The Science of Extreme Sports | Why We Seek Danger For Fun

Extreme Sports Psychology“You’re crazy! There must be something wrong with you!” That guaranteed, priceless response I get out of my dad every time I make it back alive from an extreme sport. Since humans and animals are naturally programmed to avoid heights and major risks to survive, his understanding that extreme sports are unnatural makes sense.

While many may join him in disbelief, there are also thousands people that willingly enjoy taking blind leaps of faith, as in skydiving. Are some of us “crazy” and some of us sane? Is it nature or nurture that determines our unique cravings for danger, our perceptions of fear, and our decisions to jump or not? To continue reading this post click here.

[Written for River Recreation]

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