The Adrenaline Rush: Why Some Believe Extreme Sports Are Worth the RiskTerohan Nula January 17, 2014 0 COMMENTS
Broken bones, trauma, wounds—needless to say, these are only among the things that come with your effort to do a back flip with the dirt bike, or execute a trick on high rails and ramps with a skateboard. Extreme sports are not called “extreme” for no reason. Everything that happens in the arena, ramp, or whatnot is fuelled by adrenaline. This article delves into the psychology of extreme sports, which also states why sports extremists should wear helmets, motocross neck support or braces, or any safety contraption.
In general, people do sports because of the satisfaction they get out of them. This principle still applies to extreme sports, but with a little twist. Extreme sports have challenges that only the select few can overcome (based on physiology and perception of risks), and those who are into these activities feel their satisfaction double up once they get over these challenges. This can be addictive.
Another reason people are into extreme sports is their desire to go beyond the mundane and ordinary. Their psyche somehow dictates that they can’t live without experiencing any adrenaline rush. This belief depends on the philosophy that risks are part of everyday life, and that those who are into such activities are only continuing it to greater lengths.
The View on Risks and Fears
Sports extremists who have undergone proper mind-body conditioning view risks and fears as doors to positive self-transformation. Different studies show that they can learn about courage and humility from risks and fears. The two positive qualities may deliberately happen when the sportsman faces real situations that show them the thin line between life and death.
Dealing with Fear
Fear may be irrational, but it’s a normal human impulse. It’s built within man’s nature, and it helps him survive and thrive. In the context of extreme sports, the participants don’t necessarily overcome fears; they just learn how to tone them down. The regular exposure to fearful situations leads to familiarity. Familiarity, on the other hand, makes participants handle such situations with grace and other positive emotions.
Dealing with fear also means countering the looming effects of an action. This is why extreme sports participants buy Leatt motocross neck braces, tie their foot to the surfboard, or undergo intensive training.
In the end, only the people who are involved in such activities can actually say if what they’re doing is worth it. But with the entertainment value they provide to others and the self-transformation it offers them, one can infer that it is, indeed.