The First Sport Known to Man

Deana Brown, Author

If you ask most people, odds are they play a sport or two.  Some of the most popular sports are baseball, football, basketball, soccer, volleyball, and tennis.  But, the first sport ever made probably wasn’t anything that were thinking it was.  Most sports were made out of activities and equipment that was used for early human survival.  Most sports developed simultaneously which makes those sports hard to trace.

The first sport invented was Gymnastics.  It was invented in 500 BCE in Greece.  The term means “to exercise naked” and was played in the gymnasium where men exercised unclothed.  It was used as a method to protect men in war.  This sport became very popular with everyday citizens and was eventually used in the Olympics.  After the Romans invaded Greece, the Roman army used Gymnastics for training purposes.  When the Olympics were banned in 393 AD, the interest in Gymnastics began to fade and the sport was almost lost.

The sport reappeared once more in the late 18th early 19th century when two German doctors created exercises for boys including balance beam, ladder, horizontal bar, and others. In the 20th century, gymnastics began to get used by the military once more.  It was also used by woman when they competed in the Olympics.  Many of the worlds greatest gymnasts have come from eastern Europe.

Gymnastics is divided into different three groups, artistic, rhythmic, and trampoline.  For men, the artistic events include floor exercise, pommel horse, rings, parallel bars, horizontal bar, and combined exercise which combines the scores for the other six.  For women, the artistic events include floor exercise, vault, uneven bars, balance beam, and combined exercise.  The Rhythmic group is only practiced by women.  The events include rope, hoop, ball, clubs, and ribbon.  The Rhythmic group is performed by both men and women.  The events include double mini trampoline performed individually and synchronized trampoline competition.