Top Ten Hardest Sports

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Hardest sports to do that take the most skill but not given credit to. Don't agree with the list? Vote for an existing item you think should be ranked higher or if you are a logged in, add a new item for others to vote on or create your own version of this list.

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Gymnastics
I am in gymnastics and it is definitely the hardest sport. People think it is easy, but they are so wrong! I have been doing gymnastics since preschool and I have never had an easy practice. Your hands rip from the bars and conditioning is probably harder than football players do. I wish people would understand how hard it is!
Definitely the hardest. The conditioning is really hard. So are the practices. You practice in any weather in any condition. It can be 100 degrees in the gym, and gymnasts still practice. The pain; many of us have to endure it. It's really hard but we know how to hold it in.
Gymnastics is the hardest sport in the world.

Have you ever asked yourself: What is the hardest sport in the world? , and: Why? Well I have the answers... Gymnastics is the hardest sport in the world because: you need strength, you need balance, and you need flexibility. Lots of people think that there are lots of harder sports than gymnastics like football. They have protection, but gymnasts don't have protection! Soccer players have grass with no obstacles but we have mats with obstacles! Oh and don't say this is stupid! Just try it. Go on and please read it!

The first reason is you need strength. For example according to http://www.TheTopTens.com/hardest-sports/ a girl likes to laugh at the tough boys do 10 push-ups and complain for the rest of the day that their arms and legs hurt, wile she does 80 push-ups and is not tired, because that is what she does in her practice every day. Imagine you doing that in every gymnastics practice! Don't think you don't need strength, for gymnastics. You need it for: Bars: kip, k squat on, and the glide. Vault: handstand, landing, and getting on. Beam: twists, flips, landing, and jumps. Floor: twists, flips, landing, and jumps. This is an example (a micro-story) that happened to me. “Okay girls and boy, listen up! ” said my gymnastics coach. (there was only 1 boy! ) “you need to be really strong for almost everything in gymnastics. , like the kip, back handspring, front handspring, and many other things! So to prepare you lets do 20 push-ups! ” she finished smiling. “Okay. ” we chorused. We started doing our 20 push-ups. On the 1st one I was tired on the 2nd one I was exhausted. “IT HURTS! ” My mind screamed. When I finally did the 20 push-ups I almost died. Then I lay on the floor sweating. See how hard getting strength is and, see why you need it for lots of things? That's why I think that gymnastics is the hardest sport in the world!

Additionally you need to have balance. For instance more than half the people that surveyed said that they have fallen countless times on the beam because it is to hard to keep their balance. The bad thing is that you need balance for lots of things like: In bars: Squat on, kip, glide, and many other things. In beam: just standing on it, twists, jumps, flips, and many other things. In floor: jumps, turns, flips, and many other things. And in vault: running, jumping, landing, and many other things. Here is an interview that I did to my friend who does gymnastics! “The majority of things need balance, and if you don’t have balance you can die! ” says Emma “Also balance is hard because you need to be perfect! ” “Once I was on the beam and I lost my balance! I fell hard on the floor. For like three days I had to sit on a chair because my whole body hurt! (From that terrible fall! )” Emma finishes her story. Now you see why you need balance and why its hard to get! That's why I think that gymnastics is the hardest sport in the world!

The final reason is that you need to be flexible. You have to be flexible because in; Beam: jumps, poses, and many other things. Bars: jumps, kip, pike squat on, splits, and many other things. Vault: jumps, bridge, and many other things. Floor: anything to do with a bridge, stretching (splits, pike, etc), and many other things. This is a real life example of how important flexibility is! I have never had a good flexibility. But it’s bad to not have flexibility because you need it for lots of things. Like once I was just walking (in my routine) on the beam. And I couldn't put my arms write and the judge took off.70 (out of 10.00). After that I practiced and practiced but I couldn't put my arms straight. that's why you need to be flexible and why you need it. Now this is what happened to a girl that practices 25 hours minimum a week. According to http://www.TheTopTens.com/hardest-sports/ one comment says that her coach pushes her in her splits. He does it because she needs it for lots of things. Even though she it used to it it hurts a lot. Imagine that happening to you. Even though some people have really good flexibility -like really good- most people find it hard. that's why you need flexibility and why its hard. that's why I think that gymnastics is the hardest sport in the world!

Now that after you read this I hope you believe me, that gymnastics is the hardest sport in the world because you need to be flexible, you need to be strong, and you need to have balance. Other people should care about this because the people who actually do gymnastics feel the same way as me and I’m like their voice I’m speaking for them. I speak for them because I feel what they feel and I want you to know that gymnastics is not only handstands with bent legs or jumping on the trampoline! It’s speed, it’s strength, it’s grace, it’s balance, it’s flexibility, and it’s perfection. so now go on and tell your friends: I know what the hardest sport is, it’s gymnastics!

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2Swimming
I've been swimming at a high level for most of my life now and I can honestly say this sport is CRAZYYYY demanding. I don't think its as bad as gymnastics because we don't have the threat of dying everyday, but we do work just as hard as them. What people don't understand is that as a swimmer every muscle in your body is used for every single stroke and kick. Not any other sport in the world does that. We not only swim for hours a day we train on land for hours. So basically its like ok your done one practice, but now your expected to jump in the pool and swim as hard and as fast as you possibly can every single day. And for all the people that say they taught themsevles how to swim and its not diffuicult at all anyone can do it, YOU ARE DEAD WRONG. This is not your back yard pool swimming, we are really swimming. After every practice you can barely walk you are so sore, and getting changed is so hard because you can't even lift your arms over your head. When you have meets, every race you swim is swam with every fiber of your body (no one has felt pain until they've swam the last lap of a race and the burning that is in your body its the most extreme pain but you still have to swim) and when you finish the idea is to be in anerobic shock meaning you don't have have enough oxygen in your blood stream. And for those who don't think we get injured think again. I've almost broken my back, have had tedinitis in my feet and ankles, and have had contant shoulder and elbow pain for years now. Its a extremely demanding sport. No other sport in the world has as much repetive motion as we do. you can not take a stoke or not kick you have to coninually move every muscle in your body for hours on end with out oxygen. Yeah I don't think most people can actualy do that and not quit. We also have something that no one else has, our "uniforms" are the tightest most painful thing in the world to put on and wear and we have to compete in them. On average it can take 20 mins to put our bathing suits on and when you come out you have the most unflatering bathing suit on in the world, your whole body is scweased so that your are in streamline. So for everyone out there who thinks this sport is easy please I will bring you to a practice to show you that there is no possible way in the world you could keep up with us!
To all those people saying "i have tried swimming it's easy" or "anyone can swim". That'd be like saying "gymnastics is easy because I can do a cartwheel" where as those who actually train for gymnastics would probably tell you a cartwheel doesn't mean you can do gymnastics, and it's a similar thing to what you call swimming and what a swimmer calls swimming are different things... Swimming is one of the hardest sport train for... (the reason I say one of the hardest is because once you reach a certain point on the list, the difficulty of training for the sport is going to vary dependent on how hard each individual athlete is willing to push themselves).

swimmers don't go don't to the pool and do what you call swimming and swim at a leisurely pace we train to complete exhaustion every morning and afternoon for over 30 hours per week as well as gym training and crossfit training. You spend your training sessions sprinting and pushing past your limits and once your heart rate has exceeded maximum bpm you keep pushing harder and if you spew up, you spew then you keep training and you don't stop to spew, I've had plenty of times where I've spent the majority of the set spewing in my mouth swallowing it back down and continuing to push myself further waiting till I'd either reached the edge to spew over (if you were being soft) and continue as fast as possible before the coach is at you for stopping or hold it until the end of the rep I guess it would be and spew during your few seconds of rest before continuing. It frustrates me when I see the comments saying swimming is easy I have tried it... You wouldn't have time to do any other sports if that was the case. I used to play soccer at state level and quit when I was 11 because I was only training 7 sessions a week for swimming and was told I was under training and that was when I was 11 years old.

Obviously some swimmers don't push themselves as hard as others so it's hard to compare sports, rather than the sport I think it'd be more realistic to compare the training efforts of individuals.

I also respect those who do gymnastics and admit it is very hard, neither swimming nor gymnastics get the credit thy deserve.
Yeah. I have state time in every stroke. And I went everyday to get it. Al my friends say it's easy. It is HARD. You can't be slow but you have to be commented You Need more insurance than muscle. But I go before school for it to work out and now I can bench way more.
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3Water Polo
I understand why some people might think that gymnastics is harder than waterpolo. I will share with you my one experience as a fellow water polo player.

I jump into the freezing ice cold water and stare at my huge opponent, #9. She grumbles and glares at me, with a snort she shouts out, "I've got 16! " The ref throws the ball to me and blows the whistle. I sway around in the water for about a second, trying to watch my teammates to see if they're open. One girl is being blocked, another is being pushed down into the water and the ref is ignoring them, #3 screams for the ball. I see #9 pushing through the water towards me, for a huge girl she moved through the water quickly. I throw the ball to #3, #9 punches my elbow, causing the pass to go to the left. #3 and her defensive player sprint for the ball. I see her head go under and the defensive player swim ahead. I swim towards the goal hoping to get open In case she gets the ball. I watch on the sidelines as the defensive player reach for the ball but #3 was aggressive and leaped over her defense to swipe the ball. The refs didn't even call a foul. I scream and shout for the ball, #9 blocks my path. Her huge meaty arm latches onto my shoulder and pushes me down, I try to eggbeater as hard as I can and stay on my stomach. I get a messy pass from #3. I grab the ball but three players pull me down. I kick one of them in the stomach and use the other to push out of the water and quickly make a shot towards the goal. The ball misses the huge goalie by centimeters and I sprint back to the middle of the pool

As you have read, this thing doesn't ever happen in gymnastics. Waterpolo is incredibly and extremely demanding. You are being pushed and shoved by huge players when you're on offense and you have to push and shove on defense. This is much more than swimming (I'm also a competitive swimmer) there is no other sport in which you have to actually keep yourself up while being pushed around like a sack because the floor is gone. You have to keep yourself extremely high up to actually get a decent shot and not get drowned by a player (a girl actually feinted because she swallowed so much water because the refs suck) in gymnastics, people say you have the chance of dying. you must be a pretty bad gymnast if you might kill yourself on the bars. However, in waterpolo someone is actually trying to kill you. Waterpolo players bleed and break bones too! Also, we do it in any condition & whats with that person for the gymnastics column saying they have to do it in any condition? They are in a gym! Just adjust the air conditioner!

