The Rush in Dangerous Sports and Activities
Sports are professional or leisure activities that help take the mind off the daily hustles of life and rejuvenate the mind and body. Dangerous sports do not, however, fall within any of this category as individuals engaging in dangerous sports or activities are merely seeking an adrenaline rush, looking for popularity, experience something exciting, or simply show off their skills.
For some people undertaking dangerous sports and activities, the risk and danger inherent in the activity is their main attraction. Risky and extreme situations such as base jumping or white water rafting generate an adrenaline rush that attract these sports’ enthusiasts. The unpredictability of the outcome once an individual engages in the activity draws exhilaration (BBC, 2013).
As some look for an adrenaline surge, other performers in dangerous sports are in search of popularity. The fact that it is easy to gain attention by engaging in dangerous activity attracts some people to such sports and activities. Coasteering, an activity involving exploration of the coastline regardless of boundaries such as cliffs or dangerous sea animals can be one such sport where people may be looking for popularity. If an individual is to cover the entire coastline in a continent or planet, they are bound to become popular for such extremes. In 2006, Heather Swan, an Australian mother, and her husband set the record for the highest BASE jump from Mt. Meru (Pipe 2011), showing that the search for popularity is a driver to undertaking such sports.
Ultimately, extreme sports cannot be performed by every individual and require a certain level of extreme abilities whether mental or physical. As such, extreme sports and activities become a platform to display extreme skills and capabilities. Climbing a face cliff with no safety or climbing gear requires extreme skills and intense practice to pull off. People engaging in such activities want to differentiate themselves from average athletes.