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A phenomenological investigation of the experience of taking part in 'Extreme Sports'

Willig, C. (2008). A phenomenological investigation of the experience of taking part in 'Extreme Sports'. Journal of Health Psychology, 13(5), pp. 690-702. doi: 10.1177/1359105307082459


This article is concerned with what it may mean to individuals to engage in practices that are physically challenging and risky. The article questions the assumptions that psychological health is commensurate with maintaining physical safety, and that risking one's health and physical safety is necessarily a sign of psychopathology. The research was based upon semi-structured interviews with eight extreme sport practitioners. The interviews were analysed using Colaizzi's version of the phenomenological method. The article explicates the themes identified in the analysis, and discusses their implications for health psychology theory and practice.

Publication Type: Article
Additional Information: Copyright Sage 2008
Publisher Keywords: extreme/dangerous sport, `flow', phenomenological method, risk
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Departments: School of Health & Psychological Sciences > Psychology
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