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Which Olympian are you most like?
12:00am Saturday 2nd June 2012 in Health News By
What’s Your Sport? uses scientifically designed games and quizzes to assess your personality, skills and reflexes to work out which sport you’re best suited to from a list of 76 sports and activities.
Your results are processed in a few seconds to create your own personal sporting profile, highlighting your ideal sport and individual strengths, which you can share on Facebook.
The sports are sorted into 11 different categories, such as aesthetic sports (gymnastics, figure skating) and invasion sports (football, basketball), with a star profile for each sport.
Each category is full of videos and articles featuring inspirational stories from sports stars and your average Joe, as well as an interactive map to help you get started in your local area.
As the nation gets into the Olympic spirit, a survey of 8,000 people who used What’s Your Sport? found that most Britons were best suited to aesthetic sports.
Almost one in five (18.6%) of those who took the What’s Your Sport? test fell into aesthetic sports, which requires good concentration, excellent memory and a taste for routine.
The sports Britons are most suited to, based on the results of 8,388 completed What’s Your Sport? tests between March and May 2012, are:
- 18.6% aesthetic sports (gymnastics, figure skating)
- 17.2% lifestyle activities (walking, cycling)
- 13.4% invasion sports (football, basketball)
- 9.2% precision sports (archery, curling)
- 8.2% striking sports (cricket, baseball)
- 6.4% net and racquet sports (tennis and squash)
- 5.7% solo sports (athletics and rock climbing)
- 5.2% combat sports (fencing and judo)
- 5.2% water sports (swimming, diving)
- 5.1% board sports (surfing, skateboarding)
- 4.9% winter sports (skiing, snowboarding)
What's Your Sport? was developed with sports and performance psychologists at Loughborough University's School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences.
Sport and performance psychology expert Dr David Fletcher, who led the development of the test, says What’s Your Sport? is designed to help people get into sport.
“With a little under three months to go until the Olympics, most of us will be feeling inspired to get active,” he says.
“This tool helps people find sports they are most inclined to enjoy and be good at, so giving many the impetus to get started in finding an activity that they can really embrace and form a part of their lifestyle.”
Dr Knut Schroeder GP says: “Regular exercise is vital to a healthy lifestyle. In my experience, the best way for people to stay motivated is if they can find an exercise activity they enjoy.
“In this sense, this tool is great, as it helps people find sports they are best suited to, so hopefully they’ll be more likely to take it up and keep active regularly.”
- We've got plenty of ideas to inspire you to get active in our Get fit for 2012 section.