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An exploratory study of extreme sport athlete's nature interactions: from well-being to pro-environmental behavior

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Show simple item record MacIntyre, Tadhg E. Walkin, Andree M. Beckmann, Jürgen Calogiuri, Giovanna Gritzka, Susan Oliver, Greig Donnelly, Aoife A. Warrington, Giles D. 2019-06-11T10:33:00Z 2019-06-11T10:33:00Z 2019
dc.description peer-reviewed en_US
dc.description.abstract Traditionally, perceptions about extreme sport athletes being disconnected from nature and a risk-taking population have permeated the research literature. Drawing upon theoretical perspectives from environmental, sport, organizational and positive psychology, this qualitative study attempts to explore the lived experiences of four male and four female extreme sport athletes. The purpose of this study was to gain insight and understanding into the individuals’ attitudes toward the benefits of extreme sport activities for well-being, resilience and pro-environmental behavior. Eight participants (Mean age = 40.5 years; SD = 12.9) provided written informed consent to partake in semi-structured interviews. Each athlete provided written consented to allow the publication of their identifiable data and in order to facilitate sharing of their autobiographical account of their experiences. After conducting thematic analysis, meta-themes that emerged from the analyses were as follows: (a) early childhood experiences, (b) the challenge of the outdoors, (c) their emotional response to nature, (d) nature for coping, (e) restorative spaces, and (f) environmental concern. The findings convey great commonalities across the participants with regard to their mindset, their emotional well-being as well as their connectivity with nature and attitudes toward the natural environment. The cognitive-affective-social-behavioral linkage of the benefits of extreme sport participation for well-being, psychological recovery and proenvironmental behavior are highlighted. This study examining the lived experiences of extreme sportspeople provides a novel contribution to our contemporary understanding of extreme athletes’ relationship to nature and its commensurate impact upon well-being and pro-environmental attitudes. The findings suggest that extreme sport participation, while inherently risky has psychological benefits ranging from evoking positive emotions, developing resilience and life coping skills to cultivating strong affinity to and connection with nature and the natural environment. en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher Froniters Media en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries Frontiers in Psychology;10 1233
dc.subject nature connectedness en_US
dc.subject extreme sport en_US
dc.subject well-being en_US
dc.subject resilience en_US
dc.subject green exercise en_US
dc.subject blue exercise en_US
dc.subject restorative space en_US
dc.subject emotion–mood en_US
dc.title An exploratory study of extreme sport athlete's nature interactions: from well-being to pro-environmental behavior en_US
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/article en_US
dc.type.supercollection all_ul_research en_US
dc.type.supercollection ul_published_reviewed en_US
dc.identifier.doi 10.3389/fpsyg.2019.01233
dc.contributor.sponsor Waterways Ireland Heritage en_US
dc.contributor.sponsor PESS en_US
dc.rights.accessrights info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess en_US

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