Special Issue "Health, Wellbeing and Performance in Extreme Environments"

A special issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (ISSN 1660-4601). This special issue belongs to the section "Environmental Health".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 August 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Eric Brymer
Guest Editor
1. Australian College of Applied Psychology, Sydney, NSW 2000, Australia
2. Institute of Sport, Physical Activity and Leisure Leeds Beckett University, Leeds LS6 3QS, UK
Interests: performance; extreme environments and the human-nature relationship; nature benefit and health and wellbeing; extreme sports; adventure sports; outdoor sports
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Dr. Francesco Feletti
Guest Editor
Ausl Romagna, S Maria delle Croci Hospital, 48121 Ravenna, Italy
Interests: outdoor sports; exercise medicine
Dr. Erik Monasterio
Guest Editor
University of Otago, Christchurch School of Medicine, Hillmorton Hospital, Private Bag 4733, Christchurch, New Zealand
Interests: adventure sports; climbing; personality
Dr. Pierre Bouchat
Guest Editor
Psychological Sciences Research Institute, Université catholique de Louvain, Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium
Interests: social psychology; political psychology; extreme sports; BASE jump

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Over the last few decades there has been a surge in interest in activities that lie on the outermost edges of human capability, specifically relating to performance issues and wellbeing maintenance and outcomes when participating in extreme environments. Humans perform in extreme environments, where a mismanaged mistake or accident would most likely result in death (Brymer & Schweitzer, 2017), for many reasons, including military operations, scientific discovery, space exploration and adventurous leisure activities. Learning from the experiences of participants has also contributed to our understanding of the broader human condition.  The momentum seems to be intensifying.

Traditional perspectives on motivations, performance and wellbeing have been critiqued. Emerging research points to a more subtle and interlinked relationship between performance and wellbeing. There is a pressing need for clarity, other ways of knowing might reveal more nuanced perspectives of the human dimension of participation in extreme environments (Monasterio, Mei-Dan, Hackney, Lane, Zwir, Rozsa, & Cloninger, 2016)). This special edition brings together cutting edge research and thought examining Health, Wellbeing and Performance in Extreme Environments. In particular we are interested in research and ideas that examine:

  1. Becoming a participant
  2. Being a participant in extreme environments
  3. Effective performance
  4. Outcomes from participation
  5. Psychological aspects of performance
  6. Maintaining health and wellbeing while performing
  7. The relationship between performance and wellbeing
  8. Methodological issues
  9. Conceptual frameworks
  10. Definitions
  11. Diagnostic imaging
  12. Medicine in extreme environments

Dr. Eric Brymer
Dr. Francesco Feletti
Dr. Erik Monasterio
Dr. Pierre Bouchat
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • extreme
  • wellbeing
  • adventure
  • outdoor sports

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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