If someone asks you “Why do you do extreme sports?”, what will be your answer? – It’s all about the thrill.
How risky are extreme sports? – They’re attractive, they’re different, they fill you with adrenaline, and they’re fashionable.
The popularity of extreme sports has grown considerably in the last decade, both among those who dedicate themselves to them more professionally and among fans who want to emulate their heroes.
The BASE jump, acronym for the English words building, antenna, span and earth (which refers to different fixed points from which the person can launch as a building, an antenna, a hanging rope between two points and a cliff), is a modality that has a high degree of risk, much more significant than a traditional parachute jump from an aircraft.
What is considered extreme sport?
There is no specific definition, but in general, extreme sports are activities that by their nature offer a high degree of danger and risk. They are usually practiced more by individuals than by teams. The best-known sports are skydiving, base jumping, cave diving, hang gliding, kitesurfing, motocross, climbing or kayaking in fast waters, but there are many others.
In one of his works, British statistician David Spiegel halter sought to establish how risky extreme sports were that had driven a billion-dollar industry in the world.
Based on a world in which risk is part of life, Spiegel halter studied different disciplines to establish his level of risk in terms of a micro mortem measure.
This unit, introduced by researchers at Stanford University in the 1970s, defines the risk of death to which each person is exposed depending on the activity he or she carries out, or the same is the probability of death of one in a million.
After the extreme steps
According to a study led by Dr. Vani J. Salesman, submitted in 2014 to the Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons of the United States, more than four million injuries in 11 years have been attributed to the practice of extreme sports.
“Young people often show little judgment. They see Shaun White (star of snowboarding) elevate the sport to an entirely different level, and many boys try to emulate their tricks,” said Sabesan, professor of orthopedic surgery, school of medicine of the University of Western Michigan.
The surgeon added that it is also a cultural problem that gives the green light for the kids to try to do those maneuvers, and even share their achievements on social networks.
But are these sports riskier than a daily life activity?
At the end of the day, Dr. Sabesan’s primary recommendation to reduce the number of injuries is not due to the sport itself, but to the lack of prevention on the part of those who practice it, who do not apply sufficient safety measures.
Part of your life
Like more traditional activities such as diving, which has an average of 8 micrometers per dive, or running a marathon – 7 micromeres per 42,192 meters-most extreme sports offer a risk that can be accepted as usual of about ten micromeres per activity. But since none of these activities are so attractive, or different, or fill you with adrenaline and are not fashionable, it’s not uncommon to understand why people prefer to increase the risk or number of micrometers to their daily lives.