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Why extreme sports? Some people play sports because they find it fun. Others pursue sports because it is their career and it helps them earn money and bring food to the table. However, both these motivational aspects do not apply to extreme sports. Anyone who has watched dirt racing or sports involving motorbike stunts will admit that it cannot, technically speaking, called fun.
There is too high element of risk and danger involved. Of course, people wear protective equipment but there is a general consensus that only skill and the on-spot performance will help the individual avoid accidents. If the person loses control of the bike or the skateboard, a grievous injury is unavoidable. Fun is nice but most people avoid fun that poses a threat to limb and life. So, why extreme sports?
Is it the money? Well, there are easier ways to earn the same amount that one earns by participating in professional extreme sport competitions. If a person is hell bent on earning money through sports, there are numerous opportunities like professional baseball and tennis or football which will help the person earn the same amount of money, fame and reputation without risking life.
The answer lies in the psychology of the individual. Those who love extreme sports participate in it not for money or name but because it gives them a thrill which is just not present in any other activity. This is why professional extreme sports athletes move from one extreme sport to another during the off-season without any regard for other factors. Extreme sports happened to be the rawest form of courage and skill.