We’ve all heard of “extreme” sports. After all, it’s hard to turn on and see www.direct.tv during a Saturday afternoon and not see one of the many sports that fall into that category. Some of those sports might look normal, but they’re not. Extreme sports have developed into a culture all their own.
So what get the “extreme” label when it comes to sports?
Basically, any sport that’s outside of the ones we consider to be “normal,” such as basketball and football. Extreme sports include things such as base jumping, which is a free-fall from an inanimate object (wearing a parachute of course). Participants in this sport have been seen jumping off cliffs and even towering office buildings.Sky surfing, street luge, and Motocross are just a few other sports that fall into the “extreme” category.
The world of extreme sports generally has more youthful participants than any other sport. The age demographic ranges from 16-30, but there have been older participants in some events. The X-Games are a great showcase of many extreme sports, as they have skateboarding, motocross, and BMX, just to name a few.
Extreme sports are known well for the intensity they possess. Speed, physical stamina/exertion, stunts/tricks, and, of course, danger, are what fans have come to expect from those who participate in these sporting events. Many of the extreme sports participatns also participate in “reagular” sports. A great example is Shaun White, who snowboards and skateboards in both regular and extreme events.