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Sports (European Portuguese) or Sport (Brazilian Portuguese) is all forms of physical activity which, through casual or organized participation, aims to balance health or improve physical and / or mental fitness and provide entertainment to participants. It may be competitive, where the winner or winners can be identified by obtaining an objective, and may require a degree of skill, especially at higher levels. Are hundreds of types of sports, including those for a single participant, through to those with hundreds of simultaneous participants, in teams or individually.
Some non-physical activities such as board games, card games and electronic sports are often referred to as sports, but a sport is generally recognized as being based in physical activity.
Sports are usually managed by a set of rules or customs. Physical events such as scoring goals or crossing a line first often define the result of a sport. However, the degree of skill and performance in some sports such as diving, dressage and ice skating is judged according to well-defined criteria. This, in contrast with other judged activities such as beauty pageants and body building, where skill does not have to be shown and the criteria are not as well defined.
Records are kept and updated for most sports at the highest levels, while failures and accomplishments are widely announced in sport media.
Sports are most often played just for fun or for the simple fact that people need exercise to stay in good physical condition. However, sport and especially the professional is very competitive and a major source of economic performance and entertainment.