Extreme sports, yes, but surely
Parachute diving, canoeing down a mighty river or jumping off a bridge with a minimal connection may seem”crazy”, but with the appropriate safety measures, they become exciting activities that combine entertainment with intense and demanding physical activity.
Extreme sports always and in all circumstances involve a certain level of danger. When choosing one of them, it is essential to choose the one that suits the personal characteristics and the degree of physical and mental preparation of each athlete. The first safety measure is to accommodate the level of complexity and danger to personal skills, always recognizing one’s own restrictions under all circumstances.
Other precise measures to practice your favorite sport with each and every one of the guarantees are:
- Adequate preparation. Basic theoretical knowledge and previous training are essential for safe practice.
- Equipment and material suitable for each case and in perfect condition. Shoes, helmets, protections? are indispensable.
- Prudence that avoids overconfidence. Playing dangerous sports is not at odds with your feet on the ground.
- To have sports insurance that covers any possible unforeseeable event or accident that you may suffer.
The most risky sports
Not every sport involves exactly the same degree of danger. Among those considered extreme and not capable for everyone are the following:
- Skydiving and paragliding. Parachuting from an airplane or from a hill, with aerodynamic handling of a glider, is not easy and requires concrete preparation and long hours of prior training.
- Rafting. It is one of the most popular dangerous sports in recent times. It consists of descending a river by raft or canoe and letting yourself be carried away by the current and having enough skill to overcome the different obstacles: rocks, jumps, whirlpools?
- Climbing and abseiling. There are different varieties of mountain climbing and descent, from the easiest to rock or ice climbing. It is one of the most dangerous adventure sports and requires maximum concentration, strength and balance on the part of those who practice it.
- Bungee jumping and bungee jumping. Absolute adrenaline rush and only for the bravest and best prepared.
- Extreme skiing. Among the winter sports, extreme skiing, practiced off-piste on the wildest peaks is one of the most dangerous and one that requires perfect preparation.
In addition to these sports there are many others, most of them related to the enjoyment of nature, which, without being extreme, could also be considered hazardous activities. For example, hiking and trekking, traditional skiing, surfing and windsurfing, mountain or road biking, diving or even something as common as running.
All these activities, from the outset, do not pose an obvious risk, but they are also not free of approximately serious accidents. Unforeseen situations, falls, bruises? can cause multiple injuries that will undoubtedly require prompt medical attention.
First and foremost, prevention
Many unpredictable situations can arise at any moment, and having a sports insurance policy that covers the different contingencies quickly and efficiently is more than essential. Imagine a fall by bicycle, a running race or while skiing, perhaps away from home? transfers to the health centre, health care, rehabilitation? a tailor-made sports and adventure insurance is an alternative to take into consideration to practice your favourite sport more calmly, especially if you do it far from your home.
Before taking out insurance of this kind, find out about the different possibilities available to you so that you really have the possibilities you need. To give you an example, to enjoy all the insurance coverage that Intermundial offers to those who enjoy activities such as running, hiking or cycling, you must be at a distance of twenty kilometres from your frequent home (fifteen kilometres in the case of the Canary Islands and the Balearic Islands). In the event of an accident occurring at a shorter distance, you will receive initial emergency assistance which, depending on the case, will consist of stabilisation and/or transfer to the nearest health centre.
If you play sports that are approximately dangerous, among the precautionary measures you should consider, don’t forget to include a sports insurance policy that will solve any difficult situation.