I understand cheer leading, power tumbling, and boxing/martial arts. But dancing is not as hard as waterpolo or gymnastics. We play football and wrestle while not having a floor to stand on and we are being pushes back by water. Imagine playing football while in the air and being constantly slowed down and having a person grabbing at you and make sure you can't breath. Yeah that happens a lot in dance
Nobody's ever attempted to rip my swimsuit off and use me as a human backboard while swimming... Just at water polo. As somebody who does both sports, I'd say that water polo is definitely tougher. It requires more stamina to continually release in the water and sprint back and forth. Even the times when you have more rest, you're still treading water, which takes energy. And at the same time, you have to be aware of the other players in the pool and the position of the ball, and try to pass and shoot while other players are pressing you. Players are also extremely dirty, because the refs can't see most of it - they will dig into pressure points, kick off other players, elbow, gouge, scratch, twist, anything that they can think of to get an advantage.
Water Polo is way harder than swimming. Water Polo involves so much more skill and endurance then swimming does. Water Polo is also not just lets swim in lanes, you have to be willing to sometimes get in a fight with people under water.
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4Figure Skating
I think figure skating is at least the second hardest sports because it takes will, determination, and gut. I am a figure skater my self. Every day you go to practice and train and work your butt off just to be the best. To get a jump right you have to jump it exact just to land it and get full points for competition. You have to jump and land on a blade that is thinner than your finger. And every day you practice and practice and it seems like you are going no where and not improving in any of the jumps that you are learning but when you land that jump it feels like all your hard work, pain, and tears is worth it and you realize that you are one step closer to your dream that you had since you got foot on the ice for the first time. When I first started skating I had a coach that told me that whatever I did was correct. When I was ten I got an new coach and I had to learn everything from the beginning. All that years of training for nothing. When I was twelve my coach left out of the country. I was devastated, I was afraid that I was never going to find another coach to help me get to my dream. Soon I had another coach that would help me reach my goal and go farther. She was very critical but all my jumps, spins became clean and polished. I am so grateful to have an amazing coach and amazing parents. Jump aren't the only thing in skating. You have to do jump, spins, and moves and the fields. Spins - you have to do different elements and combinations. Moves on the field - you have to switch edges on your blade. Every line must be clean and precise. I wrote this comment because I want to show people that figure skating is not easy. I hear people say that oh skating is so easy, all you do is skate. Well they are wrong, it's not just skating it's much more. Most people don't even have the gut to get on the ice. Any ways the only thing that is important is that you love the sport and you will work hard to strive to reach your dream.
Alright.. So I'm a figure skater myself, and to be a competitive figure skater, it takes more hen just stepping out on the ice, jumping from forward to backwards, its harder then that, you're throwing yourself up in the air trying to spin 3-4 times in the air, there's spots in it where you're going to wanna give up, but you really can't give up, its something you're going to fall in love with, and something that you're really going to hate, but you just need to push your self through it and say, 'i know I can' because its just not something simple, its not something you can just learn in a day or two, I've been skating since I was 2 years old, and I still haven't got to the level I need to be at.. It takes skill, you need to have dedication to the sport and determination. I'm at the rink 5 days a week for longer then 3 hours. I personally think figure skating should be near the top, not number 7. So I think everyone should sit back and think a little bit harder on what the hardest sport is, figure skating is one day going to kill me. But if you think chasing a puck around the ice or holding your breath under water for 2 minutes at a time, then think differently. I can agree that gymnastics would be the hardest sport, I agree but figure skating, at least top 4 or 5.
Figure skating is definitely the hardest sport. If you're thinking figure skating is just gliding on one foot and doing a little turn, it's much more. When you start learning to glide on one foot for 4 yards, doing a bunny hop and little turns, I don't think that even counts as figure skating. The real stuff starts when you start doing the flying sit spin, the illusion and jumps with 1-3 revolutions. You need to have precise leg, head, hips and arm positioning and impeccable timing to have enough rotation to the jump and land it. Personally I think it takes way longer than 4 years! When I was on freestyle 4 (which took me almost 4 years) I still felt I was on an extremely low level because I barely fell down and personally I think it is. I was only beginning to learn single jumps. If you don't fall at least 90% of the time while learning something new, you're not trying hard enough. Practicing takes dedication and pain. Some skaters wake up before school to practice. Some skaters skate until past midnight! I go to an open campus skating camp in the Lake Placid Olympic Rink and I met this 17 teen turning 18 year old skater that might be going to the Olympics. He said he had to practice from 5pm to 2am every single day with 2 more hours of practice. That's 9 hours of practicing with barely any breaks! You're asking now, why can't he just practice during the day time? That's because during the day time, the ice is too busy for them (aka 4 really good skaters on the ice. ) Even figure skaters who are dedicated but not good enough to go to the Olympics practice around 3-4 hours a day! Now THAT'S WHAT I CALL DEDICATION.
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5Horseback Riding
In no way does the horse do all of the work. Heels down, toes up, calves back and on, supporting the horse, back straight, shoulder back, hands low and still in constant contact with the horses mouth without pulling too hard, look where you're going. Maintain this position perfectly while controlling a 1,000 pound animal with a mind of its own.
This involves moving it with just one leg, constantly supporting it and worry about exactly how fast or where it's going, posting or rising up and down in the saddle with almost no help form the stirrups, turning with a bit of leg rein, weight shift and looking, but not too much or too little of anything while maintaining speed and perfect position. Try reining in a 1,000 pound animal going 20 mph with just your arms, but not pulling too hard. Try having to be constantly aware of every part of your body and your horse's at every second while moving at 20 mph, making hairpin turns, jumping fences and despite the speed always be three steps ahead, make sure your horse is on the right stride, judging distances, all while thinking about five other things. Constantly having to look, be aware, be in control, all while maintaining a perfect position. Try guiding your partner every step of the way, making sure all of your cues are absolutely perfect, knowing that if you do even one thing a tiny bit wrong, you could die. It takes strength, endurance, perseverance, smarts, control and skill. It takes years. It takes work, practice, the ability to communicate perfectly to an animal with no words, understand it and work with it. You have to worry for yourself and your horse, look perfect, be in constant control, always be thinking ahead, be incredibly strong to hold a 1,000 pound creature together with your legs and make it look easy. It takes nothing short of hours and hours of practice, perfection, work, skill, physical fitness and undying trust in an animal that could just as easily kill you as it can breathe. It's about finding the perfect balance in cues, concentrating immensely, having the strength, having every understanding of your horse, always maintaining your position no matter what cue you are giving, knowing just what your horse is doing, being aware completely of your own movement, where you are going, which cues to use, how fast, where to go and never losing your position or focus. Not doing any of these things could mean death. A sport that requires skill, fitness and above all practice. I have played soccer for one year, ridden for seven. I progressed in soccer EXTREMELY quickly compared to horseback riding. It is a sport that takes immense time and passion to master. It is more difficult that any sport I have done before. It has earned its place in this list.
I have ridden for ten years. Believe, me it is the most difficult sport. Anyone who says different is wrong! Most people say Equestrian isn't a sport because the only time they've ever ridden is on the beach while on vacation. That is NOT riding.

I'm a show jumper. This is what I have to do: I get on a 1500 pound animal, who has been trained all winter and is at his peak, hurtle myself over 4 ft obstacles that are often 3 ft wide, whip around corners as fast as possible while not knocking anything down.

Yes, the horse plays a big part in the sport (obviously) but when I am racing around the competition ring, who do you think is keeping that animal balanced? Who do you think is telling the horse exactly where to put each of his feet, every single step of the way? And, in the judged classes, you have to make it look pretty and smooth.

A lot of people say Equestrian isn't a sport because you don't have to be fit to do it; that's also not true. I admit that I'm not a runner or a swimmer; I can't run for the life of me. However, I bet most people don't have the power in their thighs to break human bones. I can do air squats for an hour and not get tired. I can win any kind of arm wrestle. Most people who ride for the first time are out of breath and sweating after an hour.

Equestrian is extremely dangerous as well. That's why you rarely see a show jumper without a helmet. When you crash into a jump, going extremely fast on a very heavy animal, it hurts. There is always an ambulance on scene at an equestrian competition. When you go to a hospital and tell them you have an injury from riding, they immediately bring you in, no matter how long the line up. A horse kicks you in the head, you have an instant concussion. A horse steps on you when you fall off, you immediately have a broken bone. Remember Christopher Reeve, the man who played Superman? Most people know that he was paralyzed after an accident for the rest of his life. That accident was at an equestrian competition, and he fell off his horse.

So before you say Equestrian isn't a sport, please know the facts. And please make sure that you have actually ridden a horse PROPERLY.
It is the thing that keeps up breathing, living, and being. It is more that a sport. If is a life. One little thing, one millimeter more rein on one side and you could die. A butterfly could change weather you ride off or are ambulanced off. Your are going 45 mph towards some thing that wont move if you hit it. Your team mate is something that is 10 times bigger that you and can kill you as easily as you breath. There is no safe. There is no perfect. And there is no redo. There is no bench. We ARE the secret athletes that put our lives in the hoofs of a flight animal and others say its easy. There is no easy. There is no turning back. You have to commit or you are falling off. I am a cheerleader. I get thrown 20 feet in the air. Every time there is a possibility that my team will not catch me. If they don't I land on 3 inch mats. But in ridding when I fall from that height and there is no one there. There is no one to catch me. I am falling either on the solid wood poles or the dirt. Then you are still in danger. You could get stepped on. Every year hundreds of people in Colorado die ridding every year. People who say it is easy don't know what power is. What heaven is. What love is. They only know fear.
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6Motorcross
I have raced motocross since I was 3 and I'm almost 16 now. 13 years, 13 broken bones, 2 surgeries and 8 concussions later I'm not scared, embarrassed to say motocross is by far the most physical demanding and tough sport in the world. People think you just sit and turn the throttle. It take balance, strength and skill to be fast on a dirtbike!
When people say its just sitting down and holding the throttle its funny because you don't sit down unless your going around a turn, also, its burns 700 to 800 calories and I have never lost my breathe so quick in my life.
I race motocross and it is by far the most physically demanding sport in the world. I recently had a crash and split my liver and had internal bleeding and I'm still on the mend no other sport is that tough and that hard.
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7Freestyle Wrestling
The only sport where the practice is the same as competition and the same level of intensity. Wrestling requires the athlete to use every muscle in their body at the same time. A wrestling match is continuous and folkstyle matches can last up to 9.5 minutes long, 9.5 minutes of pushing your muscles to failure with no breaks or rest. In a match, you are allowed only 1.5 minutes if you receive an injury, and if you take any more time the match is forfeited. Given the weight classes, practices are very high intensity and usually are held in the basements of schools with the heat cranked up to around 100 degrees. In addition to the practices, the most successful wrestlers do things such as run the streets at night - usually in many layers (a standard in practices as well) and sometimes plastic suits to lock the heat in - no matter the weather, as well as working out in a gym or at home or attending multiple practices. My senior season I walked into my first practice at 197 lbs and finished the season competing in the 160 lb weight class. I would typically lose an average of 5 lbs a practice but I had friends who have lost 6 and even 7 lbs in a practice, and in addition to working out in the mornings before school and after practice I also ate very little to maintain my weight. If you want to be successful, most wrestlers train 12 months a year at the same intensity as they do in season and are forced to give up all other sports to accommodate for wrestling's demands. Without a doubt the toughest sport mentally and physically, and while I ended my wrestling career a little over a year ago I can say that if I ever have a son I don't know if I would want him to wrestle, because the sport if so grueling and unglamorous.
Dude come on seriously wrestling under cheerleading, horseback riding, gymnastics and water polo? Wrestling is no joke people work their living tails off on the mat. Wrestling requires muscle, stamina, quickness, toughness, mental toughness and believe it or not flexibility and lots of bravery. You will get slammed on the mat possibly break something if you're not tough enough simply because your opponent is more muscular than you. Its take tons of bravery to step onto a mat with another person who could possibly overpower you and not to mention you must remain aggressive thanks to the new rules, the coaches and refs. You have to sacrifice lots of eating time to make weight classes and the conditioning is extreme more muscle than other sport unlike football when players sit majority of the time. wrestlers always will either condition or break each others necks at practice and the only way to get really good is to work on technique and strength outside of practice. I've done wrestling for a while now in multiple weight classes usually in the lower ones like 113 up to 126 and your skills only show to how much time and effort you put into the intensity of you workouts and practices. I usually run 2-3 miles after meets and sometimes after practice and even over the weekends to lose weight and to help stamina this is usually exhausting enough. People would put your body into positions that could be potentially dangerous and you could get choked out while being pinned. The matches may seem short but honestly if you're not a cross country runner or swimmer you're gonna get muscular weak and winded during the 3rd period and seriously half the people don't survive that long. Wrestling and freestyle wrestling should be higher no doubt, only a handful of people can endure the the bone breaking steps to become good. Whatever your opponent does you have to think quick be quick and defend quick and when they have almost equal strength that is determined to pin you its gonna be pretty much a war out there from that little move, trust me its even harder when trying to stand up when they guy is behind you bringing you down. This is a sport only for a handful of people who can actually withstand this physically and mentally killing sport and have no doubts that this and wrestling should be place higher.
Come on. The only true sport that takes endurance to it's limits. It takes every attribute you have to win. These guys work their buts off and what do they get. They deserve to be number one 'cause they can wrestle despite all these flaws.

Wrestling for life.
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8Competiton Cheerleading
I like how everyone else is saying that cheerleading is stupid and cheerleaders are stuck up brats who do the sport for popularity, and none of the cheerleaders have said anything mean to anyone about their sports... And we are the mean ones? Also I dare anyone who does not think this is the hardest sport to watch a competitive cheer team's practice like California allstars they condition for at least three hours and run at least six miles... as a warm up then for the next two hours they stunt until they are about to faint then we tumble. You know? The thing we make look easy when really we have to hold the perfect body position to literally DEFY GRAVITY while our muscles are the tightest they will ever be. Then we do our entire routine around 15 times which includes the hardest tumbling stunting and dancing we are able to do. If someone says one more thing about how cheer is not a sport I might go insane... you truly have to do the sport and take it as seriously as we do to know exactly how hard it is. Everyone on my team and all the other cheer teams know that when you mess up or fall it is the worst feeling in the world that is why girls break their backs trying to do scales or dislocate their knee trying to do their best because that is what cheer is about. Do you know what they tell us at camps? When you clap it should be so hard your hands should be red when you hit your sides they should be red. You think normal cheer is hard then competition is ten times that soccer players say that they play for two hours and we only have a routine for 2 minutes and 30 seconds. Well they don't understand that it is filled with THE HARDEST moves that we could ever do without killing ourselves its like taking the most difficult two minutes and thirty seconds of your game and adding using all of your muscles until the routine is done then literally collapsing from exhaustion. Like if you think competition cheerleading should be first.
Cheerleading should be number 1 because I am a cheerleader and it is definitely harder than anyone thinks it is because you have stunts (throwing people in the air and hand positioning the right way and having to catch the girl sometimes twisting) then you have tumbling (running across the mat having to do different flips and twists and other stuff like that) then you got dancing (having to know the perfect position and turns and hand motions and movements) then on top of all that the conditioning because I know my team conditions for at least 5 hours a day then we have to run 10 miles then we have to warm up by doing stretches for 2 hours because we have to do like 100 of everything then we have to work out for 3 hours and then on top of all that we have to practice for 4 hours then on top of everything else we have 7 competitions every week because I am on 4 teams at my gym let alone the people on like 8 different teams and some people on that many teams also have gymnastics I have gymnastics too and I have like 3 competitions for gymnastics every weekend. So seriously 8th most hardest sport is ridiculous whoever wrote this is very inccorect
Cheer is difficult because it isn't just one skill or sport to master. Cheerleading is a combination of dance, tumbling, and stunts so it's like three sports put into one. The sad thing is, many people don't see how hard it is because it's High School cheer that is mainstream and most (not all) high school teams are not at the caliber they should be at to be considered difficult.

