The popularity of extreme sports has blossomed and has moved from cult status to the mainstream of society. These sports, many of which were unknown beyond the small groups that followed them until recently, attract large audiences now due to the inherent risks of injury and even death. It seems that even the spectators benefit from the adrenaline rush that is received by the participants of these sports.
Some of the most popular extreme sports have been around for over forty years or more. Mountain climbing and biking, skateboarding and surfing are all considered extreme sports and have been around for decades. Skateboarding was actually invented by surfers who were seeking a way to cross train when the surf wasn't up. These sports are now considered tame in extreme sports circles except for the niche extremes within them such as the big wave riding done by Laird Hamilton. This man surfs mountain sized waves over 50 feet tall that are so powerful he has to be towed into them by jet ski or dropped in from a helicopter! With extreme sports it is very important that proper safety precautions be followed to avoid unnecessary injury and be as safe as possible.
For example, most skateboarders will think nothing of buying the newest skateboard or new wheels and trucks but barely give any thought to safety equipment if at all. It is important to especially wear at least a helmet to avoid severe head injuries which can even prove fatal without a helmet. Here are a few things here that can help you. If you or your child has an interest in participating in an extreme sport it would be wise to speak to someone who is regarded as an expert in that particular sport before you get started.
They will be able to give you insider information and head off any mistakes you might make out of ignorance. Unless you are from the planet Krypton and have a big red "S" painted in your chest, don't think that you can immediately equal the skills and tricks that the pros in the sports perform. They all started in the same way that you are.
No one is born able to walk and talk and learning one of these extreme sports is no different, it takes time, practice, and patience. Don't rush out and try to accomplish a trick you see your hero do on TV, you may not survive it.
Gregg Hall is an author living in Navarre Florida. Find more about this as well as Performance Underwear Plus at http://www.performanceunderwearplus.com