Professional sports men are earning their living from participating in sports. For example, football and athletics are among the highly profitable and commoditized sports. Some sporting activities are costly such as car racing. People from all over the world come together in sports either as spectators or players. It has helped in enhancing interaction between people from various cultural backgrounds.
Recreation on the other hand is a practice whereby people engage in activities in which they derive pleasure. It provides an important opportunity for people to engage in activities away from the monotonous day to day engagements. People usually engage in adventurous activities such as visiting parks, mountain climbing or entertainment such as watching sports, dances and creative performances and many other activities that are refreshing. Most of these activities have also become an income source for service providers. For example, entertainment centers charge a price for using the facility, which may be a swimming pool or dance halls. Adventurous activities such as visiting parks are also paid for. Developments in sports have been continuous since the industrial revolution that had a great impact on sports and recreation. This paper is a critique of the role of that the industrial revolution played in reshaping recreation and sports.
Before the industrial revolution, sports were not advanced as they are in the contemporary situation. Charles (1998) observes that people remained calm during their free time, drinking ale, dancing and other village based games and sun bathing before the industrial revolution. The industrial revolution brought to a stop the long-standing practices as people began getting involved in industrial activities that were highly demanding. Industries were developed and the calm environment and fresh air were filled with smoke and