What is it about?

This exploratory study interviewed extreme sport participants to identify their motivation factors. The traditional physical activity and leisure motivation factors were mastery, enjoyment, psychological condition, physical condition, affiliation, others’ expectations, competition/ego and two new motivations, i.e., catharsis and vertigo.

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Why is it important?

Extreme sport participation continues to increase so the understanding of extreme sport participants motivation will assist leisure and sport researchers and managers to better understand what makes extreme sport unique and how to focus their promotion efforts.


Working with the co-authors helped me to better understand physical activity and leisure motivation research. The identification of catharsis and vertigo as two new motivations for extreme sport open up more opportunities to better understand how we may design experiences to increase participation in other forms of physical activity and leisure.

Dr John R Tower
Victoria University

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This page is a summary of: An exploratory study of motives for participation in extreme sports and physical activity, Journal of Leisure Research, July 2019, Taylor & Francis,
DOI: 10.1080/00222216.2019.1627175.
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