With the X-Games going on in Aspen right now it only seems appropriate to make it the topic of choice. Last week one of the best in skiing died after a bad crash during practice. Sarah Burke was an inspiration to many females that were up and coming in the sport. The sport changed after her debut with increasing expectations of new tricks, increased height, and overall jump complexity.
Every year there are new expectations that are changing the sport. This is not just skiing and not only in the female realm, it is across the board at the X games. As each year passes, and new tricks were accomplished, the difficulty must increase for the next years participants. This however is making the risk for injury and death increase. Is there a way to control for this, and should there be a max difficulty or list of tricks that are not allowed to do? Is there a way to assess the difficulty, complexity, degree of danger involved in a trick?
If there is an assessment that could be used to control for the increased danger of the sport, the risk would go down however the overall nature of the sport is for everything to become more difficult which makes it a sport that very few can compete in. This level of difficulty is what many find so fascinating and what draws people to it. So is it even within the sport culture to make this assessment of the degree of danger involved? This would be a great question for the individuals involved in the sport to evaluate as well as just help increase the knowledge of individuals around the sport.