Saturday, November 27

Readers Respond: Which sport gives you the best skill set? | Sport

Which sport gives you the best skill set / fitness regimen? James Bunwell, Droitwich Spa

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Readers’ response

No sport demands as much endurance and athleticism as Ultimate. Richard Wallace

I want to vote for the modern pentathlon. It requires good physical condition in the legs and arms due to swimming and running. And it requires great skill and precision in pistol shooting. It is also the sport that most tests emotional intelligence, as you have to convince a horse not to throw you against a fence after a 20 minute session to “meet” you. Gregory Butler, Canada

Snooker! First-class billiards requires not only strategic intelligence (and control), but also the ability to adopt a meditative state almost like that of yoga of pure concentration, a very high level of hand-eye coordination, and posture control that requires a degree of general physical fitness. . Tom McMaster, Ayamonte, Spain

Gymnastics should come in with a shout: strength, speed, agility, coordination, technical skills and explosive power are up to the task. I think the only question is endurance, so rugby (the league, obviously) would be high on the list; decathlon too. little bomb

Cycling is good and accessible, but for a full body workout I would say paddle. Row, rather than sweep, if you want to work both sides equally. It also develops the back, trunk, legs, arms, and balance. AramintaFlapdoodle

Cricket. It has the best SUVs in the world. There is no owl

It would have to be darts. Balancing a pint in one hand, a cigarette in the other, not to mention the aim, precision, and precision required to hit 180. It takes nerves of steel. water dam

Surf. Being in nature, fitness in the water, agility, poise, microsecond decision-making, spatial awareness, endurance, flexibility, strength, fairly low risk of injury, patience, social rules (unless you tackle big wave surfing , which is almost an expert subgenre), excitement, increased serotonin, increased adrenaline, camaraderie. And of course, on an existential level, you are riding waves of natural energy that arise through natural action and vanish into nothingness once you have assembled them, without damaging or displacing anything. wisedum

Rugby. Putting athletic aptitude aside, you learn teamwork, sportsmanship and respect: you treat the players and fans of other teams as friends; at least, that has been my experience in rugby competitions to seven all over the world. Naturally, there are exceptions, but not many, and I do not apologize for being an idealist. clogexpat

If you are looking for something a little less strenuous, try archery. It is good for upper body muscle strength and improves posture and breathing. It’s also a lot of fun and it takes you out in the summer. There is a covered winter season, so it keeps you active all year round. Ages range from nine to 90 and you don’t have to compete to enjoy it. Many who feel too old for other sports can practice archery just to keep fit and have fun. FirbobLondon

Looks like I’m on an island with this one, but definitely squash. The higher the level, the better, as watching the ball go by does a bit of good. As an avid cyclist, who regularly hikes 30 to 40 km, I appreciate the benefits that come from it, but in no way does that prepare you for a hard game of squash, not even tennis or running. And it is by no means elitist; there are accessible courts everywhere. I love the game, the best form of all time. 44N79W

I played roller derby for several years and I think it was excellent for developing strength, agility, balance and coordination. And since you play offense and defense at the same time, it’s an excellent mental challenge. Also, you are part of a team, so you have to work together. It’s a bit of a specialized sport, but I highly recommend that you give it a try. SassySparkles

I would suggest some form of martial art like judo, taekwondo, or aikido. dfic1999

Rowing – provides opportunities for the development of speed, strength, balance, agility; it is a good cardiovascular exercise; and you have to be good in the water. Good for social skills, cooperation, and teamwork, and you can do it sitting down. Quaker Betty

Australian climber Amy Dunlop at Dentist 5.12b, Yangshuo near Guilin, China.
Australian climber Amy Dunlop at Dentist 5.12b, Yangshuo, near Guilin in China. Photograph: Adam Pretty / Getty Images for LUMIX

Climbing works all parts of the body, takes you into nature and requires enormous self-control. Does everything. Sithrak

I heard about a study done years ago and I think it was Australian rules football that stood out. Anaerobic and aerobic fitness, strength, endurance, coordination, communication, etc. They are brilliant athletes. crosby99

Swimming is the top sport in terms of health, fitness and well-being. The best shots are the front and back crawl. Swimming is therapeutic and provides excellent benefits for all ages. If you like things more difficult, try other styles. Finian2U

