Risk Taking In Sports

Updated: Sep 22, 2020

"Take those chances and you can achieve greatness, whereas if you go conservative, you'll never know. I truly believe what doesn't kill you makes you stronger. Even if you fail, learning and moving on is sometimes the best thing." - Danica Patrick

Risk taking is defined as engaging in any activity with an uncertain outcome.

From the spectator’s point of view, athletes in extreme sports, like slope style skiing and motorcycle surfing, are risk takers and adrenaline junkies that seem to be reckless and impulsive.

When you dive deeper, you will find that they are risk takers, but they are calculated decision makers and think before they act.

Fear is the emotion that drives ES athletes to take the necessary precautions to reduce the risk of serious injury and death.

Here are tips for risk taking and overcoming fear:

a. Ask yourself why? Know your motivation. If you are doing it for the wrong reasons, your fear will alway overcome your confidence and judgement.

b. Set clear goals and outcomes. Goals give you focus and direction.

c. Understand the level of risk taking you are comfortable with. Also, understand the downsides of taking that risk.

d. Safety is the highest priority. Wear the right protective gear and have the right equipment.

e. Identify your level of ability. If you are a beginner surfer, it isn’t a good decision to surf the biggest waves.

f. Be honest with your emotions. You can’t fake confidence or trick yourself into being confident.

g. Practice and acquire the skills necessary to take bigger risks.

h. Know that you will fail before you can succeed. See each failure a step closer to mastery and success.

i. Trusting your training and trusting your equipment will give you the comfort and confidence needed to take that risk.

j. Surround yourself with people who believe in you and are there to help you succeed.

In the end be strategic in your risk taking.

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