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Extreme sports as a facilitator of ecocentricity and positive life changes

Brymer, Eric (2009) Extreme sports as a facilitator of ecocentricity and positive life changes. World Leisure Journal, 51(1), pp. 47-53.

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Abstract

Extreme sports and extreme sports participants have been most commonly explored from a negative perspective, for example the 'need to take unnecessary risks'. This study reports on findings that indicate a more positive experience. A phenomenological method was used via unstructured interviews with 15 extreme sports participants and other first hand accounts. The extreme sports included B.A.S.E. jumping, big wave surfing, extreme skiing, waterfall kayaking, extreme mountaineering and solo rope-free climbing. Results indicate that participating in activities that involve a real chance of death, fear and the realisation that nature in its extreme is far greater and more powerful than humanity triggers positive life changes, and an eco-centric standpoint.

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ID Code: 25916
Item Type: Journal Article
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Keywords: Nature, Death, Eco-centricity, Humility, Courage, Extreme sports, Risk-taking
ISSN: 1607-8055
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000) > COMMERCIAL SERVICES (150400) > Sport and Leisure Management (150404)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > Schools > School of Exercise & Nutrition Sciences
Deposited On: 24 Jun 2009 10:19
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 23:55

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