Swimming is for life. Try water polo and triathlons if you want more action and excitement when you’re younger, but maintain your health and fitness for life by swimming in a pool or outdoors when you’re older. responsiblefuftysix

Cross-country skiing is everything at once: cardio, strength, flexibility, and balance. No impact, you just need snow. Swimming is the second, all of the above and without impact on the skeleton. Lake Macdonald

I would suggest sport climbing. Once you get past the required strength, balance and flexibility, you also need logic / puzzle solving to find the best way to “read” the wall, that is, some holds only give you grip if your body is positioned a certain way. Also, every wall I’ve been on has a great vibe, with people working together to solve more difficult climbs. Hofmax

Gardening, and you can eat the fruits of your efforts. Geodiversity

Trampoline: you get out of breath and develop muscular strength, endurance and joint flexibility; it is a soft landing surface, less severe on the joints. The only missing factor is the ability to control an external object. I suggest badminton / tennis on a trampoline! nevill63

Ice hockey: power, strength, speed, hand-eye coordination. Plus, everything happens 50% faster on ice (assuming you can skate), so the need for speed and sharp reflexes is greater than in other sports. Quaternion

I suspect that professional boxers are the fittest and most skilled athletes out there. IanRod65

Great question and one that I, a physical education teacher, think about often. Almost all sports help develop performance skills and rely heavily on at least one skill set or type of fitness. My take is that the sheer number of variables, the angle of degrees of action around you, and the fact that there are so many open situations that you have to prepare for and try to do your best means that team invasion games They probably create the best type of multi-talented athletes. Happy to be alive

Mountain unicycle combined with archery. It’s one thing. Arthurducksworthy

Fit Throw – Requires strength, hand-eye coordination, speed, pace, determination, and patience. Markymarkmark

The 2021 motocross world championships in Krasnodar, Russia.
The 2021 motocross world championships in Krasnodar, Russia. Photograph: Dmitry Feoktistov / Tass

There is an interesting / unexpected quote from Jeff Spencer, a former Olympic rider involved in motocross rider training: “Motocross requires by far the highest level of combined fitness of any sport on the face of the Earth, without exception. I have spent five Tours de France with Lance Armstrong, and Lance is not far behind. But Lance’s general fitness doesn’t even compare to the general fitness of a motocross racer. ” regrets

Fight: learning to fight with skill and not with emotion is the basis of adult life in a world of conflict. It prepares you to be sensible with violence and calm in conflict. These life skills are invaluable. Since there are no strokes, it is not a brain-injured sport or one that can leave you with life-changing injuries such as gymnastics. onticmendacio

There was a television show in the 1970s where different athletes competed with each other. He seems to recall that the pole vaulters did well in all respects. Also remember that the cricketers were pretty useless. OldGreyWolf

You’re probably thinking of superstars. The golfers were really bad. I don’t recall any particular skill or physical pattern emerging. Rather, those who did the best were characterized above all by their competitiveness. As long as it is IFeelBlue62

Boxing: fitness, balance, speed, skills, and physical courage / confidence. Table tennis: recognized as a rehabilitation tool for brain injuries / diseases; there must be something in it. karlrgibson

No one seems to have suggested biathlon – cross country skiing combined with target shooting. Top-level cross-country skiers are known to have the highest aerobic capacities of any athlete, and additionally, as an exercise, it provides complete body conditioning. It is also a technical sport in the sense that it requires balance, coordination, and body awareness to develop effective technique. Combine that with the ability to take breaks from the strenuous endurance course to stand still and shoot accurately, which requires strength and control, and you have a sport that requires a number of different skills and types of fitness. Drspeedy

Research was done a while ago that said mountain biking was the most effective cross-training activity. Rugby league, the toughest sport in terms of running fitness and repetitive strength, absolute strength, endurance, power, and aerobic fitness, should be up there. Also add spatial awareness and proprioception. rhinoceros

I would say capoeira. Cardio, agility, flexibility, stunts, plus you have to be able to play it intelligently to anticipate your opponent’s response. Add the cultural, social and musical side and you have it all. It also tends to take Portuguese as a by-product. ClodLo

Motoring. All things athletic plus pain management, fundraising, engineering, problem solving, sponsorship management, team management, camping, and drinking tea in less than perfect condition. Cheesyrider

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