Competitive/All Star cheerleading on the other hand is a whole different world. I have been living in that world for about 12 years now and the lengths these athletes push their bodies to still amazes me. Check out some of the routines and teams from the the All Star Worlds Competition in Florida every year and then try and say its not a sport... You will think again.
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9Bull Riding
Dude your on a freaking bull!
The fear from just that makes it hard!
Besides the fact that the bull is jumping and twisting and you can't really hold on that well...
That 8 seconds is the longest 8 of your life!
The wii lash is not fun ether!
Not mention when you fall of the only thing in-between you and the bull beating you to death is a 1inch thick vest!
Well the fact of the matter is that you have thousand pound animal strapped between your legs and your told to hang on. I'm not just saying this because I have seen bad stuff happen, but I was the person that has all the injuries to show it. So I have no idea why they put horse back riding before bullriding. Cause I train horses for a hobby and they aren't that tough to ride.
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10Cross Country
I cannot believe this is not even on the list. Honestly, there's a reason why XC people practically inhale food nonstop, yet remain the thinnest people in school. The sport is so physically taxing that it's impossible to gain any kind of weight. XC is hard because you have to do it nonstop as hard as you can. Sure gymnastics is hard and all, but they're events only last a few minutes before they get another break. XC is 100% slow twitch muscle fibers, (which your body has much less of, so it's harder to build) and it's literally 100% cardio. If you don't have a strong heart, you're gonna die. You know what I want, for EVERYONE in the aforementioned sports to race 1 meet with us... (and no, don't even think about stopping, you gotta run the whole 3.1 miles no matter kind of pain you'll experience). Since half the wusses in the above sports do track, why not try the 2 mile then? If distance running is apparently so easy? You know who do the 2 mile events? Cross country kids. Everyone else do the easy sprints, dashes, and jumps... Because they're too weak to do the longer events. People seriously don't give us enough credit. They look at us, and they think we're born with it. They think it's easier for us and that's why we do it. I aced the mile in gym, and my friend who majorly lagged behind said "Well, you're in XC, I'm not. " Honey... That doesn't mean ANYTHING. No, I'm not born with magic running abilities, you could be just as good as me if you tried. (Which you don't because running is too hard of course. ) I don't care what anyone says; nothing is harder than XC.
Cross country is definitely the hardest and most mentally tough sport that will ever exist. It takes hours of practice that require so much determination that anyone who doesn't run cross country could ever imagine. I am just a freshman girl and we run at least 8 miles a day. I'm not even going to mention how many miles the boys run. It's insane! They sometimes literally just go on a ten mile tempo run at a pretty fast pace. There are no timeouts or substitutions. You have to keep going all the way nonstop. During the race you think you can't go any farther but have the will power to cross that finish line. During the summer we get to practice at 6 in the morning everyday while people in other sports are sleeping in. We run in the intense heat and literally swear through our shirts and drip sweat everywhere on our bodies. We even train for long distance track in the winter and run while it is snowing in the insanely freezing weather. I believe cross country should be ranked number one hands down. Anyone not running cross country has no idea what so ever of the pain we endure everyday during practice. Cross country is a team sport and requires the efforts of the first five runners of your team to come in. And I cannot believe someone could have ever said that rowing is a harder sport than cross country. Seriously. Really? You are moving a boat. All you need to do is push an ore as hard as you can to get to the finish. In cross country you need to do so much more. There is complete strategy and determination to get you to the finish line where you want to be. In rowing there is no problem what so ever to get to the finish line. In cross country you have to be some of the strongest people ever! How can you not say that! I have a six pack! And it doesn't matter if you have to row in perfect synchronization! Cross country runners have some of the strongest muscular legs you will ever see. The last half mile of the three mile race you have to push so hard that some people pass out when they get to the finish line or throw up. XC is my life and I believe that there is nothing harder than it in the world. Someone might think it is easy to win a race, but if everyone wants to win, which everyone does, imagine the battle! I dare you to watch one cross country race. Look at the runners' faces. See their pain and dedication. Cross country should not be overlooked.
Oh please. Do you wake up at five in the morning and go to cheer practice? Even the horses are asleep by then! How far is an easy run for you? Because for us, it's three miles. We don't stop. Ever. We push through the pain, the blood, the sweat. We don't have a routine to practice. You think running is easy? If your stride is messed up, you pull and fracture must led and bones, you need knee replacements. If you're under-prepared for a race, you won't make it. You have to train all year round. This isn't about scheduled practices, it's about getting up early before school by yourself, and pushing yourself to do better, to strive for a better time. Your routine is two minutes? Two minutes can make a huge change. Two minutes of hard work doesn't compare to 45. We push. We give it our all. You can't go home and eat all the junk food you want. You have to eat healthy and keep your body clean. There's no break. No bench, no stop. You can't have water while you practice. You throw up, the pain is excruciating. Do you know how hard it is to run maybe 8-14 miles the hey up early and do it again? But you can't stop, even if you want to. Our bodies and minds are trained to tell ourselves "yes, you can do it, but you can't stop, you must keep going" and you do. You push through the pain. Sprain an ankle? Sorry! There is no stop in practice. Running is physically and mentally exhausting. For those of you who say its not a sport? Come to one race. One meet. One practice. And see how you feel after that because this is a sport.
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11Rowing
Rowing is unique in that it requires both power and endurance. Power to jump off the stretchers in the boat and endurance to be able to put full pressure into that oar for almost 200 strokes over the course of a 2000 meter race.
A rowers description of a 2000 meter race:

0-100 Meters:
Teams usually start off with a short sprint to help set the pace for the race. I the first 10 seconds energy provided by the quick acting ATP-CP system is used up. This system does not use oxygen and does not build lactic acid. The body goes into the anaerobic system for energy and teams begin to settle into their race pace. With this system lactic acid begins to build in the muscles, specifically the legs and the mental game begins.

100 - 1000 Meters
Each stroke uses all major muscle groups in the body including: quads, biceps, triceps, lats, gluts and abdominal muscles. Lactic acid has built up enough by the end of the first 500 meters that each stroke is painful for your legs and yet you push on. Partly because of your desire to win... And also because the coxswain is screaming at you to pull harder and that there is still another 1500 meters to go. Thankfully, your body switches energy systems again and begins using aerobic energy. This provides a brief respite as lactic acid build up slows down for a few strokes but then a surge is needed to pull ahead of opposing teams or to stay in the lead so the rowers power up once more. Anaerobic energy is needed! So as you surge more lactic acid builds up and each stroke feels like torture. But the hardest part of the race has yet to come.

1000-1500 Meters
Here's where the winners are going to be decided. Crews without the training and mental toughness to withstand the now excruciating pain in their legs fall behind.

1500-2000 Meters
The finish. This is where the sprint to the end begins and the anaerobic system takes over once more. Legs screaming for the end rowers power up once more and pick up the rating in order to beat out the opposing crews. Vision starts to dim and each rower simply becomes an engine to move the boat past the finish line while maintaining perfect technique. There is no room thinking, only pain. Once the crew passes the finish line they literally fall apart. The pain is finally over and each rower can barely breath anymore. No longer required to maintain pressure and technique the body collapses in the boat, exhausted.
Rowing is one of the only sports where you can not start off as a natural as it is unnatural movements. It requires a tremendous deal of strength and technique if you are to move the boat properly. Improper timing may actually slow down the boat. There is a reason why all the heavyweight rowers are roughly 200 pounds. It is an intensive all body workout, which does not gain respite until the end of the sequence/workout. Several other sports such as football and hockey can easily swap out players when fatigue sets in and allow them to recover in addition to breaks like half-time and what not. When you start rowing you push through to the end without respite, and still throughout this time you must maintain constant diligence to keep up technique and keep up boat speed. Proper technique can take years to master, and several more years are needed for strength training. Furthermore after mass is built on the rower, you need to be toned as well. Additional fat will simply slow the boat, so yes the weight I previously mentioned should be mostly muscle and maybe 5-8% body fat for a disciplined rower, perhaps even less leading into some major races and almost for sure if you are a tall lightweight.

Rowing is not a well known sport, it is generally intercollegiate and not very much professional which is why many assume it to be something simple and mundane. Truth is rowing dates back hundreds of years and it was the pinnacle of achievement for athletes in the past to perform well in these competitions. Rowing is an endurance sport first and foremost, but as the general race length is 2km, most of the events are around six minutes. This means a rower needs to have not only a efficient cardio base, but also a tremendous amount of explosive energy (for starts and sprints). I have competed in other sports before I started rowing, I won't mention them as I don't want to diminish them, but the amount of time and dedication involved in rowing is another level beyond them.

I walk with my head held high.
I think rowing should be higher. I think it IS easier than gymnastics, and a few other things, but that's about it. First of all, rowing is harder than cross country. We row long pieces, we go on runs for training, we don't get halftimes or subs. We push through pain, we can't stop in a race, or in a piece. One lazy stroke can cost you a race. And we have to be strong. Cross country runners don't have to be, or at least not on the same level as rowers. And you don't ahve to run in perfect synchronization with seven other people. It's just a harder sport.

Also, ice hockey. So rowing doesn't require the handling skills that hockey does. But the technique is still difficult and one slip up can cost you a race. You play for 45 seconds at a time, we get tired in 45 seconds, but we have to keep to rowing at the same pace for another 7 minutes. Also, just cause it's dangerous, doesn't make it harder. It just makes it more dangerous.

I think that because rowing doesn't require the complicated technique of other sports, people don't realize how hard it is. During a race, 2k or a hard piece, everything hurts. Legs, arms, back, name basically any muscle, it hurts. Even breathing hurts. But we push through it. And we have to do it in perfect sync with seven other people. People miss this about rowing, it requires huge amounts of concentration. You have to manta in near-perfect timing, laser sharp focus. You can't look out of the boat, even for a second. You can't motivate yourself by seeing where other boats are. You have to trust what your coxswain says and keep rowing your hardest no matter what.

In most sports, after a game or competition, you see players celebrating. After a race in rowing, you see people bent over in pain, panting. For a few minutes your so out of breath to even drink water. That's how bad it is.

The other thing people don't realize about rowing is how close to 100% we are throughout an entire 8 minute race. In track, a full out sprint lasts at most 20 seconds. In rowing, full out sprints can last up to 2 minutes. And we barely fall from there the rest of the race.
It's tough stuff.
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12Hockey
Freestyle wrestling, bull riding and cross country are the only ones that should be up there in this bracket and normally there not in the top 20. I give a lot of credit to gymnastics I see it almost everyday because my sister does it but don't give me that BS that gymnastics is the hardest sport hockey should not be at # 12 first of your on ice that's hard enough me as a goalie having 90mph shots at me isn't hard I guess to some people. My equipment I have on gives me 30lbs I guess that simple to people also. Swimming is very hard but going across a pool isn't gonna cut to be the #2 spot give me a break. Hockey you're in a freezing climate 32 degrees and below. When I go to my respective Goalie trainer he doesn't take no crap I go out there with the flu pulled muscles cough headache if I'm not in the hospital in playing hockey. I have the best seat in the house and if you are 5'7 150lbs and you see 6'5 220lbs coming at you your done peoples break their necks arms legs fingers ankles knees it's horrifying. Do you see people bleeding from there necks from a skate that cut it I don't think so. Have you ever been hit through glass and it shatters on you? Nope. The physical aspect of the game is highly demanding there is no missing practice because then you're off the team. Hockey is a 12 month sport there is no off season. Hockey is one of the last sports that allows you to fight can't fight in football basketball cheerleading dance bull riding swimming rugby water polo because there a bunch of wimps
Hockey is the hardest no matter what everybody else says! You can run by the age of 3! If you can do gymnastic at 2 it's not hard. Know why we wear equipment? It's because there are 9 other people on the ice going 90 miles per hour all going for the same puck! People say hockey isn't hard but in order to play the beautiful sport you must have the strength and power of a football player, the stamina of a marathon runner and the concentration of a brain surgeon. You tell me if it is hard or not... Don't give me that crap about gymnastics is so hard because it doesn't hold a candle to ice hockey!
Every one can walk and run but skating takes skill. Plus you need to learn the most skills-shooting, stick handling, hitting, skating, passing, shot blocking, should I go on?
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13Competitive Dancing
Why isn't this in the top tens? Its easy to master sports like hockey, soccer, football etc. But dance? You are constantly learning new moves and constantly trying to improve your technique. Yeah football and hockey are dangerous. So is dance. There are many ways you can injure yourself in dance. Landing badly on a jump, hurting yourself in a flip, I could go on with the dangers of acro and break dance. And extreme partner work can put both people at risk. Dance requires hour and hours of training, whereas in other sports you show up for practice maybe 3 times a week for 2 hours. To anyone who disagrees and thinks dance is easy. Try pointe, acro, jazz, ballet, hip hop, break, etc. Acro takes many years to do well on, and so does pointe. After pointe, your feet ache an you get blisters, it is very hard to stand in pointe, yet very good dancers can pull it off with a smile on their face. You need to do ridiculously hard moves and still smile. Think hip-hop and dance are easy? Then try spinning on your head right now. Yeah, its not easy. Competition day. Hectic, crazy, yet fun. You aren't going against one team like other sports, but tons of studios at once competing for ONE top prize. You must perform in front of an audience, make sure you execute your moves properly, make sure you execute your facial expressions properly, get your timing correct, etc. Highland dance is extremely hard. I have danced highland before and it requires a lot of stamina and strength. My feet ached after practice, and I always got a good workout. You are always moving in highland. The sword dance is tough. You need to know what way you are going, where the swords are, and not to kick the swords, plus you can't look down. Its tough. That's my conclusion, dance should be on the top.

