- History of Volleyball
The history of volleyball is closely related to basketball, both originating at YMCAs in Massachusetts during the 1890s.
- History of Wrestling
The history of wrestling, from ancient Mesopotamia to medieval Germany. Learn about the kinds of wrestling matches these cultures engaged in.
- History of Yoga
Learn about the history of yoga, from its subsets in the ancient Eastern World to its worldwide revival as a form of exercise in the 20th century.
- History’s First Sport Recorded
Learn about the sport that stretches farthest back in history to ancient Mesopotamia, as well as close runners-up and common misconceptions.
- Icelandic Knattleikr (Viking Lacrosse)
Knattleikr was an Nordic ball sport played by the medieval Icelandic vikings. It appears to have borne some similarities to lacrosse.
- Irish Caid (Medieval Football)
Caid was a medieval Irish football sport, grouped among the European sports that led to the development of soccer, rugby, and football.
- Irish Coraíocht (Collar and Elbow)
Coraíocht, commonly referred to as “Collar and Elbow,” was a grappling sport practiced throughout Ireland for over a millennium.
- Irish Hurling
Hurling is an Irish ball game with ancient Gaelic roots. This high-adrenaline sport has been a symbol of masculinity throughout Irish history.
- Japanese Kemari (Medieval Hacky Sack)
Kemari was a Japanese keep-up game from the Middle Ages. Players cooperated to keep a ball airborne, often purposefully kicking it into trees. Learn more.
- Japanese Sumo Wrestling
Sumo wrestling is a cultural Japanese grappling sport, born out of a mix between 18th century street fighting and Shinto traditions.
- Malla-Yuddha (South Asian Wrestling)
Malla-yuddha was an ancient South Asian combat sport with rich cultural history, incorporating grappling, boxing, and martial arts.
- Medieval European Nutrition
Medieval European nutrition consisted of a ton of cereals, a lot of veggies, and a modest amount of meat. Due to Catholic beliefs, fish was very popular as well.
- Medieval French Chole (Golf)
Chole was a medieval French sport with some striking similarities to golf, though one player would strike the ball away from the goal.
- Medieval Irish Nutrition
Medieval Irish nutrition was made up primarily of dairy, meat, and grains. This diet was heavy with hearty stew and thickened milk.
- Medieval Mob Football
Medieval mob football was a massive ball sport played in medieval Europe. Teams of entire towns would try to score by any means short of murder.
- Mesoamerican Pelota Purépecha
Pelota purépecha was a Mesoamerican ball sport with great similarity to field hockey, sometimes played with a ball lit on fire.
- Mongolian Beikou (Daur Hockey)
Daur hockey is a millennium-old sport from northern China. Historically, players used rough tree branches and a piece of apricot root to play.
- Native American Chunkey
Chunkey was a Native American sport that involved rolling a small circular stone and trying to land a long pole near its final resting place.
- Native American Medicine
Native American medicine and healthcare was centered around balance in every aspect of life – physical, spiritual, mental, and environmental.
- Native American Shinny (Hockey)
Shinny is a term usually used to refer to a sport comparable to hockey or lacrosse, played by Native American and Canadian First Nations tribes.