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The Science Behind Why We Love Risk
There's a longstanding assumption behind most of the research on extreme athletes: "Clearly, something's wrong with them." That's what Eric Brymer, a researcher at Leeds Beckett in the UK, has seen for most of his career. Why else would anyone willingly participate in an activity that is quite literally defined by its high levels of perceived risk?

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Those who practice life-threatening extreme sports do it to have an experience that is life-changing, to feel alive and have an almost transcendental sensorial clarity.

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Options Of Adventure Sports

Options Of Adventure Sports
  • Skateboarding: Using ramps to pick up speed, you can learn to perform tricks.
  • Mountain biking: Combinies the technical skill and endurance of cross-country and the speed ...

Adventure Sports

  • They are fast-paced, action-packed and perfect for those who want to take risks and test their bodies to the extreme.
  • Many clubs offer free trials, and cheap hire of equipment.
  • Adventure sports are fun but often very physically demanding.
  • There are clubs and groups around the world with professional coaches to help you reach your maximum potential in whichever sport you choose.
  • Most adventure sports offer more accessible variations for children or the disabled. 

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Sports Fans

Sports is a big deal across the world, with die-hard fans who are extremely emotional towards their home teams. It is hard to pinpoint the motivations of a sports fan, and why a win or a loss of a ...

Why We Love Sports

Sports psychologists have a list of why people love sports:

  • Sports carry self-esteem benefits.
  • Commercial reasons (money bets etc.).
  • Peer pressure of being part of their group.
  • Sports are exciting.
  • Sports is an aesthetically pleasing activity.
  • A venue for emotional expression.
  • Sports is an escape from real-world problems.
  • Sports provide a sense of connectedness and belonging.

Explaining Sports Appeal

  • Talent-Luck Theory: Sports appeals to a lot of people due to its ability to balance skill with randomness.
  • Mirror Neurons: Many fans are able to feel what the player is feeling, and experience the excitement first-hand in his mind, with no barrier between the self and the outside world.

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