|（1.Graduate Department, 4.Sport Department, 5.Department of Personnel,Shanghai University of Sport,Shanghai 200438，China; 2.Department of Scientific Research,Hebei Institute of Physical Education,Shijiazhuang 050041,China; 3.Department of Physical Education,Hebei Normal University,Shijiazhuang 050016,China）
Abstract: Firstly, the authors demonstrated that sport is a sort of practical activity from the perspective of the char-acteristics of practice, namely, objective substantiality, initiative activity, and social historicity, thus establishing the “human” nature of sport, so as to distinguish it from the movement of animals. Secondly, based on this demonstra-tion the authors demonstrated that sport is a sort of practical activity that reshapes the humankind itself by compar-ing sports practice with the basic forms of practice, namely, the object, purpose, process and result of practice, thus distinguishing sport from other practical activities, and further demonstrating that sport is a mankind reshaping practical activity aiming mainly at uplifting humankind’s physical health level with material attributes. Lastly, the authors revealed the essence of sport.
Key words: essence of sport; practice; sport concept