Athletics in the United States is a term encompassing the human competitive sports and games requiring physical skill, and the systems of training that prepare athletes for competition performance. Athletic sports or contests, are competitions which are primarily based on human, physical competition, demanding the qualities of stamina, fitness, and skill.
Non-athletic sports include motorsports (racing vehicles), precision sport (golf, bowling), and animal sports (horse racing). While not considered athletic sports, athletic and physical fitness training are important factors in wellness and performance of race car drivers, golfers, bowlers, and jockeys, etc.
Athletics articles in this category represent milestone achievements beyond sports news. Main sports are included in the submenu. Other sports are in the Athletics category and are tagged. For example, Baseball has a submenu, but Jumping Rope does not have a submenu, but does have a tag.
In Great Britain and in the spirit of the Olympics going back to the Ancient Olympic Games, athletics is an exclusive collection of sports that involve competitive running, jumping, throwing, and walking — including track and field, road running, cross country running, and race walking.
The simplicity of the competitions, and the lack of a need for expensive equipment, makes athletics in the Olympic sense, among the most commonly competed sports in the world.