In this video, “Watching Mountain Bike Fail Videos | Can it be bad for your riding?” Lee and I sit down and talk about a recently documented condition known as vicarious trauma. Documented trauma and even PTSD from watching video and how it might even happen to mountain bikers who watch too many fail videos or have existing trauma that is being triggered by mountain bike fail videos.
Both Lee and I have tried to avoid seeing crash vids but it was just an instinct and not based on any science. Last week I decided to do a little research into the topic and found it was not only being researched but was widely accepted and explored.
None of the research was about mountain biking but trauma is trauma and we know our sport can produce some traumatic events and video.
For those that want to dig in a bit more, I’ll list some of the articles and abstracts I found at the bottom of this page.
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0:45 TRAUMA FROM VIDS IS REAL
0:55 WHO IS AT RISK?
1:11 MAKE UP YOUR OWN MIND
1:52 DEAP SEATED
2:10 FAIL VID APPEAL
2:54 THE POWER OF MEDIA IMAGES
3:57 TRIGGERING OLD TRAUMA
4:32 YOUR AMYGDALA
5:48 SPOOF COMMERCIAL
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