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People in football, baseball, soccer, etc. Only need to play good to win, dancers need to play good AND look good. If you go out on stage looking bad, all sweaty with no makeup you are going to get a lower score. You also need to have the same makeup as everyone else (unless they're playing a separate role). Speaking of roles, you also need to act in dancing. Dancing takes strength in all body areas, flexibility, balance, stamina, rhythm, timing, control, and memorization. Most other sports you just need strength and stamina. Not to mention all of the changing you have to do for your multiple dances. In soccer and football and baseball etc. You play against ONE team. In dance you go against at least 10 studios and over 200 dances. I don't see you running down the field with pointed toes while keeping a smile on your face. Not to mention it takes me about 30 minutes for eye makeup, 20mins for hair, plus 5 minutes for everything else (other makeup, costume, shoes) All everyone else does is put their hair in ponytails and put a hat or helmet over them, we have to do multiple hair styles for each dance. Speaking of helmets other sports have padding and helmets and shin guards, we have a shoes, a pair of tights, and our costume... That's IT. "Dance isn't difficult" "dance isn't dangerous" yeah whatever when you take dance... Good luck
I dance seven days a week and I am only twelve. My teacher tells me that I could beat the crud out of a football player, and she's right. If you run track and you've ever jumped a hurdle, next time try keeping your back, legs and arms straight, turn out your legs and point your toes so hard it hurts, and lift your chin and smile. Gymnists try your beam routines in toe shoes. Yeah. It hurts. And guys, don't ever think that male ballerinas are wimps. They train harder then you ever will in football or swimming. Plus, it's extremely hard to make it as a dancer. Only a lucky few will ever have a true dancing career. Dancers give up being popular in school, having a social life, and being a kid. And don't try to tell me that soccer, volleyball, basketball, football, and wrestling are tricky and complex sports, because if they were they wouldn't teach them in gym. If you fall over in volleyball or football, it may not affect your score at all, whereas if you fall in dance, it's over.
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14Rugby
No rugby came before american football and soccer. Then american football added sissy pads and helmets. For rugby you need to be more fit then a huge majority of sports. Mentally and physically. And no your not wrestling if you were then the rules would be different... Actually the game itself would be different in all. Brave as they are in american football? That's a joke not only did americans mimic the sport, but like I said they wear pads and helmets! Yeah you get hurt but try getting crushed in a scrum with no protection or every tackle is followed by 4-8 different solid muscle players.
Rugby is not only a Physical sport, its super mental. As a nationally ranked team player I would know. Rugby requires the physical stamina of any soccer player. Also rugby players need to know the variations of all the rules depending on a referee. Think about it, if you were playing a game of football you get the ball run, Down. 15 second break. In Rugby its Boom hit, Get up run again Boom hit. Constant contact and constant aggression and decision making under serious pressure. Rank 14 is seriously incorrect.
Rugby should be first. Rugby is like American football but with no breaks every 10 seconds, Its like cross country but you have to do it for 80 minutes and people constantly needing being smashed or getting smashed yourself. Some rugby tackles are measured at 7G (7 times gravity) and injuries seen in rugby are seen in head on car crashes with both cars going at 30MPH. You have to constantly work, when you have the ball, you have to dodge, pass, think, smash... When you haven't got the ball it is even worse! You have to: tackle, get smashed, run dummy lines, follow the ball carrier, help him, drive over and all that for 80 minutes.Why do you think rugby players are so massive!
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15Football (Soccer)
90 minute game running through down a grass field smashing into other players and trying to beat 11 people fighting for the exact same thing. Speed, teamwork, endurance, high level foot/eye coordination (which is extremely hard to develop), strong bones, perseverance, a balance of aggressiveness and calmness, rapid foresight (ability to see the play before it happens and move accordingly), fast reflexes, clear understanding of the strategy (to play well or coach. ), instinctive body language reading (to understand where the player may try to move), good ability to communicate under pressure and a natural ability in at least one position (this is the most important, the best are born with ability and develop it, the worst aren't born with a natural ability and have no chance even if they try hard. ) Not to mention a high injury rate, if your not good enough you get hurt. Not knocking other cardio-sports but soccer requires a type of skill not visible in any other game, a near complete reliance on your feet. Name another sport where hands are against the rules to use. And why? Because using feet with fine motor skills and gross motor skill so intermittently is hard and is not for everyone. How many players come from one sport (like Rugby? ) into Soccer? Now how many players can transfer their skill set into Rugby or AFL or NFL from any other team sport? More than Soccer for sure.
I have been playing soccer all f my life. And I can tell you that it is one of the hardest sports. Obviously rugby and gymnastics beat us in strength and endurance, but soccer takes a lot of skill. First you have to be able to sprint around with a ball which might sound easy, but until you have tried sprinting at your fastest speed you cannot talk. Also at a higher level of soccer you are more physical you have girls that are bigger and older than you slide tackling you, tripping you, body checking you, and pushing you down. Soccer also has so many aspect and different roles to make a team function. YOu have to have a goal keeper who needs to be quick on her feet and strong to be able to stop shots that could go over 40 mph. As a defender I have to be able to make the decision when to attack the ball. I need to be quick but also need to hold me ground so I don't get run over by an oncoming attacker. A midfielder needs to have endurance these players are a forward and a defender. So they need to be able to shoot and come back in a matter of seconds. And that leaves the forwards who need to have a lot of skill to work the ball around many defenders and then get a good strike on the ball to send it soaring into the back of the ball. With all of the rules and other things of soccer like throw ins corner kicks and penalty kick I personally think that soccer should be higher than 17.
You need to be really fast to play this sport. This sport requires speed, strength, accuracy, passion, and you have to want it. You need to have so much strength and aggression to play this sport. It requires so much commitment you have to be dedicated to each and every game. You need good stamina and skill to perform soccer. To people who say soccer isn't a physical sport I'd love to see you be pushed, elbowed, kicked, cleated, slapped, punched, bumped, knocked over, slide tackled, and to have it done legally. To play through the pain because you know your team needs you, and do it all without a single complaint. Try it.
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16Wrestling
Wrestling is so hard because of the time and effort into it. I mean anyone can wrestle, however it's the people that can wrestle well who really put the effort and time that the sport requires. People do not understand the preparation it takes to be a wrestler. It's like being in the army. When you are wrestling, you do not even have time to think about what you need to do. You just have to go out there and do it. Of course this takes practice because for your moves to be automatic you must drill them at least 1000 times before getting it perfect. And that is only one part of the sport. When a wrestler is cutting and maintaining their weight, they usually go to sleep on an empty stomach. Cutting weight is very exhausting and sometimes you question why you're even doing it. It's the wrestlers that really want it who drill the hardest all the time, and the ones who push themselves to go run 3 miles a day at least. But these people get unnoticed my the many people surrounding them. They call wrestling homosexual, meanwhile they have no idea what it takes to be a wrestler. Most of the people who criticize would not even come close to have what it takes to be a wrestler.
Wrestling is by far the most difficult sport available. While it is tough to argue about which is more taxing during the actual sport due to everyone insisting their sport is the most difficult, certain things are undeniably harder in wrestling than anywhere else. Swimming may be dufficult becayse you can't always breathe, but in swimming you aren't being choked for 30 seconds fighting off your back. Wrestling demands more physucally from you in a short period of time than any otyer sport. I am more tired after wrestling all out for 5 minutes than after running 5k in cross country or anything else. The factor that really crowns wrestling the king of most difficult sports is the commitment it requires off the mat. Imagine doing any of the sports on the list, now imagine doing that same thing without eating the previous two days because you need to make weight. Also, you have to run for an hour in a 100 degree room in order to lose weight. In the end, wrestling is without a doubt the hardest sport.
One of the hardest sports ever it take so much energy, power, strength it is one on one which makes it harder also you have to be so mentally and physically fit and it takes more skill then any sports
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17Ice Hockey
Being checked into a wall and face planting into the ground and getting hit in the eye with a puck and stick and getting scratched by skates.. People really think hockey isn't hard I have had a major concussion from someone tripping me and I hit my head. I have had a ice skate cut from my wrist to my elbow it hurt like hell
I am telling you when you get into a fight at hockey it is bad, And the worse part is if you get hit in the head you could like have a concussion and get hurt really bad, trust me it is not a weak sport at all in the least bit, it is tough very hard to manage and it takes good quality time and practice!
Should be #1 easily. The top ten on here is the worst list I've ever seen.
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18Boxing
Instead of being sassy and putting up crap like gold and Figure skating I beg you try boxing. You'll think again. Training is extremely hard and you need to be very fit and strong. Sparring/fighting is harder than any other sport, you try getting hit in the face and body while trying to defend yourself, attack the other, keep your guard up, keep moving arond, keep your stamina going, drop combintations and correct punches. That's just the beginning. Strap on a pair of balls and try boxing, you'll most likely fail before you get any good.
ESPN officials agree that boxing is the hardest sport. If some sports authority agree with each other on the demand of sports, why is there even an argument with individuals? These authority figures have witnessed, studied, immersed and fully explored each area of each major sport, even minor ones. Putting this authority argument aside, they have very good reasoning skills when ranking boxing as such a hard sport. ESPN uses 10 key factors when deciding these sport ranks.

1: ENDURANCE
2: STRENGTH
3: POWER
4: SPEED
5: AGILITY
6: FLEXIBILITY
7: NERVE
8: DURABILITY
9: HAND-EYE COORDINATION
10: ANALYTIC APTITUDE

