When you stop to think about it, humans do very strange things. They hake risks everyday like going to amusement parts to ride machines that turn upside down and inside out, they skydive and do other crazy activities. One fast growing sport is bungee jumping. Why do nutty sports continue to grow in society? Bungee jumping can be an extremely dangerous sport, but it is safe when the right precautions are taken. What sort of personalities do people have to get involved in such a spot, and what is required to take the jump?

Spontaneous, got to have fun, outgoing personalities are the kind of people that have the guts to jump of a platform. They love to play hard, they are highly competitive and they always bite on a dare. They are extremely social, and are always open to new things. They are mischievous. (web) Bungee jumping is such an extreme sport that it is hard for some people to understand how it even got started. There are a few different stories as to how it all started, but the most believed and most talked about is the vine jumpers of Pete cost Island in Vanuatu in the Pacific Ocean. It was understood to them to be both a rite of passage into manhood, and a fertility rite performed to ensure a good yam harvest. (web) These indigenous people have jumped off of bamboo towers with vines tied to their legs for thousands of years.

England's Oxford Dangerous Sport Club started the modern version of the sport on April 1, 1978 from the Clifton Suspension Bridge in England, but jumping of the public did not come about until 1988 in the United States and in New Zealand. (web) Bungee jumping does not require much physical requirements. It requires more mental capacity. Any person over the age of fourteen, (unless given permission) under the age of fifty, (unless a medical certificate is given) and is physically fit, is allowed to bungee jump. However, a person that is expecting a baby, has high blood pressure, or has any heart problems is advised not to jump. If these problems are avoided while jumping the only injury could be a blood vessel rupture of the eye. It is said to be painful but in most cases it will clear up within a few days.

Other precautions that should be taken besides meeting the physical requirements are: trusting your bungee master, testing the equipment before hand, making sure the bungee site is clear, and making sure to have first aid available in case an accident occurs. (web) If you are physically fit to take the big jump you are required to where the proper equipment. This includes cords and harnesses. Most bungee jumping cords are made from natural rubber and stretch two to four times its original length. A bungee jumper uses two types of harnesses. One is a leg harness, which is attached with the cord, and the other is the body harness that is used for a backup. Another piece of equipment is what you are jumping off of.

The bride, platform, or crane is some of the things that are used to jump off of. (web) If adventure is the name of the game, there is nothing more adventurous than getting a high from falling hundreds of feet. Bungee jumping is an extreme mental sport and it involves many precautions and risks, and it could possibly take your life. But if you have got that outgoing wacky personality to do so, it could be the greatest adventure of a lifetime.


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