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Thrill-seekers, risk-takers, adrenalin junkies – what do these words mean? These are words we use to describe people who love extreme sports. You probably think that people who enjoy base jumping, sky-diving, white-water rafting and other dangerous sports are crazy, but research shows that the opposite is true.
Dr Eric Brymer at Leeds Beckett University in the UK says, “Our research has shown people who engage in extreme sports are anything but irresponsible risk-takers with a death wish. They are highly trained individuals with a deep knowledge of themselves, the activity and the environment who do it to have an experience that is life-enhancing and life-changing.” But what’s wrong with simply learning a new language or travelling to an exotic country? Isn’t that life-enhancing too? Apparently, it’s not that simple.
Extreme sports athletes often can’t answer the question: Why do you do it? It’s almost as difficult to answer that question as it is to find a reply to the question: Why do you love your partner? The truth is that extreme sports make people feel alive in the same way as falling in love does – their senses are heightened and their confidence is boosted. Both falling in love and jumping off a mountain make people feel great!
Research has shown that doing extreme sports gives athletes a rush of dopamine and endorphins, making them come back repeatedly to experience the same feeling of pleasure – they literally get addicted to the experience! What’s more, extreme sports enthusiasts are often less anxious than other people because they are used to finding solutions to challenging situations. They are also independent, disciplined, capable of high levels of concentration for long periods, dedicated and not afraid to work to get what they want. These athletes push themselves hard and are not only mentally alert but also in great physical shape.
When asked what he thinks characterises an extreme sports lover, Dr Eric Brymer said, “A desire to live life to its fullest. They do not have a death wish – in fact I would argue that it’s the opposite, it’s a ‘life wish’.”
what makes them tick? = qu’est-ce qui le fait courir?
thrill-seeker = casse-cou
risk-taker = téméraire
adrenalin junkie = accroc à l’adrénaline
to engage = se lancer dans
a death wish = une pulsion de mort
knowledge = connaissance
life-enhancing = qui embellit le quotidien
heightened = plus intense
repeatedly = de façon répétée
a life wish = une pulsion de vie