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      ‘Leave Your Ego at the Door’: A Narrative Investigation into Effective Wingsuit Flying

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          In recent years there has been a rapid growth in interest in extreme sports. For the most part research has focused on understanding motivations for participation in extreme sports and very little research has attempted to investigate the psychological structure of effective performance. Those few studies that have attempted to explore this issue have tested models designed for traditional sport on adventure sports. However, extreme sports are not the same as adventure sports or traditional sports. This study employed a narrative approach to investigate experiences of effective performance in the extreme sport of proximity wingsuit flying. An overarching theme we labeled ‘leave your ego at the door,’ emerged based on four sub-themes: (1) know thy self, (2) know thy skills, (3) know the environment now, and (4) tame the ‘inner animal.’ These themes are presented and discussed in relation to performance and discovery narratives identified within elite sport, thereby shedding light on how participants’ experiences of the extreme sport of proximity wingsuit flying differ from dominant stories within traditional sports.

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                Front Psychol
                Front Psychol
                Front. Psychol.
                Frontiers in Psychology
                Frontiers Media S.A.
                17 November 2017
                : 8
                1Department of Physical Education & Sports Science, University of Thessaly , Trikala, Greece
                2Department of Sports and Physical Education, Faculty of Public Health, Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences , Elverum, Norway
                3Institute of Sport, Physical Activity and Leisure, Carnegie School of Sport, Leeds Beckett University , Leeds, United Kingdom
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                Edited by: John L. Perry, University of Hull, United Kingdom

                Reviewed by: Chris Rowley, Leeds Trinity University, United Kingdom; Patrick R. Young, Wingate University, United States

                *Correspondence: Eric Brymer, e.brymer@

                This article was submitted to Performance Science, a section of the journal Frontiers in Psychology

                Copyright © 2017 Arijs, Chroni, Brymer and Carless.

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