How much do you know about extreme sports?
“We do these things not to escape life, but to prevent life escaping us” says Bob Drury, a paraglider.
Extreme sports are no more “extreme” than traditional activities played at a much higher level. It might even be said that the distinction between an extreme sport and a conventional one has as much to do with good marketing rather than the levels of danger involved or the amount of adrenaline generated. If this wasn’t the case surely rugby union should be termed an extreme sport!
Did you know that when the term “extreme sport” first surfaced in the late 1980’s/early 1990’s it was used for adult specific sports including scuba diving, bungee jumping, sky diving etc. However, nowadays the term applies more to youth sports such as skateboarding, snowboarding and BMX. A feature of all these activities is the adrenaline rush experienced by the participants although some extreme sport enthusiasts claim that it is more about developing their physical and mental skills, seeking mastery of their chosen environment and a desire to escape from the mundaneness of day-to-day life.
What do you think? We are delving into this subject in more depth on our site xtreme sport 4 u. Please feel free to visit and make some comments on our forum or here on our blog. We would love input from enthusiasts, anxious parents (!) or people related to the topic in other ways…