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Extreme Sports in Low Gravity Environments

It goes without saying that humans love to watch the X-games on TV – those extreme sport athletes on skateboards, bungees, motorcycles, parachutes, stunt planes, and what not. Often we see these dare devils as Red Bull addicted thrill seekers with a death wish, who knows maybe some are. Yes, they are adrenaline junkies if there ever was such a thing. Of course, all these extreme sports are done here on Earth, but in the future, extreme sports will follow humankind as he boldly goes to other worlds as well.

Science fiction writer Ben Bova once described sporting events that might be played on an asteroid, and even Carl Sagan made some comments about extreme sports being played on asteroids. Consider if you will a human attached to a giant bungee cord running across a spinning asteroid and jumping as far and as hard as he could to escape it’s small Gravity Dwell (escape velocity), and then floating in space behind the asteroid until the bungee cord stretched out and pulled him back?

But extreme sports on asteroids are not the only types of extreme sports which will be conquered in the future. On Mars there are very deep canyons, and I can imagine people running and jumping off the side of those canyons with some sort of device to slow down their fall. One of the canyons on Mars is so deep it goes for nearly 20 miles. We don’t have any canyons on Earth that are that deep, not even close. So you can imagine what an extremist sporting event that would be – the ultimate B.A.S.E. jump indeed.

The moon also has holes on it, and giant tubes created by lava hundreds of millions of years ago. Surely humans will wish to do a little rock climbing, bungee jumping, and other extreme endeavors there. Further, there will be orbiting space hotels and colonies as well, and in zero gravity there are all kinds of fun things humans can do in the way of sports. And as you know humans will always find a way to entertain themselves, so you can bet they will try.

Now then, I imagine that’s humans will videotape all their adventures, and place these videos on their Facebook pages, and allow people to download their expeditions, and extreme jumps into Virtual Reality Holographic living room gaming devices. This way people at home will be able to enjoy the exact same experience here on Earth that other humans are enjoying on the Moon, Mars, asteroids, and orbiting space stations. Indeed I hope you will please consider all this and think on it.

Protective Gears in Extreme Sports

Extreme sports are sports filled with fun and adventure. When you are out playing a specific type of extreme sport, you feel the intense adrenaline rush and the loud beat of your heart. Every inch of you is getting weak especially when it is your first time to play the game. You will be facing pressure and most of all expectations from the one who supports and believes in you and most especially to those who are watching you. This is the real scenario when you are still a beginner on a certain type of extreme sport.

You will definitely learn to love the chosen extreme sport once you already got a hang of it. It will already be easy for you to do stunts and tricks and you will no longer feel weak every time you step out of the arena or the field where the sport is being played. The main key in order for you to become and feel like a professional is constant practice. Practice makes everything perfect. Though there is no such thing as perfect but at least you are close to achieving a smooth and beautiful performance. When the audience sees every move that you make, they will really be amazed and stunned like they were hit by zap stun guns.

It is not only constant practice that should be done when planning to play a certain type of extreme sport such as snowboarding, skateboarding, biking, mountain climbing and a whole lot more but there should also be dedication and perseverance. In almost any aspect of life, determination and perseverance is applied. Remember that there are challenges that we need to go through and when we are learning a certain type of extreme sport, we need to be determined and persevere despite of the accidents and failures in order for us to learn the fundamentals and become a pro.

From the name itself, extreme which means it has been taken beyond the limits. When we hear the word we think about how dangerous it can possibly be. It really is dangerous and it requires every player to wear protective gears to prevent possible injuries.

Helmet is a protective gear that keeps the head protected as the player plays the game. There are some who do not wear this due to the fact that they feel uncomfortable and that it ruins their appearance. Helmets are like tazer holsters. They give protection and keep the head safe from accidents.

Another protective gear is knee pads or elbow pads. Since the knees and elbows are most common areas of injury, it is a must that players of extreme sports wear such to protect their knees and elbows. If the elbows and knees are not protected, it may lead to paralysis or severe bone injuries when the player is caught in an accident.

The clothes you wear while playing the sport can also protect you. Say for example in snowboarding, players needs to wear water proof jackets to keep them from freezing. Light clothes are important to wear in order for the player to move freely, feel comfortable and for the player to do his stunts effectively.

Eye wear like goggles and sunglasses are important too as this protects your eyes against any flying debris. Like in mountain biking, you need to protect your eyes so that you can have a clear visualization of the field or in the road.

