Extreme sports are very exciting, especially for those participating in them. Imagine going downhill on a bicycle, going really fast, while also dodging trees, bushes, branches and rocks. That would be very thrilling. Now imagine watching that, watching somebody go so fast. Would you get excited, would you get scared for their lives? You would most certainly watch it. Why is it that people enjoy watching extreme sports so much? Is there something different in extreme sports compared to normal sports? Well, yes, they are extreme, but that is only half of it. Here is why extreme sports are so enjoyable to most people.
Experience What You Cannot
The thing with professional extreme sports athletes is that they are trained to a level which suprasses anybody else except their competitors. What that means is that if you go on a casual snowboard run and do a small jump, there are odds that you might see a professional on the same piste, doing triple backflips. That is the difference, and doing a single backflip with a snowboard takes a lot of effort and lots of danger, but adding two more takes it to a whole new level.
Most people are excited when watching extreme sports because they cannot do it themselves. You see someone doing flips with a motorcycle is amazing, especially when you can’t even drive a motorcycle, especially a manual. Mirror neurons were discovered in the 1980s and 1990s and they are used when doing something, but also when observing something. They are responsible for you feeling sad when watching something sad and feeling a rush when watching someone go really fast down a slope. This is one of the reasons why people enjoy watching extreme sports. Because they can project and feel what the other person might be feeling, even though they are not aware of it most of the time.
It is Simply Enjoyable – Even For Professionals
Extreme sports are entertaining, there’s no two ways about it. Some people get scared, but those people are already scared, so watching extreme sports might not be the best thing for them. Even professionals or those already familiar with extreme sports, having practiced some themselves, have a reaction when watching others.
For example, watching a friend of mine do a handstand on the edge of a building for the first time had my heart racing. I was ready to react at the slightest sign of trouble. He performed perfectly. My reaction was triggered in part because I knew it was his first time doing such a difficult move, and also in part because if I were to do one myself, I would also feel excited. I was already projecting my own feelings while simply watching someone do something I had already done, not five minutes ago. Professionals or otherwise, extreme sports are attractive to most of us.
They are on the Next Level
Football is fun, when you see a great outplay. Basketball is fun, when you see a three pointer from across the court. Golf is fun, when you see a hole in one. Extreme sports are always fun and that’s the gist of it. Because everything is raised to the next level, things are much more enjoyable for the casual viewer.
Extreme sports are fun for everyone, because we love watching people in dire situations, showing us that the limits of the human body and mind are not as narrow as we thought.