Catalyst - Extreme Sports Brain, The
To most of us, the idea of anyone willingly jumping off a cliff with a 70 metre drop seems completely insane. So why do extreme sports action seekers do it? Are they special, different, or just plain nuts?
To find out, Dr. Jonica Newby travels to Queenstown, New Zealand – a stronghold of extreme sports – and meets one of their kings – a former aeronautical engineer with a famous namesake, Chuck Berry. The extreme sportsman's physiological resistance to anxiety comes at an insanely high price, according to forensic psychiatrist Dr. Erik Monasterio. For twenty years Erik has been driven to find out what makes some people perform hyper-optimally under stress whereas others tend to collapse under pressure? That question has led him to search out and study the most death defying people he could lay his hands on.
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