Once you are playing an extreme sport, you need to focus well and think of nothing else but the game. This is your only chance of succeeding in every sport. And your only chance to be a professional.

The Odds of Dying in a Bungee Jump Accident

An Introduction to Bungee Jumping

Bungee jumping is one of the most extreme sports that people take part in worldwide. The first attempt at this extreme sport was in 1979 when a ‘dangerous sports’ team from England devised the bungee device that is still in use today. The first bungee jump was made successfully from the Clifton Suspension Bridge.

In 1986 a man named A.J. Hackett did his first jump in New Zealand. He went on to jump off a number of important buildings including the Eiffel Tower in Paris. Not long after this, bungee jumping really came into its own as an extreme sport and is now a popular activity throughout the world for extreme sports lovers. But how safe really is it? And what are the odds of dying in a bungee jumping accident?

Bungee Cords

Due to the high risk element associated with the sport, chemists and physicists are constantly striving to make improvements in the make up of bungee cord. The bungee cord that is used today is predominantly made up of rubber and synthetic materials. When creating the equipment, the height and weight of different people are taken into account in order to ensure survival. Different cords are used for different weighted people to ensure maximum safety. It is up to scientists to make sure they use a medium between flexible and stiff in order to let the extreme sportsman enjoy the sport and keep him alive.

Safety

Before even thinking about doing a bungee jump 99.9{2600bb5000767e7f535dbb4f9a32a4d74f11661f52e422f4f3af0537c248cf23} of people will want to be completely assured that they will be safe from harm. Statistics show that there is only a two in one million chance of dying from this sport, making it pretty safe especially when compared to other extreme sports like scuba diving and rock climbing. Adding to this, it may (or may not) be reassuring to know that almost all accidents that have happened have not occurred due to the actual bungee, but due to the operators not attaching the cord to the person or the building correctly. The producers of bungee cords are more than efficient at their job.

Perceptions

When compared to other sports it is not uncommon for many people to believe bungee jumping is more dangerous. Take sky diving for instance – due to the high numbers of ‘ordinary’ people that take part in this sport, many people believe it is relatively safe. It is a generally safe sport but when compared to bungee jumping the odds of dying are much higher. The same can be said for parachute jumping and scuba diving. If you’ve thought about doing a bungee jump, why not research it further? The odds of dying are very small!

Are They Considered and Extreme Sport?

So what is it exactly that defines an extreme sport? For one thing it has to be the opposite of what is accepted as culturally acceptable. That is, “enjoy the sport but for goodness sake be safe doing it!” There are contrarian views about the use of jumping stilts and ‘powerbocking’ as it is known, as to what level of extreme this is.

There are many sports that can be deemed high energy and injury prone. American football, rugby even cycling can provide its fair share of injuries. But it’s not considered ‘extreme’. Why on earth not when the sports people taking part can pick up an injury accidentally or even let’s face it, pre-meditated. Perhaps it’s because it does not include extreme speed, height, an array of stunts and a dose of specialized gear to participate. Another defining factor could be that most extreme sports are carried out by individuals rather than teams. An exception to this could be white water rafting which normally involves a team of people (more and more lately groups of corporates attempting to team build, but that’s another article!). Jumping stilts are definitely an individual sport but of course are generally enjoyed by groups of participating guys and girls as a form of combined fitness and sport regime.

So where does Jumping Stilts or ‘Powerbocking’ rate in this arena. Interestingly until recently it didn’t. It’s a subjective matter and without any really defining extreme sports body or association to make the rules, it will remain subjective. Of course jumping stilts or Powerbocking does allow you to run at speed, jump heights, do stunts and requires specialized equipment, so a number of the ‘extreme’ criteria are fulfilled with this sport.

The one that can be controlled by the person on the jumping stilts of course are the performing conditions i.e. the type of surface, and the choice to perform or not in adverse weather conditions. With these last two controllable elements, the ‘extreme’ part of using jumping stilts makes them a ‘safer’ form of extreme sports.

What do I mean by controllable. Well the big one of course is the weather. If you are snowboarding and you get dumped on by a snow storm and then the possibility of an avalanche, the performing conditions have changed and the choice to perform or not is elementary if you’re up a mountain when it happens! So in this case, extreme means exactly what it says on the tin! With jumping stilts, the powerbocker can choose the surface to perform on minute by minute whether that is a flat hard standing of concrete or grass, a road, a yard etc., you get my drift. If it rains or turns icy then the choice to continue using your jumping stilts or not can be made under less stressful conditions and without any life threatening issues.