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To the Extreme (Grade 10)

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To the Extreme

To the Extreme

When you think about sports, you may picture an inning of baseball, a round of golf, or a quarter of basketball. You may imagine green fields with goals, stadiums full of yelling fans, or a ball being kicked, thrown, hit, or dribbled in one direction or another.

So, what does a person plunging out of an airplane, climbing a sheer cliff side, or jumping off a bridge with just an over=sized rubber band have to do with sports? They are played by extreme sports fans, also known as adrenaline junkies. These people thrill in pushing their bodies, skills, gear and courage to the breaking point. When they do so, they experience an adrenaline rush, releasing endorphins in the brain, and creating a happy—even euphoric—feeling. It is possible to get addicted to this experience and as time goes on, to escalate the intensity of the sport in order to ramp up the adrenaline.

Extreme sports feature a number of beneficial side effects. The high physical demand typically results in good exercise and quick weight loss. Those that excel at a particular facet of this field can participate in national and even international competitions and end up getting media attention. An "extreme sport athlete" is commonly treated as cool, daring, and even glamorous by their friends and coworkers.

Participating in this type of sports requires courage—and often a significant amount of money. First, there is the training to learn the skill sets and certificates required to participate in the sports, and second, there is the cost of equipment and the travel costs to go where the athletes can perform their sport. Finally, there is the greatest cost of all: life. An adrenaline rush requires an element of danger, and that danger can turn fatal. Without the proper lessons, experience, equipment, and caution, extreme sport athletes can die, paying the highest penalty possible.
1. 
What two things is this passage comparing?
  1. The popularity of traditional sports versus extreme sports
  2. The benefits and drawbacks involved in extreme sports.
  3. The physical and emotional effects of playing sports.
  4. The cost of training for traditional sports versus extreme.
2. 
Which statement about extreme sports athletes is the most accurate?
  1. They are more skilled than traditional athletes.
  2. They are more popular than traditional athletes.
  3. They take bigger risks than traditional athletes.
  4. They make more money than traditional athletes.
3. 
What is a primary reason a person decides to get involved in an extreme sport?
  1. To set a new world record
  2. To experience an adrenalin rush
  3. To reduce overall costs of equipment
  4. To lose weight as fast as possible
4. 
Endorphins released in the brain result in a person feeling little to no pain.
  1. True
  2. False
5. 
Extreme sports athletes need a great deal of courage and time, as well as                 .

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