Extreme sports take know-how and caution. It’s a rush for hobbyists and professional athletes, but it’s risky if you’re not careful. The proper safety precautions are a must to make the fun activities safer for everyone.

Don’t try this at home. The Olympics and the X Games have embraced extreme sports, broadcasting extreme sporting events all over the world. The audience watches athletes in awe and wonder as they jump through the air, flip, lunge, and dive with ease. Children and young adults rarely see how much practice goes into each athlete’s performance. Trying extreme sports tricks at home without a coach is dangerous.

Analysts link extreme sports to millions of injuries. More than 40,000 neck and head injuries occur every year. With young children moving 40 to 60 mph in skiing, and other sporting events, the number of injured amateurs is increasing. Most novices don’t realise that they can’t do the stunts that they see on television and the internet.

Condition the body to handle the rugged, intense extreme sporting activity. Lifting weights, stretching, and high-intensity interval training will help to give recreational participants, and professionals, full-body workouts that will increase strength, endurance, and flexibility. Even light exercise before taking part will help to protect the body from injury.

Buddy up. Skiing, snowboarding, and cliff jumping are solo activities, but always bring someone with you when taking part in extreme sports. An extra person will be available to help you if you need it. Plus, pushing boundaries is more fun when someone’s there to share it with you.

Wear the proper gear. Most extreme sports have safety gear to protect the athlete, such as padding, helmets, and goggles. These items are designed to be light and aerodynamic. They give protection while helping the athlete to stay comfortable when performing challenging, high-speed activities.