Sport participation, risk taking, and health risk behaviors.

  title={Sport participation, risk taking, and health risk behaviors.},
  author={Dilip R Patel and Eugene F Luckstead},
  journal={Adolescent medicine},
  volume={11 1},
Adolescents participate in sports for a variety of reasons. Some seem to enjoy participating in what some might consider very-high-risk or "extreme" sports activities. For some adolescents risk taking becomes pervasive and can be detrimental to normal health and development. The majority of adolescents will do well in the context of athletics, and the many positive benefits of regular physical activity and sports participation should be appropriately emphasized. However, a subset of adolescents… CONTINUE READING