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Sensation seeking in males involved in recreational high risk sports

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Author(s): M Guszkowska | A Bołdak

Journal: Biology of Sport
ISSN 0860-021X

Volume: 27;
Issue: 3;
Start page: 157;
Date: 2010;
Original page

Keywords: sensation seeking | high risk sports | men

ABSTRACT
The study examined sensation seeking intensity level in males involved in recreational high risk sports and investigated whether its level depends on type of sport practised. Additionally, in case of parachutists, sport experience of study participants were scrutinised with regard to its possible impact on the level of sensation seeking.The research involved 217 males aged 17 to 45, practising recreational high risk sports, namely: parachuting (n=98); wakeboarding (n=30); snowboarding (n=30); scuba diving (n=22); alpinism (n=20); paragliding (n=17). The control group included 54 men not involved in sports. Polish version of Sensation Seeking Scale (SSS-IV) of Zuckerman was applied.Results show, that high risk sports males are featured by stronger need of sensations in comparison to control group and this concerned all but one aspect of sensation seeking variable. The only exception was the need of intellectual stimulation. Except from the thrill and adventure seeking dimension, type of sport may also be an important determinant of sensation seeking. Men practising snowboard and wakeboard presented stronger need for sensations, especially in the dimension of experience seeking, disinhibition and boredom susceptibility. Sport experience (number of jumps in parachuting) did not differentiate the level of sensation seeking among investigated parachutists. Population of sport high risk male takers was not homogeneous, and therefore in future research one should analyse specific sports (or events in a certain sport) separately.

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