The extreme sports participation in the United State has more than tripled in the last thirty years. Rich Gottlieb is one of extreme sport fan and he has been rock and ice climbing in the Adirondack Mountains of New York for 35 years. During those years, he suffers from many injuries. The most recent injury is a collapsed lung and a puncture wound, which caused by an ice-climbing fall. No matter how many injuries he has, he never gives up extreme sports. Why is he fascinated risks or extreme sports? Could extreme sport bring some positive influence on people’s life?
One of the important factors that serve for risk-seeking behavior is adrenaline rush, which could make people excited. Psychologists classify Rich as a sensation-seeker based on how he spends his free time to seek risks in sports. Sensation seeking is defined as negative personality trait, because its purpose is to pursuit of novel and intense experiences regardless of physical, social, legal or financial risk. Actually, scientists have discovered some similarities between the brains of drug users and high sensation-seeking athletes (Konkel, 2009). Such sensation associated with the brain’s pleasure reward system (Bardo, 2007).
After I read this article, there are two things that I come up with. Firstly, participation in extreme sports from time to time may have positive effects on people’s life. It could increase the courage, enrich people’s feelings and free from pressure, which could bring some positive attitudes and help people concentrate on the work. But safety should be ensured. Secondly, I have a question about the relationship between the adrenaline and the mental illness: could adrenaline release depression?