While sports like Gymnastics ranks very high on flexibility, boxing makes the over-all top marks due to the physical demand in every single aspect of these keys. Many sports lack some of these keys almost entirely (like fishing or cheerleading).
People are like gymnastics needs body conditioning what do you think boxing need we get hit all the time if your not focusing you can get a hook so quick it would hit you faster then a bullet and really boxing is 36 it's the most physically demanding every training session we are using every muscle in our body our backs arms legs shoulder forearms neck. Our hearts are strong and we have to be super fit to survive 3 minutes in a ring and the amount of rounds needed, you can end up with broken bones I know I have people have died our minds have to be focused and we need to know what punch our opponent is throwing at us like to see all you try that.
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19Tennis
Tennis is brutal! Tennis requires an incredible amount of skill, the ability to co-ordinate every part of your body from the correct footwork patterns to the smallest manipulation of your wrists whilst hitting a moving ball and throwing your body all over the court.
Next is physical, as its a whole body sport you have to develop every part of your body from both aerobic and anaerobic exercises to power and strength oh and don't forget its both lower and upper body exercises whilst maintaining good flexibility and agility. Very few other sports have to cover as many different areas of the body in order to compete at a high level and also, take into account tennis doesn't have an off season, you train and play throughout the year (unless top 8) your body does get punished. Every sport at a high level has a detrimental affect to the body so there's no need for me to say that tennis players are prone to severe shoulder and hip problems as I know other sports depending on the excessive use of a certain movement will get the same outcome, that's elite sport for you.
Next are conditions and as you will know tennis has many different surfaces, which do all have a significant impact physically and mentally. There's no doubt that the slower the surface (clay/hard) the tougher mentally and physically (strength, aerobic) it is as points last longer and thus affects you mentally, include 40 degree heat and 100% humidity (an extreme but it does occur) then you have a battle on your hand especially mentally, to cope in those conditions are horrible, I'm sure you get the idea. I understand that quicker surfaces are less physically and mentally demanding however it is very minor differences. In some ways you have to have more concentration as generally at the highest level if you lose serve you lose the set and so you have to be extremely focused throughout. You'll also find as the points are shorter and therefore you need to be more powerful and anaerobic in the points. As you can see for both scenarios that's why you need to train every part of the body.
Lets next include the diabolical scoring system. No clock runs out and so you have to do the dirty work and finish someone off, trust me its something which is extremely difficult to do, you can't relax as that can let them back in, you have to be ruthless throughout or you do not succeed. You can win more points then your opponent and still lose. Lets also take into account that you can win 200 points in a game and still not score on the board as it were, you still get a big fat 0 next to your name, unlike most sports where scoring gets you on the board in tennis you need to score on the important points in order to get on the board.
Finally mental. This is where tennis really separates itself from the rest, as I've touched on before the clock doesn't run out, you can't attain an assailable lead and then coast like in a lot of sports, you have to finish your opponent off which mentally takes its toll, this is where choking occurs massively in tennis. The stress that is caused during tennis is immense, if you can imagine a caldron gradually cooking over time with no forms of escape (if you want to win) then that's what tennis is and you have to deal with it as an individual. The pressure to win certain points as some points are bigger than others is extremely high especially as the match prolongs which is the same for every sport the longer it goes on but a goal is a goal in football (soccer) where as its a lot more specific in tennis, there's more meaning on particular points and so causes stress. Because tennis doesn't have a clock, in some cases you can be battling it out for 5 to 6 hours. Also unless your first on in the day you never know when you will play for sure, you have an idea but its very difficult to relax especially when there's a big opportunity, waiting around also drains you mentally so you have to be smart, that's tough mentally. As a tennis player you can only receive money if you win, you don't get a salary like in rugby or football you as an individual have to fight to put food on your table and shelter over your head, oh and if your having a bad day you can't asked to be substituted for someone else, you as an individual have to fight through and find a way to win. Lets also take into account where the money actually is in tennis which is at the top of the game, the self proclaimed top 100. Money at the lower echelons of tennis is diabolical for the standard that's being played, to pay to travel, stay in a hotel and attain transport to and from the event, equipment (shoes, string, bags, racquets, grips etc) and on average a restring at an event is at least €10 times that by at least 6 (saying that you make the middle of the week) you can see as a tennis player at the lower ends you are in debt. Now a lot of people will say that if your not good enough then that's what you deserve but if you take into account there are no teenagers inside the top 100 (mens) and that the average age is 27 then you can also see why tennis is incredibly tough as whilst your plying your trade in order to become a better player for the age of 27 you are constantly losing money and to play under that pressure especially in countries where federations are poor is very very tough. There is no golden ticket to the top, you can't get scouted and bought to play at the top like in football or rugby, you have to earn your place there, grinding through the ranks. Unlike in swimming where you compete in your strength be it freestyle that's not the same for tennis, I can't say to my opponent I only want to hit forehands cross court because that's my strength, you have to hide your weaknesses best and use your strengths and that's where the strategic aspect applies. Yes you can say other sports also have much needed strategy but when your on your own trying to figure out how to beat your opponent with no half time breaks and a rule being your not allowed to talk to coaches during the match, throw in all the above with pressure building and conditions then you can see its extremely tough.
I don't want to sit here and preach how hard tennis is because I know the dedication other sports such as swimming and gymnastics require and the biased view people have towards their sport however as a little golden rule and I'll compare it with swimming, if I stopped tennis and pursued swimming professionally, I could be a lot better and higher ranked swimmer than if a swimmer stopped swimming and pursued tennis professionally as the skill level required is so much higher and there is no doubt about it tennis is a lot tougher than any team sport!
Tennis is definitely a character builder.
Tennis is #20? That is an absolute joke. In a couple of weeks you will probably (once again) see Rafael Nadal play Novak Djokovic in the finals of the Australian Open. As usual, they will play for about 5 1/2 hours in 100-degree weather with no significant stoppage in play (no halftime... No endless basketball timeouts). They might be only a day removed from having both been in similar semi-final matches... Plus the accumulation of punishment from the rest of the tournament... Plus no off-season. Make no mistake about it people, if you tune-in to the Australian Open Finals you will be watching the 2 best athletes on the planet. Period. End of story. I appreciate the grace, strength and focus necessary to be an elite gymnast but their routines are short with long breaks in-between and always in a climate-controlled environment. I could go on and on but the bottom line is pick a gymnast... ANY gymnast and if you think that person is a better athlete than Rafael Nadal then you simply don't know what you're talking about. Do you have any idea what kind of strength (as in the ability to generate power within any given sport), speed, agility, coordination, finesse and super-human endurance you would need to compete in just one Grand Slam tennis tournament? Not to mention the concentration and overall mental focus required. That includes being able to control your emotions in a VERY emotional sport. There's a reason you HAVE to start playing tennis when you're fresh out of diapers and you HAVE to devote your life to it. If you don't, there's only so far you can expect to go. That's why most people burn out after college and don't even consider a pro tennis career. So I don't want to see crap like pole vaulting above tennis. Get real. That would be like if tennis was reduced to a 10-second serving contest and the guy with the hardest serve won. As for some of the other laughable entries into the top-20, they are just too ridiculous for words. Assuming we are talking about what the "hardest sports" are when they are being played at the highest level, the answer to this persistent question is tennis. And it's really not that close.
I cannot believe that tennis is as far down the list as this, honestly I don't think it is the most physical demanding sport but it is by far the hardest mentally. I am a tennis player and I have been playing since I was 4, trying to be a professional! The physical is so hard, you cry, you tear muscles, play through pain, throw up... But this is the same with most sports! I think it's a joke to put ANY team sport before tennis, in a team you can help each other but in tennis you are out there in the sun for 2/3 hours alone!... People that do not play tennis to a reasonable level do not understand how much of tennis is mental and how much pressure is on the players at all times, they don't understand that you could be a set and 5-0 up and lose because of one point where the player losses momentum. I believe overall that tennis is THE most difficult sport to play and it is seriously underestimated.
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20Pole Vaulting
To be a good pole vaulter you have to have the speed of a sprinter, the strength of a thrower, the flexibility of a gymnast, and the vertical jump of a jumper. There is a lot more technique in the pole vault than many people think. I am a pole vaulter in college and jump 17'6" and it took many years to achieve that. Pole vaulting should be number one on this list.
Pole vault is the ultimate test of endurance, strength, and sheer will power. There are so many depended variables in pole vaulting that if one thing isn't satisfactory then it will lead to the entire vault being terrible. Not to mention on how long it takes to improve form to be able to vault higher. Then there's also other factors to be added into vaulting, you have wind, temperature, trying to get on a larger pole. It may not deserve #1 on the the list because I respect gymnastics to be extremely hard but it definitely deserves to be in the top 3.
Pole vault should be way higher. To be a great jumper you need to be great in every area, like running, strength, endurance, etc.. There are so many things you have to do in just one single jump, and you can always improve something. Also not many people can do this because they are too afraid! So not every athletic person can do it. Pole vaulters are definitely special and deserve more recognition.
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21Volleyball
In volleyball you have to sacrifice your body for every single point! I come home from volleyball games covered with huge purple bruises on my arms and legs! It's so easy to get injured and you are constantly diving on the floor to retrieve the ball. It is also very technical! You have to be in the exact right place with your body positioned in the exact right way. One tiny error and the ball is shanked! You are constantly relying on your teammates for everything and you have to be prepared for whatever comes over the net. Volleyball is unpredictable.
I cannot believe some of the sports ranked higher than this. Volleyball is much more demanding than so many of them. You need to have strength in every body part. Legs need to be built and explosive for jumping and squatting to pass. Arms need to be strong to hit the ball or recieve a hard hid. Your abs have to be hard to be able to pike and swing. Your mind has to be string to be able to take the pressure from one game. Communication is key and many of the sports above require none. Communication is difficult and for volleyball it is constantly needed to call the ball call the plays know where te ball is about to go on the other side. The perfection required to win a match is different from many sports. The person who makes the mistake in volleyball is the person who loses the point. Every point ends in a mistake and they add up quickly. No miss serves no miss hits no shakes no off sets. The perfection is demanding. So if any one wants to say volleyball is easy. Let's see you try
Volleyball should definitely be ranked higher. Not only does it involve physical strength and endurance, it also involves lots of mental ability! You have to have to able to communicate, watch the ball, pay attention to the people on the other team and yours, know where to go, and much more all at the same time. Volleyball players throw themselves on the ground and will do anything to make sure that ball doesn't hit the ground. I can't believe it is #25!
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22Power Tumbling
I am a gymnast and I agree that power tumbling should be up closer to number 2 or 3 because there are a lot of people at my gym that do power tumbling and they can get hurt a lot. I have seen people break their arms and legs before in gymnastics AND power tumbling! I is very harsh to watch but I mean I am used to it now so I don't have too worry that much. A lot of people can get hurt but some wont like break any thing but most injuries are from tumbling (especially power tumbling) and gymnastics. I agree that gymnastics is the hardest sport but I am not going to give up because of that! You have to keep trying and maybe you will be an number 1 all a-rounder one day like me! :) Good luck you folks out there and maybe I will see you in the Olympics one day and you will see me too! :P
Power Tumbling should be right up there with Gymnastics. I am a level 8-9 power tumbler and it is SO hard just like gymnastics! We have to practice multiple hours in the gym each week and we condition like crazy. We have to do floor, double mini and trampoline and each has its challenges. Lets see you guys jump on a two level tramp and do a double front on and double full off. We have to get so much power on floor in a couple of steps so we can throw double whips and what not. Not to mention the pain we go through and how much we work for things. Definitely should be up there with Gymnastics.
Power tumbling should definitely be up their further.
I have never seen power tumbling on a list before, because nobody seem to reise how painful and chanllenging it can be!
It's a lot like gymnastics so why isn't it higher!?
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23Football
Perhaps it is harder to throw a person than an object yeah of course, but football requires mental and physical strength. It requires not only physicl prescence but also you have to get hit every play, and get right back up and do it again. For a football play to work 11 pklayers must all be in sync and as a game goes on and you are worn down you must keep going and doing the same thing. It takes a certain type of person to have the courage to collide with another human being at full speed every 30 seconds. You have to have mind and body in sync, reacting quickly is essential nomater how physically gifted someone is. One player makes a mistake it effects the whole team.
Injury happen in almost every game. It has to be the toughest sport!
Football is not just about throwing a ball in the air and catching it! Every play you line up against someone and hit them with all your power as tey do the same. And you must know your routes, blocks, plays, audibles, signals and all. This should be at least top 5.
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24Cycling
Gymnastics is perceived as tough because it draws soft people to the sport. Plain and simple. Cycling isn't about the parcours... it's about the willingness to suffer. I don't care if we're on level ground or a 20% incline, you just have to put out more watts than the guy next to you. Every season (at the amateur level I compete at) requires Thousands of base miles, every minute of which you're being passed too close by cars, sure gymnastics is dangerous if you fall on your head because you screw up just *this* much you're going to end up pretty broken. I could be riding along, in a straight line on the shoulder of the road, and at any moment a 3700 pound hunk of aluminum and steel traveling at 50 miles per hour can slam into me from behind. I never go more than two weeks without hearing of a major paralysis or death in the racing community. I was involved in a major crash (in my 3rd race ever) broke 3 vertebrae, and was pissed because I snapped my $3500 bike in half, and couldn't finish the race, not about the next six weeks I would spend wearing a TLSO back brace in excruciating pain, and skipping the pain meds because they made me feel dizzy.

In 10 weeks, I line up for the Tour of the Battenkill, It's not as tough as they make it out to be, unless there's someone with a delusion of gory on the front of the peloton (read: everyone there) pushing the pace upwards of 30mph. Everyone in my race, all 100 of us will have been training for this race since the end of last season, strategic rest, interval workouts, I ride six days a week, and sometimes on a trainer in my living room which is possibly the most mind numbing experience. I eat better than anyone else I know, and consume upwards of 4,000 calories a day (keep in mind, I'm targeting to drop 10 lbs by race day without losing any wattage) Frankly, at my level you have to live cycling, to do it professionally, you have to be dedicated to the sport for over a decade before you might have a chance to ride for a pro team, and even then you'll be a domestique... cannon fodder a role that no other sport has. There is no doubt that cycling is the hardest sport at any level. It's simply a pissing contest of who can suffer the most.
Cycling is without a doubt the hardest sport. You have to cycle 199km ( olympics) against wind and most of the time uphill and still find the strenght at the last km to sprint. It takes lots of mental strenght because you have to fight the pain in your legs. By the way this pain is not the pain you feel when you run your hardest this is the pain of feeling your legs literally almost fall of. This sport takes lots of training and is increadibly stressful and is THE hardest sport.
Tour de France hardest physical test in the world, fact
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25Synchronized Swimming
My experience as a synchronized swimmer
I'm standing outside the pool nervous as heck. we are all in position to jump into the pool, we have a few seconds until jumping in and I can't even breathe properly if I mess up even the smallest bit I will let my whole team down. If my noseclip comes off it's over. If I run out of breath and I come up it's over. If I touch the bottom even for a second big penalty. All these thoughts running through my head as I Stare at the pool. And the music starts I start counting non stop I won't stop counting for 3 and a half minutes if I mess up the counts I'd mess everything up. I jump in the water on count I can't see a thing the water was so cold it knocked the air out of me but I have a lift to attend to so no time to breath. I grab the bases foot as my base grabs the flyer my other foot girl kicks me and the shins girl slaps me in the face luckily my noseclip didn't come off. I can't see anything and I'm still underwater counting and eggbeatering with my legs we rush up on 1 which is hardcore eggbeatering then on 5 we use all our arm strength to push our base and flyer out of the water. And two counts later we finally get to breathe! We eggbeater keeping ourselves as high above as we can while lifting our arms up in the air each on counts also making sure we're in the right pattern while traveling forward as much as we can to get to the other end of the pool for the first lap. And as always smiling our fake plastic smiles bigger than anything. So fast! The time to be out of the water is over we jump and go back under to a different lift I grab the flyer as I'm a base and grab her shoulders and my 2 partners keep me up by eggbeatering then on 1 I use all my strength to push my flyer up into an arch then push her to her spot in the pattern. We all get into patter I still haven't had a breath and I can't see anything just blurs my eyes are burning from the chlorine I've been Counting the whole routine nonstop. Already tired comes my first hybrid the never ending hybrid. The worst of all. I smile as I come up and take one breath. I go under for a hybrid I count and move on each count I support scull furiously while doing this and my arms burn I'm holding my breath and I feel like passing out I can't see a thing. I still have 3 laps and 1 minute 30 seconds left of the routine. I obviously couldn't talk for the whole routine it would be too long. But imagine doing this at competition not once but however many routines your competing in and on top of it do nerve racking figures. ~synchro swimmer from Texas
If I let my whole team down the would be the worst. If my noseclip comes off it's over. If I run out of breath and I come up it's over. If I touch the bottom even for a second big penalty. All these thoughts running through my head as I Stare at the pool. And the music starts I start counting non stop I won't stop counting for 3 and a half minutes if I mess up the counts I'd mess everything up. I jump in the water on count I can't see a thing the water was so cold it knocked the air out of me but I have a lift to attend to so no time to breath. I grab the bases foot as my base grabs the flyer my other foot girl kicks me and the shins girl slaps me in the face luckily my noseclip didn't come off. I can't see anything and I'm still underwater counting and eggbeatering with my legs we rush up on 1 which is hardcore eggbeatering then on 5 we use all our arm strength to push our base and flyer out of the water. And two counts later we finally get to breathe! We eggbeater keeping ourselves as high above as we can while lifting our arms up in the air each on counts also making sure we're in the right pattern while traveling forward as much as we can to get to the other end of the pool for the first lap. And as always smiling our fake plastic smiles bigger than anything. So fast! The time to be out of the water is over we jump and go back under to a different lift I grab the flyer as I'm a base and grab her shoulders and my 2 partners keep me up by eggbeatering then on 1 I use all my strength to push my flyer up into an arch then push her to her spot in the pattern. We all get into patter I still haven't had a breath and I can't see anything just blurs my eyes are burning from the chlorine I've been Counting the whole routine nonstop. Already tired comes my first hybrid the never ending hybrid. The worst of all. I smile as I come up and take one breath. I go under for a hybrid I count and move on each count I support scull furiously while doing this and my arms burn I'm holding my breath and I feel like passing out I can't see a thing. I still have 3 laps and 1 minute 30 seconds left of the routine. I obviously couldn't talk for the whole routine it would be too long. But imagine doing this at competition not once but however many routines your competing in and on top of it do nerve racking figures
Synchronized swimming is only 31st because not a lot of people know about it. Synchro is an extremely demanding sport, and we have to work our butts off at each and every practice. No 'fun' practices, just work, work, work. Synchronized swimming is harder than regular swimming, because we have to be good swimmers too, fast and coordinated. We do laps and laps, contrarily to popular belief. We do sprints, we do anything that will make us faster, stronger, and fitter. But on top of that, we do tons of eggbeater drills, we have to stay on count in routine, count the music, check our pattern, make sure we have good extension, keep our shoulders dry in eggbeater, scull the entire time. Synchro couldn't even be compared to swimming or dance. And I can't believe that competitive dancing is way up in the top ten. Synchro requires every muscle in the body, most of which are never used in life, so that means even more training to get those muscles developed. Synchro is all about body control, and requires mostly core strength, to tighten everything so you don't wobble, to keep everything stable. This sport required a lot of arm strength, to keep your legs out of the water upside down. Leg strength to keep your shoulders dry in eggbeater, and to get your cotch dry in body boosts, also to get those highlights super high. You need to be extremely flexible, oversplits in all three legs, so you're flat upside down in splits, back flexibility is also required for figures.. You need great extension in arms and legs, to keep your legs completely straight and your toes nicely pointed, your arms straight all the way to your fingers, and an extended body in every skill. Thinking plays a major part in synchronized swimming, because you have to first, count to the music, then make sure you're doing what you're supposed to on the right count, you have to make sure you're in pattern, extending your arms, legs, and body, all at the same time. And this is a team sport. Everything is relying on you to remember everything, and to make it look good. And the hardest part in routine, I find is making everything look easy, and pretty, keeping that smile on your face the entire time, keeping that level of energy rocket high, captivating the judges and the audiences attention even though you feel like collapsing and dying. And with all that said, I haven't even mentioned the part where we have to hold our breath after breathing for only five seconds.
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26Track and Field
Shotput requires more than just throwing some heavy ball (which is what most people think), it requires technique, patience, diligence, and strength... Emphasis on technique. I've been doing shotput for almost 5 years now. It is so hard and you have to work on your form everyday. Even the pros have a tough time touching up their forms. You can't just rely on muscle strengths; you rely on your hips, your speed in the ring, where your arms go, etc. Every little thing you do in the ring affects where the ball goes. Oh, and there's plenty of conditioning and weight lifting involved. You don't have to be big and strong to do this sport. You just have to be fit and determined to stick with it.
I can't believe this isn't higher on the list. Most people do not realize the kind of intensity this sport brings. You constantly must train and its like power lifting, giving 100% all the time just for micro progression. And during races it is extremely taxing on the body, you must have a well built cardio vascular system as well as muscle growth. Have you ever tried SPRINTING a QUARTER OF A MILE in 48 seconds? Most other athletes only have to worry about 100 meters much less 400 meters (1600 meters in 1 mile)
Running takes complete dedication. Meaning everyday moderately or power-training 3 times a week. A healthy lifestyle and so much heart. For the field part you have to have strength and precision. It is very tough.
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27Mountain Climbing
I don't believe that people consider golf harder then mountain climbing. That seems like a bunch of crap to me.
Its hard more than you could imagine, don't ever look down or you will fall down

