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Extreme Sport
Extreme sport

(alternatively known as lifestyle sport, new sport, whiz sport)

There is now a body of academic literature examining the ‘phenomena’ of what have been variously termed ‘extreme’, ‘alternative’, ‘lifestyle’, ‘whiz’, ‘panic’, ‘action’ and ‘new’ sports. These labels encompass a wide range of participatory and made-for-television sporting activities, including residual cultural forms such as surfing and emergent activities such as kite-surfing and BMX biking. While these labels are used synonymously by some commentators, there are differences which signal distinct emphases or expressions of the activities (see Rinehart, 2000). For example, alternative sport includes activities such as residual folk games, that are neither extreme (see Rinehart, 1998, 2000) nor can they be considered lifestyle sports. The term ‘extreme sport’ has been enthusiastically adopted by the ...

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