Why We Love Dangerous Sports

Dave.Ferguson Dave Ferguson

Dangerous, deadly and extreme sport offers the possibility of death or injury but, nevertheless, usually has the ability to attract a large audience.

The greater the risk, the larger the crowd. Extreme injury in sport and untimeliness of death are often overlooked beyond the enjoyment of the fans.

Armchair athletes, onlookers and even movie-goers enjoy watching others endure the blood, sweat, and tears of extreme competition. But for the thrill of individual competition or a sense of team accomplishment and a desire to do their very best, does the risk to the athlete outweigh the entertainment value?

A dangerous sport has the potential risk of being deadly, but the incidents of actual death are few and far between.A dangerous sport could be defined as participation in an activity that can cause physical and emotional damage, from mild to extreme, where there is a minor risk of a fatal injury.

A deadly sport, on the other hand, will be one that has a high risk of death each and every time the athlete chooses to participate.

From an athlete’s perspective, what is it that makes a person push themselves beyond the limits while the rest of us are sitting comfortably on our couch? Interestingly, football was once considered to be a highly ranked deadly sport, but in comparison now to others, has been downgraded to the dangerous category.

Hal Marcovitz , a veteran journalist, has asked the same questions about the public’s passion for dangerous and extreme sports and will join us to engage our listeners in the following discussion:

  • What do death defying sports and those who participate in them have in common?
  • Heart-pounding, hoof-beating, adrenalin-pumping: Do you have to be crazy to run in front of a 1,500-pound bull?
  • Why are we just now becoming more aware of the dangers of contact sports?

The motivation seems to stem from being highly competitive and achieving a goal. Extreme athletes live to challenge their own abilities and potential and receive a sense of satisfaction in facing their greatest fears. Feeling a sense of satisfaction to have conquered and survived is what many find outweigh the risks.

Someone participating in dangerous sport enjoys the thrill of discovery. They feel an adrenaline rush or other sensations when they experience extreme performance.

Dangerous, deadly or extreme sport doesn’t appeal to the masses, however there are a significant number of people who find these activities an important means to fulfillment. High risk activities contribute to the diversity of our culture and motivate fans and spectators to gather in droves to cheer, watch and salivate when athletes put themselves at life threatening risk.

Real sports like NFL football, NASCAR, boxing and bullfighting have dramatically altered spectator sport while some nonconformists are fighting for a complete ban. Would we love these sports as much if we knew that no one participating would ever become injured, suffer an early traumatic death or have to deal with the life-altering effects of a concussion?

The popular movie and book series, “The Hunger Games”, where the chosen publicly fight to death, thrilled audiences worldwide. Despite being fiction there was no shock and awe amongst viewers.

We are joined by Hal Marcovitz LIVE at BEYONDtheCheers on blogtalkradio on Wednesday, August 20th at 7PM EST. You can also listen each Friday at NOON to our repeat broadcast on AMFM247 or listen anytime on iHeart Radio or iTunes on demand and at Stitcher.com. Dial-in TOLL FREE 1-877-357-2448 in Canada and United States to ask a question, or email our guest in advance.

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