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in biology: see mutationmutation,
in biology, a sudden, random change in a gene, or unit of hereditary material, that can alter an inheritable characteristic. Most mutations are not beneficial, since any change in the delicate balance of an organism having a high level of adaptation to its environment
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individual or group recreational activities, usually physical, which involve interpersonal or intergroup competition, contests with nature (e.g. hunting), or the more general exercise of physical skills. While sports often take the form of‘games’, not all games are sports (e.g. card games, various games of chance and strategy). Sport occurs in most societies. However, most modern forms of organized sport have their origins in the latter half of the 19th century, although some of these, such as horse racing, boxing, cricket and football have a much longer history. In modern societies the role of sport – including spectator and televised sport – is a significant one. See also SOCIOLOGY OF SPORT, PLAY, LEISURE.
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What does it mean when you dream about sports?

Dreaming of participating in a sport may suggest that the dreamer is in excellent physical condition or needs some exercise or recreation.

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a. an animal or plant that differs conspicuously in one or more aspects from other organisms of the same species, usually because of a mutation
b. an anomalous characteristic of such an organism
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Playing sports may represent some aspects of the way that we run our lives, or may refer to internal struggles where one part of the dreamer’s psyche or personality is attempting to “win” over another. At times life is like a challenging sport. We compete, try to win, and attempt to develop our abilities so that we will succeed. In the dream, the outcome of the game may say something about how well we are doing. Do we feel competent and successful, are we playing fair, or is the sport more competitive than what we are comfortable with? In order to understand the dream, consider the details and attempt to identify what in daily life creates similar emotions. All sports and games have specific rules and boundaries. Your performance within this framework may represent the struggle against inner conflicts such individual fears and weaknesses, or may be referring to a pragmatic problem or situation at work or in your relationships.
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(5,19) To eliminate the income disparity and improve the grade to a B, organized sport participation would need to increase from 64% to 78% within the lowest income quartile and from 74% to 78% in the second lowest quartile.
The two rating sheets were used to determine associations between the ratings and participants' participation in organized sports and physical activity levels and examine the validity of the Rod-and-Frame Test.
By World War I, many Americans thought that organized sports provided the social glue for a nation of diverse classes, regions, ethnic and racial groups, and competing loyalties.
And coaches who view organized sports with a respectful, development- and fun-focused approach are more likely to have athletes who enjoy and stay in sports.
The study's authors said youth sports still present a promising setting for promoting nutrition because more than 44 million children and adolescents participate in organized sports each year, according to the National Council of Youth Sports.
In an article Adirim wrote for Sports Medicine (2003; 33(1):75-81), she reported that an increase of youth participation in organized sports has coincided with an increase in acute and overuse injuries.
Participation in organized sports and athletic competition fosters admirable character traits and provides valuable life-lessons.
* Fewer tweens reported involvement in organized sports (38.5 percent) than free-time physical activity (77.4 percent).
There were many new things for children to do in the summers -- particularly organized sports. School programs became more specialized and rigorous, sometimes calling for more summer study.
More than half of American children play organized sports each year, but about 70% of them quit by the time they reach 13 and even more have dropped out by 15.
Every semester I yearn for the applicant who will declare that organized sports are not a metaphor for life, that the race is not always to the swift.
* Enroll your child in organized sports through schools, community clubs, and recreation areas where there may be adults who are certified athletic trainers (ATC).