X Games athletes keep pushing the limit
Stunts have become increasingly dangerous as athletes continue to push the limits
A week to the day after his accident at the Winter X Games, Caleb Moore has passed away. It's bringing up concerns about how far athletes go when performing these extreme tricks.
Caleb had been performing in the winter x games for years and like so many athletes he always strived to improve and impress. We asked the experts how far is too far to push yourself and when do the dangers outweigh the rewards.
After flipping his snowmobile at the Winter X Games last week and suffering from bleeding around his heart, Caleb Moore was flown to St. Mary's Hospital. Doctors performed surgery but complications developed around his brain and he passed away.
A statement was released saying “The family wishes to express their deep gratitude for all the prayers and support they have received from all the fans, friends and family around the world that Caleb has inspired. They would also like to thank the physicians and medical staff at both Aspen Valley Hospital and St. Mary’s Hospital, Grand Junction for their care and dedication.”
ESPN announced today it will conduct a thorough review and adopt any appropriate changes to future X Games.
"We live in a day and age where everyone wants to go bigger, better, and badder. They make a name for themselves. These athletes just keep pushing it and they take calculated risks" said Nick Jordan of The Board & Buckle Co.
Jordan says when taking these risks it's also important to take precautions.
"They always, always need to wear a helmet. They need to know what they're doing. They need to start small. Don't just go hit the biggest thing out there" explains Jordan.
But the nature of the sport is changing and Jordan says athletes will continue to push the limits.
Sports Psychologist Dr. Jacob Jones agrees and says athletes are always looking at new ways to inspire themselves and others.
"That in itself of being a pioneer and being the first person to do a triple backflip or whatever that might be. It comes with a lot of notoriety, a lot of fame, in addition to being personally rewarding" explains Jones.
The Moore family says arrangements for a celebration of life are being made and an announcement will be made in the coming days.
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