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The Hazards Of Extreme Sports

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Summary:
Like all other sports, extreme sports also pose a certain number of risks
to its athletes. However, unlike other sports, the potential injuries
that a single lapse in judgment or a moment of poor coordination can be
fatal.


Keywords:
knee pain, lower back pain, anxiety, muscle spasms, muscle relaxant,
nausea, migraine


Article Body:
If you're a true extreme sports fan, then you've seen the incredible
stunts of the Yasutoko brothers... you're aware of the legend of Tony
Hawk... and you've seen more than one brave climber swing from ledge to
ledge along a complex artificial cliff face. Extreme sports professionals
make it look easy, but the reality is that it is not. In fact, extreme
sports require an extraordinary degree of precision and coordination that
borders on a need for perfection. In very few sports is one's sense of
timing critical not only to winning, but also to preventing serious,
life-threatening injuries. Extreme sports are tagged such for a very good
reason.

For casual fans of extreme sports such as skateboarding, aggressive in-
line skating, and ice climbing, the slightest mistake or a sudden burst
of muscle spasms during competition can do more than just cause them to
lose the game. Forgetting to take a muscle relaxant at the right time or
losing your timing to mae that critical grab could potentially lead to
serious injuries or a fatal accident.

All the dangers involved in doing extreme sports make it even more
unbelievable when people like Tony Hawk, Fabiola da Silva, and Matt
Hoffman make it look so easy when they perform in their respective
extreme sports. The slightest mistiming in getting one's body back to a
proper landing position could result in broken limbs, or worse. Muscle
spasms can also be a problem for other sports. For sports that involve
incredible feats of physical coordination and strength, such as ice
climbing, any sort of muscle problem at the wrong time can result in a
drop from a great height.

The various physical hazards involved in extreme sports require the same
degree of dedicated practice and muscle training as other sports, if not
more so. However, the mental conditioning is also an integral part of
successfully training someone in the world of extreme sports.

Even if it doesn't look like it, concentration plays a large part in
extreme sports. The mind can't afford distractions like nausea and
migraine headaches when you're several feet from the ground and you're
trying to figure out how many times you can spin your body before you
have to get back into landing position. Besides that, your mind must also
be attuned such that your coordination is perfect, allowing you to
impress people by pulling off nearly impossible stunts and tricks.

Interestingly, unlike other sports, the only real way to practice for
extreme sports is to basically do the same things, but without the
competitive setting. Which means that a person has to expose himself to
the same risks that he would while in an exhibition or competition.
Practicing for an extreme sport means that you have to take the same
measures to avoid muscle spasms, nausea, migraine headaches, knee pain,
lower back pain, and whatnot that you would if there was a cash prize on
the line.

However, in contrast to the increased risk to one's person if one gets
these sorts of problems in the middle of a “run,” there is a lessened
risk of the typical extreme sports athlete to actually develop an obvious
physical problem. Extreme sports athletes tend to be serious about their
training, but somehow maintain a generally laid-back attitude. This may
seem rather contradictory, but most athletes in this sport aren't as
obsessive as athletes in other sports are. There is a distinct lack of
anxiety towards things like muscle structure and physical dominance, as
the sports tend to put more emphasis on coordination and style.

				
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