The dangers behind extreme sports are often overemphasized over the benefits one has from practicing them. Especially when that someone is a minor. Extreme sports are all about the thrill, about overcoming your fears and believing in yourself. In our “safety above all” world, I strongly believe that every kid should be given the opportunity to rise upon his parents fears and be the awesomely fearless being they were born to be! For the more hesitant ones amongst you, here are five reasons why you should introduce your kid to extreme sports!
1. Overcoming the mind
Our mind can be both our best friend and worst adversary. By practicing extreme sports, one comes face to face with his minds’ loudest personal safety alarms, yet in order to complete the “task” successfully, one needs to put the mind on the side. This doesn’t mean ignoring all safety rules and putting our life in risk, rather than taming the thoughts that intervene between us and our goal. By allowing your kid to participate in extreme sports, you give him/her the opportunity to come face to face with his fears and doubts and rise above them.
2. Self growth
A child grows by setting goals. The mentality and the focus needed by a child to achieve his/hers goals help to built healthy adolescents and adults later on, who know when and how to push themselves in order to become better in everything they do. Within the extreme sports, a goal can vary from perfecting a skill to winning a competition. The idea though remains the same. The desire and the will of a young extreme athlete to exceed his limits, are what essentially help them grow, both physically and mentally.
3. Being Outdoors
With extreme sports one thing is sure: your kid will always be outside. One more kid practicing extreme sports, is one kid less on the couch virtually practicing a sport. Besides the sun and the fresh, clean air, so many things make the outdoors the perfect place for a kid. Being in touch with mother nature makes a child senses expand and it’s a great natural booster of the kids immune system too!
4. Promoting Diversity
There are no boundaries for who practices what in sports; extreme sports included. It is inevitable, therefore, for a child to not come in contact and meet with other kids from different social and cultural backgrounds. Participation in extreme sports is building character and promoting diversity amongst the youngsters, who eventually grow up to feel equal and one with one another.
5. The fun-hormones awake
Introduce your kid to extreme sports, let him feel that adrenaline rush when he pushes himself beyond his limits, let the endorphins and neurochemicals of flow kick in. It will just remind them they’re alive!
Forget about the dangers, they are part of life’s process; after all, nowadays, any extreme sport can be practiced with significant safety. Just remember that the only thing needed for a kid to practice extreme sports is the same thing needed in parenthood: Trusting yourself.