AirTalk for January 2, 2014

What drives adrenaline junkies such as Michael Schumacher to chase danger?

F1 Grand Prix of Brazil - Qualifying

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Michael Schumacher of Germany and Mercedes GP prepares to drive during the final practice session prior to qualifying for the Brazilian Formula One Grand Prix in November 2012.

One racing champion Michael Schumacher is still comatose after a skiing accident in the French Alps last Sunday. Although he was wearing a helmet and reportedly didn't take great risks on the slopes, he hit his head on a rock and suffered a brain injury.

The seven-time world champion in F1 racing is no stranger to risk. His other hobbies including skydiving, speed bikes, and horseback riding. "What I love with those things is finding the limit, being on the limit and still controlling it. Just to find this fine edge is something I have always liked," he said in an interview last year.

What's your risky sport of choice? How does danger factor into your fun? How do you measure risk? And how much enjoyment do you get from being scared?


Dr. Christopher Van Tilburg, MD, Author, “Adrenaline Junkies Bucket List: 100 Extreme Outdoor Adventures Before You Die” (St. Martins, 2013); practicing physician in mountain, occupational and emergency medicine


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