Brazil is known as the country of football, but did you know that other sports are also practiced and recognized in the country?
Watching a game, cheering for the athletes or even playing some sport, Brazilians enjoy being on the move and doing sports activities.
Thinking about the variety, we prepared this article with the 5 most practiced sports in Brazil.
Read until the end and learn all about these modalities.
Sports practice in Brazil
Physical activity contributes to the health of the practitioner, with exercises that address aesthetics, reduction of body weight and a better quality of life.
Therefore, the Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics (IBGE) points out that in Brazil the favorite sport and the main sport is soccer.
And this sport is practiced by more than 15.3 million people.
Since 2015, the search for the practice of some sport has been increasing.
Also according to the IBGE, the number of practitioners in the country is around 39.3% million.
Increase in sports in the pandemic
Regular sports practice is proven to strengthen the immune system and help prevent the development of comorbidities.
These comorbidities are responsible for aggravating the effects of the coronavirus.
It was analyzed that between March and November 2020, the search for exercises at home doubled.
Increasing interest in cycling by +144% and swimming by +230%. The data shows that the practice of sports had a significant increase of 69%.
However, what many do not know is that there is the possibility of increasing immunity, getting vitamin c with sport.
After all, vitamin C is an essential nutrient for its important biological functions to increase collagen, carnitine and peptide hormones.
What sports do Brazilians watch the most?
As said, Brazil is the country of football and for this reason the sport is the most watched by Brazilians.
The modality moves R$16 billion per year, with an audience of 17.7 million people, which is equivalent to more than 9% of the Brazilian population.
Another sport that is very popular with viewers is the NBA.
American basketball had more than 45 million fans in Brazil alone in 2021. 31% more than in 2019.
5 most popular sports in Brazil
One thing is for sure, Brazilians like adrenaline and always be on the move.
It is undeniable that football is at the heart of the vast majority of the population.
However, other sports are popular among Brazilians.
Football is nothing more than the most popular sport in Brazil.
The matches are played on a field measuring 105 meters long by 68 meters wide, a standard stipulated by the International Football Federation, FIFA.
For the game to take place, they need two teams with 11 players each, with the objective of scoring as many goals as possible.
This sport is played by two teams of 6 players each.
The rectangular-sized court is divided by a net.
The objective is not to let the ball fall on your side of the court, but on the opponent’s side.
With 3 sets, each match ends with 25 points, but the opponent must present a minimum difference of 2 points.
Whoever is the leader in the most sets wins.
#3 Table Tennis
It is a sport created in the United Kingdom, known as ping-pong.
The objective is to score points. The game consists of a table with a net in the middle and two opponents.
Points occur when the opponent sends the ball off the table on a side opposite you.
Or even, when you don’t reach the good one and it hits your side of the table.
It is the practice of competing in swimming pools.
Divided into crawl, breaststroke, backstroke and butterfly, it is considered a complete sport, as it moves most muscles and joints.
The art of swimming can help in the treatment of respiratory problems and muscular atrophies.
Just like football is divided into 2 teams with 5 players each.
The matches take place on indoor courts and their main characteristic is the dynamism and speed greater than that of traditional football.
The focus is also on goals.
Sports that are growing in popular taste
The fastest growing sport in the world is MMA.
In Brazil, the search for sport is huge. Modalities that seem difficult are becoming the darlings of Brazilians, namely:
- American football;
One thing is certain, whether football or MMA, sports are part of Brazilians’ lives and are responsible for ensuring a better quality of life for practitioners.
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