How to prepare for high-risk activities

Adventurers, thrill-seekers, adrenaline junkies, daredevils, sensationalists, risk-takers, and the like will be emerging as COVID 19 is contained, and the world opens up. Will they be well prepared for the dangers posed by the various activities they will attempt? Preparation for high-risk endeavors is of paramount importance when it is a life-and-death situation.

What constitutes a high-risk activity?

High risk is defined as “more likely to result in failure, harm, injury, or death than others.”

If deciding to venture out on new adventures, assess the risk level of the activity.

Consider the severity of harm involved and the degree of effect (requiring first aid or medical attention), and likelihood of an accident, injury, or abuse involved.

Understanding the risk of the activity determines the amount of preparation you must put in before embarking on it.

The severity of harm:

  • Trivial (little to no effect)

  • Minor (requires first aid)

  • Moderate (sprains, strains, refer to a doctor (lost time at work)

  • Intolerable (Major injuring, life changing injury or trauma)

Likelihood of Accident:

  • Improbable (unlikely to occur)

  • Possible (likely to occur)

  • Probable (risk will occur)

Often, adventurers take unnecessary risks participating in activities without being fully aware of all the possible outcomes.

Low-risk activities:

  • Walking

  • Computer studies

  • Reading activities

  • Low impact exercises

Medium-risk activities:

  • Walking through forests

  • Visiting zoos

  • Urban centers

  • Public transportation

  • Amusement parks

  • Hiking

  • Overnight camping

  • Retreats

High-risk activities: