Interesting Facts About Extreme Sports: Breathtaking Actions!

Extreme sports have been on the rise since the 1990s, with technology advancements making more extreme sports possible. Not for the faint of heart, extreme sports are adrenaline-inducing sports that push human limits. These athletes are constantly trying to jump higher, go faster or fly farther which either leads to broken records or broken bones.
Extreme sports, sometimes called action sports or adventure sports, do not have an exact definition but are generally considered to be activities that are seen as having a high level of potential danger.
These sports involve great speeds, height or depth. They also require a tremendous physical stamina. This is the reason why extreme sports are not as popular as conventional sports that are a safe combination of adventure and skills. Extreme sports are often done using highly specialized gear and under expert supervision.
Extreme sports often involve high speeds, dangerous heights, the requirement for a high level of specialist technical skill, and highly specialized gear or equipment.
During the 1990’s extreme sports quickly became popular especially after the introduction of ESPN’s X Games and dedicated extreme sport channels. Extreme sports tend to be popular among the ages of 15 – 35 years and usually involve less team aspects than traditional sports.
Success in extreme sports usually involves judging panels scoring athletes based on visual and technical criteria and completion of a ‘trick’. Height based extreme sports include Bungee jumping, skydiving, BASE jumping, paragliding and hang gliding.
Water based sports include scuba diving, windsurfing, kitesurfing, wakeboarding surfing, whitewater kayaking and rafting. Wheel extreme sports include BMX, skateboarding, mountain biking, inline skating, rally car and motocross.
Let’s now look at top SIX interesting facts about Extreme Sports:
1. Studies say that extreme sports evolved as a reaction to the increasingly safe life. As daily life lacks risks, common man feels the need to experience the thrill in risk-taking. Another reason for an increase in the popularity of extreme sports is modern technology.
Technological advances have brought about safety devices and sports equipment making various sports, a pleasurable activity. The worldwide spread of extreme sports is attributed to media.
Television and movies have been responsible for gaining a widespread participation in extreme sports. People take part in thrilling sports activities for publicity. They get an opportunity to appear on television by participating in extreme sports game shows.
2. Disabled people participate in extreme sports. Nonprofit organizations such as Adaptive Action Sports seek to increase awareness of the participation in action sports by members of the disabled community, as well as increase access to the adaptive technologies that make participation possible and to competitions such as The X Games.
3. The X Games are an annual extreme sports event, organized by the U.S. sports broadcaster ESPN. Participants compete to win gold, silver, and bronze medals along with prize money. The first Summer X Games were held in 1995 in Newport, Rhode Island. The first Winter X Games were held in 1997 at Mountain Resort, Big Bear Lake, California.
4. The X Games competitions often makes heroes of those athletes who are talented and brave enough to pull of a new and exciting ‘trick’ such as Tony Hawk’s 900 in skateboarding, Travis Pastrana’s double backflip in freestyle motocross, Heath Frisby’s first snowmobile front flip or snowboarder Torstein Horgmo’s triple flip.
5. Some contend that the distinction between an extreme sport and a conventional one has as much to do with marketing as with the level of danger involved or the adrenaline generated.
For example, rugby union is both dangerous and adrenaline-inducing but is not considered an extreme sport due to its traditional image, and because it does not involve high speed or an intention to perform stunts and also it does not have changing environmental variables for the athletes.
6. Extreme sports by their nature can be extremely dangerous, conducive to fatalities, near-fatalities and other serious injuries, and sometimes consist in treading along the brink of death. This imminent and inherent danger in these sports has been considered a somewhat necessary part of its appeal, which is partially a result of pressure for athletes to make more money and provide maximum entertainment.

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