Sensation Seeking and Participation in Physical Risk Sports

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    Abstract

    This chapter reviews the contribution of the Sensation Seeking (SS) trait to the specific area of sports and related research work. One implication of the SS construct in the context of sports is that the particular sport discipline one is more likely to participate in may be based on whether one is high or low on the SS trait. Sports like climbing, parachuting, speleology or white water kayaking, where subjects have to struggle with the strong forces of nature fit into this classification. Medium physical risk sports are those with a higher probability of being injured than encountering death, the arena where the sport takes place is limited and the environment is static. When individuals who participate in high-risk sports are compared with controls, the general tendency is still maintained with high significant scores in Thrill and Adventure Seeking (TAS), Experience Seeking (ES) and total scale, and even TAS-OUT. © 2004 Elsevier Ltd All rights reserved.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationOn the Psychobiology of Personality: Essays in Honor of Marvin Zuckerman
    Pages185-201
    Number of pages16
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2004

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