EXTREM SPORT, A QUALITATIVE RESEARCH
The purpose of this study was to try to grow the understanding of the meanings and motivations
associated with involvement in extreme sport. Since extreme sport is a relatively recent phenomenon, not so
many psychological research in this area has been carried out. The sample of participants was composed of
six athletes participated in two extreme sports.
We adopted qualitative research methodologies in order to access meanings and motivations
associated with extreme sports. Conclusions: participants in extreme sport are searching more than thrills
and excitement, it is a deliberate and self-conscious approach to the activity, making informed choices rather
than simply acting out unresolved conflicts or implementing distorted cognition.