Extreme sports are gaining ground and we are witnessing a phenomenon that is developing globally. Adrenaline addicts are multiplying, and offers for new adventures are not long in coming. But why are we becoming more and more attracted to high-risk activities? Does it make us feel more alive at a time when our senses seem to be numb? Do we want to surpass ourselves? What is, in fact, the cause?
Paragliding, bungee jumping (elastic rope jumping), gliding, mountaineering, zip-lining, rope crossing or rafting are just some of the extreme sports that you can practice in Romania and that attract, every year, many adventure seekers.
The psychology behind extreme sports
While traditional sports seem to gather fewer sympathizers, the number of participants in extreme sports has increased. What would be the reason? While many call extreme sports practitioners terrible and compare them to drug addicts, researchers Eric Brymer and Robert Schweitzer shed light on the case in this book. "Phenomenology and the Extreme Sport Experience". A book on the latest study on the psychological implications behind these high-risk activities explains how these athletes can be called anyway, but not irresponsible. On the contrary. "They are highly trained people, with a deep knowledge of self, activity and environment, who are involved in these activities to achieve a change and an improvement in life,”Explains the co-author of the study, Robert Schweitzer, professor of psychology at the University of Queensland in Australia.
The study shows that it is absurd to condemn something you cannot understand, because every sport involves a different experience and is as difficult to express and define as a feeling of love. Each participant has an almost spiritual experience, and the resulting psychological implications are positive.
„Far from traditional risk-oriented assumptions, participation in extreme sports facilitates positive psychological experiences and expresses human values such as humility, harmony, creativity, spirituality and a vital sense of self that enrich daily life.Professor Schweitzer added.
Without prejudice, the two researchers adopted a phenomenological approach that focused more on the experience of the participants. Thus, they were able to draw a clear conclusion, which indicates only one thing: despite the fact that they practice sports that, in certain circumstances, can lead to death, these experiences proved to be more of an affirmation of life and potential. transformation. These experiences greatly enrich the lives of practitioners and give them a new perspective on what it means to be human.
„Extreme sport has the potential to induce unusual states of consciousness, which are both strong and significant."
In other words, although those who sit on the bench see only the risk to which these extreme sports lovers are subjected, they live a real sensory journey, difficult to observe and understand from the outside.
The mountain, host to extreme sports
As nature is a major activator of sensations, mountain it is one of the main places where extreme and traditional sports are practiced. In addition to skiing and snowboarding, adrenaline enthusiasts also prefer mountaineering, zip-lining, paragliding, mountain biking. (MTB) and a number of motor sports, such as ATVs.
The adventure, after all, is like a button "restart”Of the senses. In this case, extreme sports can be this button that more and more people are activating. Practiced in a wise way, with the right equipment and following a book-like instruction, these activities can write important and beautiful pages in the diary of our lives.
What do you think about extreme sports?