Tuesday, June 28, 2005

Aging Men Taking To Extreme Sports

MUNCIE, Ind. (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Aging males who feel they’ve got something to prove may be the cause of growing numbers in competitive sports.

That’s the opinion of Dave Haber, the associate director of the John and Janice Fisher Institute for Wellness and Gerontology at Ball State University. He says the growing number of males participating in competitive sports may be doing it because they feel they need to test their athletic abilities.

Haber – who is now 60 – says he was one of them, playing competitive basketball in his 50s, with a lot of trash talking. His nickname was “Social Security.”

But it was when things got rough and he fell on his back that he decided to hang it up for fear he would injure himself permanently.

Since then he’s been interested in how men handle calling it quits with extreme sports as they start to age.

In Haber’s opinion: “I don’t think they’ll want to do daredevil stuff without their reflexes...at least until they get hurt one time.”

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