ronluna

I do mountain climbing, I also do or have done water polo gymnastics, golf, horseback riding, tennis and skiing and mountain climbing's the hardest by a mile!
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28Long-distance Triathlon
I don't think most of you have even done a twelve hour race before? Swim 2.4 miles, bike 112 miles, run 26.2 miles, and then brag for the rest of your life. Not the average Joe can do one. The Ironman Triathlon is the toughest race in the world. Often called the hardest day in sport. It is not a sport for the weak minded. After a while, the body shut downs and the only thing keeping you moving is your mind. With high drop out rates, many question if they could even finish after racing a few hours into the race. Nutrition and hydration is key to a great race. This sport combines three tough sports into a monster challenge.
This is without a doubt the most difficult, grueling sport that anyone could ever possibly imagine. I have been a competitive swimmer for most of my life, and have recently completed only sprint triathlons (of which have completely destroyed me. ) If I had to list the most grueling sports I would put cycling 1st and swimming 2nd; but combining them into a long distance event and adding a marathon at the end to make an Ironman triathlon? And THE TRAINING? Absolute hell, day in and day out. THIS IS NUMBER 1!
This is a joke. It's 51st. You swim 2.4 Miles, at least am hour, bike 112 mile, 5-6 Hours, and then run a marathon in 4 Hour. 12 Hours of hell in one day. This is with proper training and working your butt off everyday. You are dead at the end, in the middle, right after the swim but you continue, push through the pain and only then are you an ironman
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29Lacrosse
You are being charged at be very large defenders, have to sprint into a shot distance, then you have to take a shot, at a goalie, who has a better chance of keeping the ball out, then you getting the ball in. Tell me that isn't hard? Oh, and almost every hit you can think of is legal.
more like a 6ft pole held by a 300lb defender and a 2-3lb ball being tossed at over 90mph. Then, to make things worse, you have no protection other than a helmet and some optional shoulder/arm pads ;)
Have to be a great all around athlete to play. I've done every time type of sport to train for lacrosse. Requires physical and mental preparation and focus. Yeah baseball is hard but we don't have to hit the fastball we have to catch it on the run in a six inch basket that is attached to the end of a long stick. So much fun to play though!
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30Golf
I have heard that PGA professionals like Tiger Woods always hits hundreds of balls every day and becoming proficient in golf requires lifelong dedication. Golf is not a casual game, and mastering the basic sub-games within golf requires dedication and commitment:
To play bogie golf (a score of 90 or less), most experts estimate that it takes an average player six years of regular play and weekly golf lessons. On the golf channel they claim that an average proficient golfer takes about 300 weekly lessons while playing at least 32 holes per week over a period of many years. This is a major investment of time, over 20,000 hours of practice. For example, if you take 5 hours to play 18 holes, you are looking at a time investment of at least 10 hours per week, 40 hours per month, totaling 360 hours of yearly practice. It's not just a sport, it's a second job.
Golf is not a physically, but a mentally demanding Sport. I think it's safe to say, that Golf is the most frustrating sport you'll ever try. Of course, like any other sport it requires practice and concentration, but the club, the ball, the wind and the soil can be unforgiving! Even if it's just a small tap to get the ball into the hole, a stroke is a stroke! So every move has to be planned from the Drive to the Putt, and if you choke you can consider it a lost hole.
I know, some of you think, that a sport has to be physically challenging and sometimes risky. Golf is all about mental strength, sometimes a mental breakdown is way worse than an injury! (But really, you should try it! )
Golf is by far the hardest sport out there, it takes time, determination, and most of all, pure concentration. The slightest twist of your hand can make or break the shot, or even the entire round! Instead of playing with teammates and getting confidence from them, you have to believe only in yourself that you can make every shot a good one.
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31Skiing
Okay I honestly hate it when people think skiing is easy like seriously get some skis on and try going through a slalom course. Skiing takes up every muscle in you body including your mind. First of all your in a spandex suit in the freezing cold weather which can get your nerves up and make you tired. Then you have to wait at the top of the mountain expecting the course thinking of all the things you need to do. Then when you get out of the gate you want to ski as fast as possible and you have to use every ounce of your strength to do so. You have to push lean forward and cross block gates and if you close enough to a hate while you cross block it, it may hit you which is a good thing. I have so many bruises on my back and arms and knees and shoulders from skiing. Then when your going down the hill you have to roll your ankles and knees to get the perfect edge around the gate and while your getting your edge you have to cross block the gates lean forward look at whats coming next and go fast. It takes so much endurance to ski and it's a mind game. People think that alpine ski racing is like normal skiing but it's nothing like it. There is so much added thing and it sure does take skill and time to be able to do it. I practice every day for 5 hours. And I have school and friends and family on top of that and I push it all aside for skiing. If you still don't think skiing is at least on the top 10 hardest sports list, do me a favor and watch the Sochi Winter Olympics
The reason this isn't higher on the list is because many people are not aware of all that goes on in the sport of skiing; especially racing. I'm out on the hill every day in the winter and at the gym every day in the off season. We stand at the top of mountains in nothing but a suit of spandex waiting for our burst out of the gate in temperatures people shouldn't be exposed to. Last year, I was going down a speed trap and I was radared tumbling down the hill @ 72 mph. Legit! It's a definite mind game. You have to go all out all the time, every time. So many people die each year from racing and ski JUMPING alike. Have you seen those jumps? You would have an anxiety attack just standing at the top of one! Skiing requires coordination of everything, balance forward on your toes on two simple planks on a hill, focus on your course and your edge angles, and most importantly, knowing that you have to do WHATEVER it takes to get down as FAST as you can.
50 kilometres and 7.3 m/s average speeds, down to minus 20 degrees Celsius or even colder, Top 10 athletes in max oxygen uptake: 5 are cross country skiers 4 are cyclists and one is a runner. I recently saw a 15 pursuit where the winner fell over the finish line like a potato sack and had to be dragged out of the finish area as if he was dead.
Personal peak levels when it comes to technique takes decades to achieve often.
If a grown up/youth starts from scratch they would run faster than skiing in the first 2 - 3 years or more, imagine the people averaging almost 9 m/s in a 10 km race then (10 km running record is 6.3 m/s, and that's on a track)...
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32Synchronized Skating
If you think this sounds easy, think again. This sport requires usually 10 - 20 skilled figure skaters on the ice at once, all holding on to each other forming lines, circles, pinwheels, and more. If one skater falls, often other skaters will fall on top of each other. Every movement you make must be completely in sync, on beat, and in time with the music. You need to be powerful and graceful. People have gotten SERIOUS injuries from synchronized skating. I know one girl whose finger was cut off because she fell and the skater next to her accidentally stepped on her hand. It takes great determination and skill, so I believe it should be ranked much higher.
Many people only see what goes on above the surface of the water, while below the swimmers legs, and arms are constantly moving to keep them afloat. While it may look easy, and hopefully graceful above the water, the swimmers are so close together you are being constantly kicked, scratched, and punched by your fellow teammates. We spend up to 8 hours or more per day to perfect and make sure each swimmer looks exactly the same and is on beat with the music. And along with making sure you are in time with music, where you are supposed to be in relation to your teammates, and doing certain movements to to the music, you must hold your breath for more than 30 seconds at a time. And contrary to what many peoe believe it is a sport.

33Formula 1
In order to drive a Formula 1 car competitively, you need be concentrating 100% all the time - if you even get distracted for a fraction of a second you will crash and probably get injured or even die, but while you're doing that you also need to be thinking about everything around you and how it will affect your driving, and you need to be thinking about strategies and tactics that are changing all the time. All while traveling at an average speed of up to 270km/h. At speeds like that, the g-forces experienced on fast corners are equivalent to having your own body weight or greater pressing down on your neck and face. And you're being subjected to that at least once every minute, for 2 hours.
Not to mention, you need to have a really good brain for physics and engineering, to help design and set up the car for your driving style
Formula 1 is undoubtedly the toughest sport on the planet, people have died over the years and despite very high safety standards serious injuries continue. Drivers get paid millions of dollars for a reason and very few ever even make into F1 as only the very fastest and strongest race drives in the world are selected, so the level of competition is unlike any other sport.
The amount of stress your body goes through is much greater than any other sport. A F1 driver typically loses 10L of water every race, and is subjected to as much as 5 times his bodyweight each lap. Under these conditions the driver must make split second decisions at over 300kmhr and maintain his awareness. The concentration levels required every second under the stress they are subjected to is the most out of any sport.
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34Soccer
Gymnastics and swimming are harder than football but seriously soccer players are the smaest people, study shows it, it should be in the top 5. Football requires talent, speed, agility, endurance, on the spot decision making, intelligence, practice, accuracy, being aware of everything that's going on around you, bravery, skills, muscle in every part of your body, balance, etc. Go to 1 of my practices and maybeyou'll get a slight understanding of what we soccer players go through everyday sometimes even twice a day.
I play soccer, I'm the best dribbler on the team my coach says and at a soccer camp last summer they made me go up an age group. Soccer is the 1 of the hardest sports out there. Think about it.
Soccer is way harder then any other sport. You need to be mently strong and physically
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35Olympic Weightlifting
Suprised to see oly this low, probably due to its utter lack of popularity outside crossfit circles (and communist countries). a lot of "best at exercising" type sports ahead of it on this list, which I don't really agree with skill wise. Requires all the technique of a golf swing, a surprising amount of flexibility, and, of course, insane strength. Plus, years of dedication are required to even begin to generate the degree of adaptation necessary to compete at a high level.
The most explosive sport in the world. One needs to be extremely proficient with the technique in both the snatch and clean and jerk in order to succeed in this sport. Technique is important, but so is the immense of amount of power and strength required as well.

36Ballet
Ballet is a lot harder than it sounds! You must have a lot of muscle control and it can take years to develop this control. Your inner leg muscles are nessicary to keep your legs together and to balance you during turns. It should be at least in the top 20!
Ballet isn't a all easy sport. At first, I though it would be easy, but I tried it and its painful (full of cramps and muscle pulling). My worst of all weakness of ballet is posture. One of the hardest things to do.
Ballet is extremely hard! It should be the first one on this list.
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37Baseball
Mentally and physically, nobody can argue this. If you don't believe me, go try to hit a ball coming towards you at a speed of 95 mph, thrown from a distance of 60 feet. You have less than 0.45 seconds to react. But that is not the only thing. You need to be able to field/catch the ball, then throw it back, sometimes at distance of mare than 120 feet. You also need to run on the bases, so your team can make runs. The best players in the world manage to reach base safely 3 times out of 10. In which other sport can you succeed 30% of the time and be a star. Baseball has no clock, so a winning team must play until the last out, and the losing team is in the game as long as they are still trying. You can't kneel as in that stupid sport the American call "football" (where, by the way, they rarely use their 'foot').

Pitching a baseball is as hard, if not harder, than hitting it. An elite major league pitcher rotates his arm in speeds in excess of 20 rotations per second. The pitcher needs to deploy a force of a few hundred pounds. Also, the pitcher must be able to throw a variety of breaking balls, which are really hard for the wrist and the shoulder.

Overall, all other sports fall short of baseball in almost every point: gameplay, endurance (try throwing 90 pitches, like an average starter), strength and power (try hitting a ball 400 feet), and agility (try stopping a grounder coming at a speed in excess of 100 mph).
As far as difficulty, Baseball is near the top.

Not many people can hit a 90mph pitch day in and day out.
And that is the main part of the game. Not to mention throwing, catching, running, jumping, and fielding balls in the air and on the ground.

