A team sport is an athletic activity where the fundamental nature of the game or sport necessitates the participation of multiple individuals working as a team, and it would be inherently impossible or highly impractical to execute the sport as a single-player endeavor.
There are many different types of team sports, with each one requiring a unique set of skills. Some examples include track and field (which can have up to 12 athletes on a team), baseball, soccer, volleyball, basketball, lacrosse, hockey and swimming.
Team sports teach children a number of valuable life skills that they will carry with them throughout their lifetimes. These include a strong work ethic and the ability to push themselves to their limits. They also learn how to work with others and communicate effectively. Lastly, they also learn how to deal with losses and how to take any failures as an opportunity to improve.
The importance of these lessons is not lost on the Department of Health, which has highlighted the role that community-based, team sports can play in improving childhood health and wellbeing. This has led to a rise in the popularity of these sports among young people, and particularly girls. This has been the inspiration behind a new systematic review, which examines the effectiveness of interventions designed to promote and sustain female participation in team sports. This review is the first to focus specifically on team sports interventions that target secondary school aged girls.