Sean Allen calls himself a serial adrenalin junky and traveller who seeks to gain perspectives on life through experiencing life changing events.
In other words it is a magnificent form of cross-training
for the mind and body. And the benefits don't stop just there. As in
other forms of brain training, when you put in the effort to become more
masterful with a new skill, whether it is be training in martial arts
or learning how to speak Spanish, your brain gains in other ways as
The spin off includes improved coordination, greater focus and concentration, a faster speed of interpreting events as they occur in front of you, greater skill in interpreting another person's intentions (always a good life-skill), greater confidence and enhanced mental performance in the classroom and workplace.
Not bad for a sport that is fun to do and something which of course many adults continue to practice and improve in as well.
To listen to the podcast, the link is below - enjoy.