Whereas sports like American Football require only physical abilities, not skills.
People don't understand how difficult baseball is because the only people they watch are people that have been playing it for years. Hitting a round ball with a round bat is one of the hardest things to do and coming at even 80's makes it difficult. Baseball is the only sport where failing 70% of the time makes you a good player, that's why baseball is the hardest sport. Just think about it, maybe ask one of your varsity baseball friends to pitch to you, good luck. Baseball is chess, not checkers
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38Competitive Aerobic Gymnastics
There are many difficult techniques. Slao it requires strength, flexibility, and jumping ability.
This should be be for cheer

39Competitive Baton Twirling
This is the not even a sport.
This should absolutely be Higher! You trying throwing a baton up spinning 4 times and then catching it! You try letting it roll around you body with out using hands and letting it stay there. You have to be flexible and have a ton of hand-eye coordination. We compete as much as gymnasts do! We have regular competitions, Nationals, Junior Olympics, and Worlds! How can this not be a sport to people? People think that throwing a baton up in the air is easy, but they don't know how much pain, and practice it takes. Baton twirling is one of the hardest sports to master. Any baton twirler could do probably any of these sports, but I doubt they could twirl a baton. It takes agility and you have to have a really good reaction. I've been hit in the back of the head with three batons. In this sport you get bruises, Sprained limbs, Cuts, Concussions. Give this sport more appreciation!
It takes everything dance and gymnastics does, and then some.
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40Skateboarding
How can this not be in the top ten? I guess you can never truly understand unless you actually do it. I play a lot of sports. Most are on this list, but none of them compare to skateboarding. You are outside for endless hours of the day trying to land one trick. It takes forever to be considered good. It is also physically demanding and painful. Out of all the sports I have played which include football, basketball, boxing etc. I think skateboarding is the most painful. When you fall it hurts a lot. In fact nearly all of my most painful memories are from skating. Not only that, but it is an incredible workout. Pushing around for hours and doing tricks is not easy and very tiring, and frustrating. I think skateboarding is underrated. The amount of dedication and strength to be good is insane. It should definitely be in the top ten at least.
Okay how exactly is this not in the top 3? Skateboarding is not just riding down some hill. It takes years of practice to get decent where as other sports don't take that much dedication. I have 6 sponsores id like whoever thinks the sport is worth 25th to learn a decent trick then ask yourself what number it should be.
Are you actually serious? Skateboarding isn't even top 10? Just show how many people aren't even dedicated enough to even try it, everyone learns how to, skate on ice, swim, bike, do a cartwheel, kick a ball while running, not everyone can stand on a skateboard for even a minute n go 10 feet actually rediculous how many people forget about skateboarding and don't even recognize what it takes to "simply" get sponsored.
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41Bodybuilding
Every other sport in the world is a one time thing. You go out there and you play one game and then you go home and relax, its all over. Bodybuilding is a 24/7 sport. You are constantly doing something to be on that stage. I have played soccer, hockey, and football. None of them even come close to bodybuilding. You need to diet constantly even on your off season, you need endurance, discipline, 12-15( at least) years of hard work and dedication followed by another 10-20 if you want to continue bodybuilding and try to place higher in the Olympia. What other sport ever requires that. You also need to push your self past the limit. That isn't required by many other sports. Why do you think that there are only like 100 IFBB pro bodybuilders and 1500 pro football players?
I can't believe that bodybuilding is not closer to No. 1. The amount of will power it takes to lift those god damn weights is impossible to comprehend.
This sport is so under rated on this website! I my self am a bodybuilder and it has so many different aspects you must take into consideration. Bodybuilding is not only lifting weights, it strict technique and determination. Your workouts, diet, supplement intake and resting times are vital and without even one of these components, you will fail in the sport! Bodybuilders may have extremely strong muscles, but their mind beats all others. Truly a sport that calls for sheer determination as well as motivation!

It in my opinion is a disgrace that it is below sports such as football, popularity has obviously taken part in the heir achy here!
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42Rhythmic Gymnastics
Rhythmic gymnastics is not just a sport, it's a sport that includes lots of tears and lots of strength. It does look very pretty and all of that but it's very painful and each rhythmic gymnast gets an injury... But I love it and I will fight. By the way it's not just twirling a ribbon how you would think! It's hard since you have to start at early age (around 6-7), have to have flexibility, have to have incredible high jumps, have to have great balance, have to have great spins(up to 7 spins with leg in front, leg 180 degrees, leg at the back and loads of other spins) and a rhythmic gymnast has to have strong arms since she has to throw her equipment up to the ceiling (around 6 metres up) and so she could stand on her hands. Thanks for reading. Rhythmic gymnastics to my opinion is hard what about you?
Rhythmic gymnastics is wayy harder than you think it is. How many people can make their back bend so that their head touches their butt.

43Synchronized Diving
Synchronized diving is the hardest thing I've ever done. Diving by itself is the hardest sport I've ever done. I did gymnastics for 8 years and made it to level 8 and I just started diving about have a year ago and it's WAY harder. And I was at a top five ranked gym in the country and diving is stil wayy harder. You have no time to show anything unlike other sports who have more time to prove yourself. Smacking hurts like hell. It feels like your falling onto concrete that isn't an exaggeration. But I love diving! It's my favorite sport in the world and I would highly recommend it to a commited and tough person!

44Free Running
Freerunning and parkour are two of the most underrated sports out their it seems ( in the U.S.A. at least). These two sports take a mssive amount of dedication to be good at them. Which includes working out every day, eating healthy, and practicing for multiple hours on end. For instance you can't just do a 360 back flip, or do a front flip over a 30ft drop to a ledge that is 8 ft away. Or lifting your body up horizontaly from the ground by grabbing on to somthing that's beside you and then climb it while your horizontel only using your arms and core.
Okay truth is in free running your practically jumping from 50 ft in the air while doing flips. Can anyone else do that? This is how free runners travel from A to B in an efficient way. Many times you deal with life and death in this sport
I do lots of running I have come 3rd 2nd and 2nd again you have to keep up the stammer and you need to get your breathing right and get your pass right and a couple of times I have to pull out as I have been sick will I was running as I missed out in the cored breathing
RUNNING SHOULD BE NUMBER 1
RUNNING IS so HARD.
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45UFC (Ultimate Fight Championship)
I bet if any athlete from another sport who never did martial arts will fail if they try this sport, trust me few people can survive five, five minute rounds trying to throw strikes and takedowns, while trying to not get KO'D or submitted, the people who do this sport are the most athletic athletes ever, don't bleive me, watch UFC and read some quotes about UFC fighters.
This sport is one of the most demanding out there not only do you have to stay in amazing physical shape to compete but you also have to perfect your striking clinch and ground game ide really enjoy seeing any other type of athlete try to endure a day session with the pros there sessions are usually 2 times a day with sparring in between and they don't do any easy light workout its all circiut work for the most part I'm in training right now and my whole entire body is sore and especially my rib cage from all the body shots
Have you seen how much hard sweat and practice these guys do? This almost inhumane. And at the fights you see blood and sometimes broken bones. You have to know at least two fighting style, one standing and the other grapaling(somewhat wrestling) with the eaither your screwed. You to learn strikes, counters, and blocks to every move possible. A lot to remember, and a lot of adrenaline.
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46Ice Skating (Freestyle)
I've been figure skating ever since I was four. This sport takes determination, strength, and flexibility. It may seem effortless, but it is the hardest sport I know. You spin so fast your arms and legs are pulled from you. It takes years of training to get to jumps. If you think it is easy, try standing on a single blade, with one leg higher than your head. If you think it is easy, try jumping three feet off the ground, spinning in the air, and landing on one foot. If you think. It is easy, try getting to the rink, day in and day out, skating for hours without taking a break. After that, do fifty push-up sand fifty sit-ups. Then try lifting your leg far above your head. Now do think it is easy.
I can tell you a thing or 2. Gymnastics is #1 and there's nothing you can do about it. So suck it. And I love how some people just swear that gymnastics isn't a sport. Oh its a sport. My gym gets there conditioning from the military. You can see some gymnasts 6-packs through their leos. Plus, if you think " by far I think baseball is the hardest sport ", then obviously you haven't done gymnastics. Bye bye losers
I'm actually very pleased by this coming in 50th because I have done MANY sports in my life like softball, basketball, volleyball, freestyle ice scating, competition cheer, lacrosse, gymnastics and swimming personally I agree with freestyle in 50 uh softball should be in top 20 cheer lacrosse and swimming are okay the only thing is swimming should be a little farther down but you know what that's fine gymnnastics yea its a hard sport I'm not sure about being number one but again that one is fine I just really am disappointed and also shocked about where some sports are a lot of people think figure scating is like freestyle ice scating but it's not they're different but should both be plased at 50 but I guess that's all I'm saying thanks for reading
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47Softball
Softball is a hard sport but very fun my time playing softball was both fun and hard if you play I recommend pitcher, 3rd base and if you play travel than left field softball is a great sport never give up or down on yourself always try to improve softball is really 90% mental and 10% physical I really hope this comment encourages you to try softball
People think softball is easy will it's not. It is proven that a softball batter has 20% less time to swing than a baseball player. Also everything else happens faster in softball. Anywhere you play is hard I would encourage you to try!
Softball is an amazing sport its my favorite! If you never play you will never know how fun it is!
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48Diving
When I first started diving I quit after the second day because the practices were so long! Now I rejoined and every year practices get harder and harder. So many people think that if the can just do a flip off a diving board then they would be an excellent diver but they are dead wrong! Diving isn't about chucking dives off a board. You have to first Learn the dive improve it and remember to always point your toes at meets pointing your toes can make your dive look so much cleaner! And after around 4 yers of diving I still don't even know all of the rules and can't get higher than a 4 on some dives, especially front dives ( it's my worst dive by far! )
Diving is a super hard sport! Its practically doing gymnastics into the pool except you have the threat of hitting the board! There are so many injuries and deaths in diving. It is such a super hard and risky sport!
Diving is defiantly the most technical sport. I coach diving at the USA level and NCAA D1 level. After 20 years of coaching, I'm still learning.
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49Badminton
Badminton can be one of the most exciting sports to play. Its a strong mental and physical game, knowing when to use the right stroke in the right place and at the right time. However, it also emphazises the use of footwork. Overall, Badminton can be a very fast paced sport with a good player with shots going almost 300km/h. If you don't believe me give it a shot yourself.
Fastest sport.requires lot of stamina and wrist power
As well as need great athletic skills strong legs.needs fast reflexes and flexibility.good for health requires lot of training.and its interesting to watchd due to the deception used n the matches ar never as long as tennis
This is the worlds worst sports. It is duplicate, inappropriate etc. It has very easy footwork, shots, drop etc. It is the worlds dumbest sport.
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50Basketball
Basketball isn't easy to play. Because you can always get injury by playing basketball I am a basketball player and I play really hard that sometimes I get my ankle hurt...

And if you want to be a basketball player you have to have all the skill to fit in the game...
You have to go to your practice at all times
People run 12 to 15 laps for their practice and that's what we do in our team.. To just get our skill motivated in the game, we run 5 laps every practice and we add and add to be more faster at running.
Heres the thing about Basketball many people don't understand. Whether you play professionally or just at your average pickup game... You're going to get hit, hit hard in your face, sternum, hip or wherever seems vulnerable. This applies to ballers who are very talented as well because its hard to stay in front of someone when they are good without fouling. You can also roll your ankle occasionally.
Basketball is a sport that is 90 mental and 10 physical, it takes years of practice just to be ok... Basketball is very very challenging both mentally and physically, and when come game time comes the... PRESSURE!
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51Kickboxing

52Rock Climbing

53Xtreme Martial Arts
It is what it is xtreme you do the number 1 thing but you are spinning around a bo staff or nunchuck or a sword plus people get insane injurys like if you get hit in the head with a bo you are out
Its a combo of gymnastic the number one thing and the number 11 thing only its harder
This is the hardest sport beside mottocross and bull riding you, get hit in the head with a bow staff then you could have to go to the hospital yoy could die by a sword

54BMX Racing
BMX racing is actually a very hard, competitive sport that requires dedication, strength, speed, and the ability to function under pressure. Everyone is always getting faster, and you need to keep up. Training everyday is necessary, and if you don't, you fall behind. For everyday you don't ride, it takes two days to catch up to the others. If you don't ride for a month, it'll take two months to catch up and so on.
I do believe Bmx is one of the hardest competitive sports out there. Everyone thinks its so easy until they get out on the track and try it for themselves. Ask any parent that has tried they'll say its not as easy as it looks. Racing Bmx takes a lot of hard work and dedication. You need to be able to complete moves and passes within A split second.
BMX is such a hard sport! You are always having to keep your head in the game, and in big races, if you make one little mistake, the person behind you will take advantage and might pass you.

55Australian Rules Football
AFL will never top these lists because it is only really played at its highest level in Australia and it is population is to small to vote it higher but when you combine a full contact sport with athletes who run up to 20 Kilometers a game and a game that is played in temperatures ranging from 100 degrees F at the start of the season to full mid winter rain storms and mud, you have a tough game.
"The fitness, speed, courage and power needed to play AFL at the top levels are extraordinary. It's such a misunderstood sport that needs the best of the best athletes.
Play this game with full contact and no pading for 2 hours

56Judo
Cannot believe judo is not higher on this list. For starters, the practice is grueling. We train in all sorts of weather: in the summer the dojo (place we train) is extra hot, then in addition we have to wear our gi's (judo suits), which can total up to about a kilo in additional weight. In the winter the mats seem harder because its colder.

We have to be ready to fall whenever! In competitions, if you get thrown you land on your back with someone who weighs the same of you on top of you. You guys go try that and tell me it isn't hard.
Judo should be number 1. You can lose in 1 second and you are sore all the time.
Man it is the hardest sport

57Rollerblading
Very hard at first and then after a while you will get the surely hang of it!

