An argument, conflict, or altercation that involves force or physical hostility is referred to as a physical altercation. Because physical contact is involved, physical altercations are different from verbal ones. These conflicts are commonly referred to as fights and may be considered battery under the law.
Violence and physical altercations are forbidden under state and federal legislation, which vary depending on the location.
When used in relation to sports, the term of a physical altercation has a different connotation. A physical altercation in a sports league can be any action taken that is unrelated to the sport or game being played.