Safety tips for extreme sporting

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Many thrill seekers who enjoy extreme sports such as ski jumping, ice climbing, and downhill ski racing get an adrenaline rush from these activities. It’s these activities that keep their blood pumping and their hearts beating faster. Many adrenaline junkies live for the chase, trying to exceed their own expectations and limitations. However, if not careful, they could head into a downward spiral of danger. There are always risks involved and a high possibility of injury.

 

Protect your body

 

It’s extremely important to wear a helmet, no matter which extreme sport you decide to participate in. Wear protective padding such as knee pads, elbow pads and wrist pads. Ensuring you have protective gear and equipment is the first requirement of any sport. Whether it be goggles or gloves, all protective gear is designed for a specific reason. The protective accessory for your sport of choice has a purpose that makes it essential to wear. Ensure the gear is in solid working condition. If there is serious wear and tear on your gear it will be ineffective to do what it’s designed for. As you learn you will gradually build up your skill level and with it may come a lot of falls. These falls could lead to serious injury, therefore it’s important to wear safety gear at all times and it’s at this point when you might realise you’re lucky to have hospital cover.

 

Know what your capabilities are

 

Not everyone is capable of participating in extreme sports. Some of these individuals are professionals who have years of experience in their field. A newcomer should be very aware of their capabilities. Despite some of the sports seeming easy, it’s important to complete your training with a coach in the field. Stunts are dangerous and can cause serious injury if no proper training methods are set in place. A common way to get hurt is trying to perform something that is beyond your ability.

 

Pay Attention

 

In the midst of game play, while the adrenaline is pumping, it can be difficult to filter out the warning signs your body is giving you. Pay close attention to the first signs of pain or exhaustion. When you feel your body screaming from agony it’s best to stop and rest. Settle down, get your heart rate back to normal and drink the recommended amount of water to avoid dehydration. If you allow your adrenaline to overcome your good judgement you may find yourself in a much worse position when ignoring pain or delaying help.