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Bodybuilding and its Influence upon American Sport

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  1. Introduction: The concept of American sport
  2. Bodybuilding within the American sport
    1. Notion of bodybuilding
    2. Brief history of bodybuilding and its first big contest
    3. Bodybuilding organizations
    4. Competitions
  3. Bodybuilding as the basis to fundamental kind of sport
    1. Tennis, basketball and baseball
  4. Bodybuilding as a creator of new kind of sport
    1. Armwrestling
    2. Figure and fitness
  5. Conclusion
  6. Bibliography

American sports have evolved from the simple folk games and premodern pastimes of the colonial era to the highly complex, commercial spectacles of the early twenty-first century. (For the purposes of this essay sports are defined as competitive athletic games that demand a significant degree of physical activity.) Many factors shaped the development of sports in colonial British America and in the United States. Among the most significant were industrialization, urbanization, and ideological and cultural trends, especially those involving religion, social class, ethnicity, race, and gender.
During the Colonial Era the English, Dutch, and other European settlers who established the thirteen colonies that became the United States brought with them premoder pastimes and folk games that had been popular amusements in the Old World for centuries. These included early version of cricket, baseball, golf, football, and bowling, and also foot racing and pitching quoits (similar to tossing horseshoes). Combat sports such as wrestling, boxing, and cudgeling (fighting with sticks), and animal and blood sports ? especially bull baiting and cockfighting ? also enjoyed great favor.

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