Sporting activities that involve a higher degree of risks are extreme sports. They can either be an adventure sport or an action sport. Extreme sports activity usually involves a high level of physical exertion. It also involves speed, and height and therefore requires highly specialized gear. During the 1990’s it gained its popularity and became an event for promotion by many major corporations. The X Games was the first of its kind event which featured all major kinds of extreme sporting activities. Which sports can be termed “extreme” is a subject matter of debate. There are various different activities around the globe.
Although the general target for these kinds of sporting activities are younger-than-average. It is still not an all exclusive domain of the youths. Extreme Sports are more solitary in nature than traditional sporting activities. In its modern form, the media categorizes extreme sporting events from the traditional ones. They are based on variable factors like a mountain, water, snow, wind, weather, and terrain. Athletes compete in a controlled environment against each other in traditional sports. Whilst in extreme sports the variable factors are uncontrolled. Any event to qualify as extreme sports needs to fulfil the following criteria’s:
- The event needs to be thrilling
- It has to be extreme in nature which means a poor execution of the activity may cause physical harm of serious nature
- For the execution of the activity, the participant needs to possess extreme physical ability and skill
Features Of Extreme Sports
Marketing – Marketing is highly responsible for creating a distinction between extreme and traditional sporting activity. In the modern world of sports, the attention and the hype created by the marketing activities determine the category of majority of the sporting events. Rugby is a clear example of this is. Although rugby involves speed and is dangerous since it does not involve stunts it is categorized as a traditional sporting activity.
Motivation – Inducement of adrenaline rush is one of the most vital features of extreme sports. This creation of this rush is more due to the secretion of certain chemicals in our body due to exertion rather than fear.
Mortality – Sporting activities of extreme nature are dangerous and have the capability of causing fatalities that can take a participant to the verge of death. One of the most necessary parts of its appeal is the quantum of danger that revolves around it which at times may also result in mortalities.
Health – Extreme sports because of their potential risk hazard belong to the league of extraordinary sporting events. On the contrary, it can also help individuals to connect with life and create physical and mental health benefits for them. Sporting events of extreme nature releases adrenaline which makes them perform stunts that may not have been possible in normal circumstances.
Thrill – Participants usually experience the emotion of thrill with such kind of sporting events. In spite of the level of risk, adrenaline is the primary reason why people choose to embark on such events. To experience the pleasure of danger and thrill, participants willingly sign on their death wish.