A sport in which the players have a range of contact with either each other or with inanimate objects. Because the term is non-specific, and encompasses a range of kinetics, the term contact sport has been divided into full contact (collision), semi-contact, limited contact, and non-contact sports
contact sport Sports medicine A sport in which body contact either is an integral component of the sport–eg, boxing, football, martial arts, rugby, wrestling, or commonly occurs while engaged in the sport–eg, basketball, hockey, lacrosse. See Blood sports.
contact sport sport in which forceful contact between opponents is an integral and frequent factor, e.g. boxing, rugby.