Fear, an instinct that helps us focus or inhibit us in kayaking?

We have an instinctual part of the brain that reacts to cues in the environment. This happens in 1/60th of a second. In the past it has allowed us to detect danger and evoke a 'fight or flight ' response to a deadly predator lurking in the Forest. In modern day civilisation it can be experienced in as little as a social interaction. In extreme sports, the danger is at the forefront of the sport. White water kayaking involves a descent down a loud, unforgiving, constant flow of water, usually with drops, weirs and sharp rocks. This barricade of sensory overload ann be overwhelming to the primal part of the brain. This is why I am researching how this fear effects performance in white water Kayaking.

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* 1. How often do you paddle kayaks on grade 2 to 4 rivers?

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* 2. What skill level of paddler are you ?

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1.On a scale of 1 to 10, 1 being very relaxed and 10 being terrified, what degree of fear do you experience on grade 2/3? Examples are River Garry, Stanley, Grantully.


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* 4. In your opinion what effect, if any, does this have on your paddling ability?

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* 5. On a scale of 1 to 10, 1 being very relaxed and 10 being terrified, What degree of fear do you experience on grade 4+ ? Examples Middle Orchy, Etive, Findhorn (answer only if applicable)

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* 6. In your opinion what effect, if any, does this have on your paddling ability?

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* 7. On a scale of 1 to 10, 1 being very relaxed and 10 being terrified, what degree of fear do you experience at your local man made water sports centre?

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* 8. In your opinion what effect, if any, does this have on your paddling ability?

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* 9. What techniques do you use to manage your experience of fear when paddling grade 2 to 4 white water ?

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