58Mountain Biking
High speeds, rough rooty and rocky sections, trails barley wide enough for your handle bars, high speed crashes, steep hill climbs and decents, and is done in any weather

59Short Course Triathlon

60Field Hockey
You're constantly running for up to an hour without stopping, while holding a heavy stick in you hand. Then your trying to hit a very hard tiny ball with that stick all while evading the opposing teams players. On turf the ball travels extremely fast and you've got to run harder to keep up with it. Also sticks are flying everywhere and you can easily get a concussion, break, and if your goggles are great, you can get your eye taken out. And all while wearing a kilt.
You're sprinting, trying to block one or more people away and trying to go in for the score keeping in mind you might have to outsmart the goalie all at the same time. It's so fast and you need stick skills to prosper. You now need goggles because without them many people got concussions.

61Snowboarding
Definitely the hardest sport, been snowboarding for years and still can't play like a pro

62Netball
Netball is a very hard sport although heaps of people think its for girls and so on... But I can guarantee you no boy is able to play is well as girls or women their age. You have to think loads and run heaps, quick moves and smart people tend to play netball. I think netball should at least be to 10! If you think netball is easy go out there and play against girls or women your age and then talk!
Netball is hard it takes mental strength and quick clever thinking to react it is much like basketball but adjusted so women can play
It isn't extremly hard but we play on concrete not grass like all the boys! Just putting it out there!

63Trampolining
Hard work really hard! I even doing this sport for years it takes a lot of practice with the risk of landing on your neck in a triple somersault.
I think this sport is extremely hard and it should be much closer!

64Ski Jumping

65Polo (Horse)
This is the hardest and most tiring sport

66Sailing
You may all think that sailing is just sitting in a boat and moving a little. Your totally wrong. It takes mental and physical strength to sail. You need to know what your doing otherwise it will be one of the worst days of your life. I sail and its taken me 9 years just to become good and if you don't think sailing is a sport you try it.
Imagine doing a wall sit and a sit-up at the same time while getting sprayed at by a hose. That's sailing
Try it and I guarantee. You will say it is hard and not just sitting down so don't say it's crap until you've tried it because it is very hard and impossible to sail perfectly
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67Speedskating
How is this not #1? It looks so easy when you watch races on T.V., but you should try getting in the basic position. It's not just about having thunder thighs. Each stroke uses your core. You need endurance, speed, crazy agility, and mind set. So much harder than running, you have no idea.

68Sport Jujutsu
Its really hard to roll around with other people bigger than you and have to be aware of someone getting you in a arm bar and snapind your arm in 3 places

69Hurling

70Skydiving

71Yacht Racing
Is that even a thing? Bahaahha.
Yacht racing is hard.

72Snooker
Having played most sports at least once and many quite a lot, I would rank snooker as technically the hardest. There are endless types of shots to master, screw, topspin, Running side, check side, reverse side screws shots, swerve shots, stun shot, stun run through, long pots, short pots, thin cuts, plants, doubles, safety shots, cannons, I could go on. Different implements have to be mastered like the rest, spider and Half butt. Add to this the knowledge of angles, an opponent who is trying to beat you, different playing conditions, extreme mental strength, supreme concentration and intense pressure. Temperament is also essential. The fact is you never master snooker and you learn every game. Despite what some may say you need to be pretty fit too, especially over long matches or tournaments. It is extremely difficult to make it at snooker.
Played it for 6 hours a day for 2 years, I enjoy going for a run and playing football but nothing even comes close in terms of difficulty to this. It is literally a game of millimeters the smallest ajustment and and your whole game can fall apart. Having said all that it;s also the most enjoyable sport i;ve played and if you give it a chance you can easily become addicted!

73Handball
Handball is a very tough, intense sport. It takes many varieties of skill and concentration. This sport is not to mention mentally challenging but physically challenging also. Handball is also the fore father of many "tough" or "most challenging" sports today. Back when, handball had very extraordinary measures. This game or sport in my opinion is by far the most important sport of all!
The guy said enough handball forever
Handball hardest team sport.

74American Football
People are always getting plowed over. Football has so many injuries.
You play for like 10 seconds and then you stand for like a minute
All the hard hitting in NFL is so intense that's my opinion
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75Rally Racing

76Roller Derby
Roller derby has been called a cross between hockey, football and track. It takes skill and coordination as well as quick thinking. Plus, it gives women a full contact sport which involves hitting, blocking and sprinting. All while being on roller skates.
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77Racquetball
people think that what you do at the gym is racquetball. watch the pros or open players its constant running jumping, diving and swinging as hard as you can. not to mention the ball reaches over 160 miles per hour in every rally

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78Wind Surfing
I believe windsurfing is a very very hard sport to learn. First you have to have good balance to even stand on the board, and that whole time your trying to keep your ballence you have to keep in your mind which way the wind is coming from and where to point your sail to go forward and turn upwind or downwind.

79Freestyle bmx
This should be in the top 10 people would think so if they watched the dew tour people really don't know how long it taakes to learn each trick especially doing front flips and backflip tailwhips
I have no idea how kicking a ball around a field is hard to be fair, foot ball is wank! Its not even a mans sport! They earn all that money to be taped on the leg then get carried off the pitch crying when people are fighting for our countrys! Foot ball needs to piss of

80Longboarding
I have been long boarding for 7 years and it takes skill balance and a lot of training to get close to good. You have to know that your either going to fall at very high speeds such as 50 - 100 mph or your going to fall trying to do a trick. And it takes time to get some what close to pro.
Steezy dope sick yolo swag

81Cross Country Skiing
Cross country skiing should definitely be in the top 20 at least! Skiers are probably the most fittest people in the world. It uses every muscle of your body

First of all the technique is very hard to master. You have to learn two techniques: skating and classic which are both very hard.

Second of all skiing is a outdoor sport and you practice in every condition including: freezing cold temperatures, snow storms, in the summer you practice on roller skiis in the hot sun or rain.

Third the hills are very tough. For the uphill you have to learn a technique called harringbone. Uphills uses your arms, core, legs and endurance. The downhills are also very hard imagine going 20- 60 km an hour on a pair of small skiis. Now try doing a corner without wiping out even pros wipout on downhills!

Racing is even harder because you have to be in a pack with more than 50 people and this is hard because you are trying not to clip a nither persons skii or else it could cause a major crash.

In biathlon you have to do all of this plus be mentally prepared for the shooting part were you have to hold your brath to keep yourself from shaking so you can aim and if you miss you need to do a penalty loop.

This sport is easily harder than darts, kitesurfing, sport stacking etc.
Cross country skiing is more of a sport that competitive baton twirling! People these days are ridiculous! Cross Country skiing may not be the hardest sport. But defiantly harder than horse back riding!

82Mounting Boarding
Broke my leg in this sport

83Biathlon
Are you kidding! Biathlon is by far the hardest sport there is. First you have to ski cross country, as if that isn't hard enough, you have to calm yourself and your heartbeat, and become a precision shooter, and if you miss, MORE skiing.
The amount of focus training it takes to slow down you heart beat before s shooting is incredibly hard and the skiing is also very hard

84Water Ski
Water skiing should be up higher water skiing involves strength determination teamwork and communication I am on a ski team and it is a huge commitment I am at the lake 6 days a week and I know a lot of people who have gotten severely injured my friends and I have had many pulled muscles concussions and broken bones and if you water ski you know you fall a lot and its really bad to fall from the top of a 5 tier pyramid you hit 30+ ropes on the way down and you get skied over but the worse thing is if you land on the wake hard enough you r most likely to get a concussion and gonna black out so don't go around saying my sport is easy trust me it does not feel good to be dragged behind a boat going 30 mph or to face plant going off a jump 5 feet on the air or to fall forward off a pyramid ya so think again it's not as easy as it looks!

85Wiffle Ball

86Bouldering

87Muay Thai

88Kitesurfing
One of the best and kinda hard. Sport

89Gaelic Football

90Sport Stacking

91Martial Arts
Really? I'm in Taekwondo and you surely need a lot of personal abilities in order to master it for teaching or competitive level. It also has a combination of gymnastics. Martial Arts deals with the connection of body, mind and spirit. You have to be focussed and not many people are. You take in Karate, Kung fu, Judo or any martial arts for that matter (Not MMA.. Anyone can do that), all of this pure martial arts requires great abilities to advance in your ranks. Otherwise you may find your self getting old in the same belt.
This should be no. 3 at least!
This should be number 2, MMA for life.
They all are crazy use common sense man material is ther hardest game in the world

92Cricket
May not be the hardest sport, but certainly should be in top 10 list. If you think cricket is just about hitting the ball as far as you can or just randomly bowl the ball, you are making a huge mistake. Think about the hand eye coordination involved or the strength, endure, stamina and determination a fast express bowler needs to really tip the ball at over 150Kms, and the batter who has to face these fast bowlers. No only that, the ball can be very deceiving as there are various ways in can be delivered to the batter and at any speed. Think about a batsman who scores over 100 runs, you should try scoring at least 10 runs at pro level some day. Depending on the format it can last for 4 hrs, to 1 day to 5 days. Imagine batting at 35-40 degrees C heat for 10 or more hrs, anyone else would be dead. So gymnastic is truly a hard sport, but from this list it doesn't truly specify why it is, because think of boxing and you get hammered and knocked out, think of it, its really not what you think. I didn't write these comments just because I love cricket for the sport, but also had to think about other sports as well.
Cricket should be second hardest it is really hard in many ways we have to hit a heavy ball up to 85 meters for a six, dive on your head, catch a speeding ball which is coming to you, some people are also injured during play and if the ball hits your face and you are without a helmet you can be paralised
It would be one of the toughest jobs in the world to be an International batsman. Travel the world for your Country and be expected to make runs in front of thousands of people, whilst seam bowlers are throwing down deliveries at 140kmph. Top 3 for sure.
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93Surfing
People don’t realize that surfing is not just popping up and standing on a board riding waves... There’s a lot that goes into surfing.
1. being physically fit. Without having the core body strength, arms shoulders back leg abb strength it will be extremely hard to be successful
2. getting to the outback. Think that’s easy? Think again. Count on there being rip tides.. Narly currents. Incoming waves that will beat you to a pulp and push you back to the shore. If your still game after paddling forever till your arms feel like jelly and you reach the lineup. Then comes
3. Timing. If you don’t catch that wave at the right moment you’re going to wipe out, not catch the wave or the wave will pick you up and crush
4. Coordination balance and hand eye feet coordination is key. Without this you can’t begin to drop into a wave or balance on the board.
5. Climate count your blessings if your surfing in warm climate some waters are so cold if you don’t have the right equipment you’ll freeze and start cramping
6. Sportsmanship. A good chill friendly attitude is a must to surf, its all about enjoying the wave and the company on the lineup
7. Common sense is something that is used on the fly out in the waters, knowing your limits and what you can and can’t handle
• and did I mention sharks…surfers and shark attacks usually go in the same sentence, it is not uncommon to see fins swimming about as your on the line up.. Weather dolphins sharks sea otters seals jelly fish etc an abundance of animals to do you harm while trying to catch a wave
With a surf board on a wave. This is a free sport that requires little outlay other than a surfboard. It requires stamina, strength and balance. Possible the most enjoyable and rewarding sport.
With out a doubt surfing at any competitive is THE hardest. I have golf handicap of 8, and have also played state level cricket (in Australia ). But the physical dexterity and high function motor skills required to negotiate a hollow wave of 6ft or more far exceeds all other sports. I've surfed all my life and still find it more challenging than any thing else
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94Free Climbing
I don't know much about it really but from what I have seen, its extreme. Its such a dangerous thing to do. I know that I would never be able to free climb. If you have seen the newest mission impossible, you should know what I am talking about. You know that scene when tom cruise is climbing that building. If I can remember correctly, it was the tallest building in Dubai and in the world. Well yea that scene was pretty intense.
I am a rock climber, and I can guarantee you that when you've spent upwards of five hours climbing a rock face both vertically and upside down, it is extremely taxing both physically and mentally... Also how is golf harder than climbing?
Impossibru. But otherwise crazy to watch.

95Running

96Sky Jumping

97Fencing
It's not just waving a sword, you need balance, accuraurcy, stamina, focus and control. I've been fencing for 3 years and now compete nationally and I've have come home bleeding due to whips from the sabres. Some sports you can be lucky and win, but in this sport you need to be on your toes all if the time.
Imagine this, 39 degrees tempeture room, already sweating, now add an extra four layers of protection and a stuffy mask, toasty doesn't quite explain the amour of liquid you loose due to sweat!
Why is this below competitive eating this should be top ten at least fencing is an extremely hard sport and you never know what advantage your opponent will have and there is certainly more to it than any non-fencer could imagine
The name says it all... The whole point is to stab each other with weapons. You gets points for how many times you do. HARDCORE!
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98Table Tennis
Table tennis involves an incredible amount of reading of spin, and quickly calculating how to counter this spin, all with the ball coming at you at pace. Incredibly hard but incredibly satisfying.
Table tennis is also the very toughs sport. Because there are many strokes that difficult such as topspin chop. Today many peoples are think that table tennis is an easy to play. We need good foot work to play this sport. China is the world no1 ranked in table tennis players such as malin, malong etc iam also want to be table tennis player
Harvir
Its one of the most difficult sport. People think it is very easy but its not so. There is something about this sport that keeps you connected with it.
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99Squash
Squash is an amazingly hard sport. Sure you can maybe hit a serve in or swing at the ball with ease, but playing competitively takes so much work, so much dedication. Both mentally and physically.
Squash is a very hard sport. When we play this game it takes our physical power because our reaching for the ball should be fast. But the tough thing is when you run you have to swing extremely hard to let ball reach the glass. And it's even more difficult when the courts are made of glass. When it's made up of wood it's easier but don't take so much advantage of this saying. The tough shots are-

DROP
NICK
BOOST
CROSS
LENGHT
DIRECT
GLASS SHOT

100Ultimate Frisbee
Throwing a ball is much easier than throwing a disc accurately, and the wind affects the disc on so many levels. Ultimate Frisbee requires as much sprinting as football does.

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