Skating is an enjoyable activity. It’s something that you can do alone or with friends, indoors or outdoors. From learning about different types of skates, finding local rinks and parks, and reading about skate culture and terminology, this activity has it all! Let’s see if it is also a sport.
What is skating?
Skating is the activity of sliding on ice or another smooth surface using a skate or a pair of ice skates. Skating is a great way to get exercise and have fun outdoors or indoors. It’s also used as a form of artistic expression.
The activity has evolved over the years, with different types of skating being developed.
We can distinguish between two main types of skating:
–Ice skating is often done as a recreational pastime, both on a frozen lake outdoors as well as in indoor skating rinks. These are used for ice skating and are designed to be very lightweight. The blades are usually made with steel. Skating on ice includes skate hockey, figure skating, speed skating, roller derby, synchronized skating, recreational skating, and other.
– Skating on wheels is also a popular sport. This is done outside on concrete, asphalt, or other hard surfaces. There are also other kinds of skating, such as roller-skating, where skates are used on hard surfaces. A skateboard is also very popular as this allows you to do a lot of tricks.
Equipment for skating
Here is a list of the items you’ll need for skating:
– Skates- This is the most important item for skating. You’ll need skates that are appropriate for you.
– Helmet- Whether you’re roller skating or ice skating, a helmet is a must.
– Gloves- Gloves are another useful item to wear while skating on ice as it can get cold after a while.
– Knee pads- Knee pads are another useful item to wear while skating. They help protect your knees while skating.
– Clothing- Wearing the right clothing is important while skating. Being too cold can make your skating uncomfortable while being too hot can make it more challenging.
Inline skating is great for beginners, while ice skating is more challenging, but both are lots of fun. With so many types of skating available, the only challenge is choosing which one to try first! Let’s see if this activity is also a sport.
What is a sport?
The word “sport” is used as a synonym for physical activity or exercise. You might say that someone is a “sport” because they are active and fit. But what does it mean to be a sport? In the broad definition, it means a physical activity that requires certain skills.
Stricter definitions also require that sports have a competitive element. An activity needs 3 components before it can be considered a sport according to these definitions:
1/ A physical activity
2/ That requires a skill
3/ And has a competitive element
In today’s world, most sports involve competitive games where the goal is to beat your opponent. This means that you can’t participate in a sport without having an opponent.
A lot of sports can be viewed on TV and a lot of people have a favorite athlete. This can inspire them to start practicing this sport as well.
Is skating a sport?
Let’s go over each element to see if skating is a sport:
Skating has a physical element. You have to move your arms and legs to move forward and stay balanced. It can take a lot of practice to get this right. Especially if you have to move fast or in a certain pattern, it can push you to your limits.
Skating also takes a lot of skills. Most skaters have a trainer that helps them to improve their style and speed. It can take years to perfect the way people skate.
There can also be a competitive element in skating. There are contests in which skaters have to be the fastest or score the most points. There is often a jury that determines if the skaters followed all the rules. It is often not allowed to push the opponent.
To conclude, we can state that skating can be a sport. It has all the required elements of the narrow definition. If you are just skating with your friends, there is often no competitive element. In these, instances it is not a sport according to a narrow definition of the word but it is one if we follow the broad definition as it has a physical element and requires some skill. Skating is a very broad word that can mean a lot of activities, from skating on the ice to skating on wheels. They require a similar motion though so this is why they are often placed together.
We have outlined if ice skating is a sport HERE.