Are extreme sports extreme?
Extreme sports are categorized as such and not as regular sports because they are thrilling. Now, maybe someone can become extremely excited when they see their favorite football team intercept a pass and run for a touch down. This even more so than watching hot dogging for instance but the idea is that there are more possibilities for injury with extreme sports. There are spectator extreme sports and individual activity sports such as bungee jumping. Yes, extreme sports are extreme not just because of the thrill they give but because they are generally more dangerous than regular sports.
This category of sport is relatively new to the scene. It was sometime in the eighties that someone came up with this name for sports that were out the realm of the more established sports. After this was done more and more sports were added to this classification. They caught on in popularity and even began to be televised on mainstream television. They even came up with the idea of an Olympics for extreme sports. Now this is watched by some but it hasn't been elevated to the same level of prestige as the established "Olympic Games" that are televised world wide and are watched by roughly one fifth of all people living on the planet. Whether this category of sports will ever become nearly that popular remains to be seen but extreme sports have caught on among young people and young people are our future.
Some examples of extreme sports include hot dogging (snow skiing off a ramp and performing flips), skateboarding on a U shaped course, bungee jumping, base jumping etc. Most people that like sports follow their favorite team. This team is usually is from their area. An extreme sport doesn't consist of teams. If there were more extreme sports that involved teams and leagues the popularity would soar.
Of course with extreme sports equipment is needed so this is a whole new market. Prices for this equipment are high. With regular sports such as basketball, baseball, football etc. a whole team must be equipped. Not so with extreme sports which is an individual sport for the most part. This is why the equipment can be expensive. So, if you are thinking of participating in an extreme sport make sure you purchase the proper equipment and don't forget the padding and possibly upgrading your insurance policy.
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