Most Dangerous Sports

Sports were you are very likely to get hurt (or killed) while playing!

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1Horseback Riding

There are so many fatal riding accidents that it is near impossible to keep count. Working around on with any living, thinking animal immediately presents obvious risks. Jade South, Jessica Forsyth and Emma Jonathan are just some names of promising young riders who have lost their lives doing the thing they loved most in the last 3 years. The first two names were girls of 14 years.

It should be horse riding! People are risking there lives! If you can't see that then your just a very stupid person! There are more deaths from horse riding each year compared to other sports!

" you play football? That's cute"

Most athletes get injured a lot more often than horseback riders. But when it comes down to the horror of the injuries, horseback riding has a ten furlong lead. We're talking about people balancing their assbones [Contrary to popular belief, you can't hold on with your hands or legs, because you're using those to communicate with your horse. For that matter, you've got to do the assbone-balancing in a very specific way, too. ] on the backs of extremely well-conditioned, high-strung twelve-thousand pound animals with a flight instinct, and then asking said animal to gallop at speeds in the vicinity of sixty or seventy kilometers per hour over terrain that a traceur would gasp at, stopping and turning on a dime [mind--a thousand pounds and sixty kph is a lot of intertia, ] or to vault over two meter high, four meter wide fences, many of which are solid wood, brick, and earth, with nice three-meter-drop ditches on the other side. Current statistics say that horse riders can expect a ...more

The first time I was bucked off I fractured my arm, sprained my neck, pulled a muscle in my leg, and dislocated my knee. When my cousin was a toddler she walked behind a horse and got kicked so hard she flew ten feet, became cross-eyed and since she hit a fence, she became paralyzed from the neck down. So yeah, horseback riding is VERY dangerous on and off the horse...

Horseback riding is most definitely the most dangerous sport. Horses could kill you if they wanted to! The number of people who die from this sport are insane. In football you fall just like horseback riding except one falls 3 feet and one falls 10 feet. Falling of a horse could easily be falling to your death.

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2Bull Riding

Bull riding is a amazing sport. Also a dangerous. You could break a lot of bones and be in bed for a long time. Bull rider's are risking their lives for everyone that thinks it's a fun sport it's not. What if when you fall down the bull steps on your guts hm, that would be kind of pain full. This list is kind of messed up

I totally agree with you this should be I the top of the list and you can have back broken as easy as that, the people who created bull riding or. Even do it are idiots wanting to kill themselves

For the bullrider this has got to be the toughest 8 seconds to endure, if you're successful, particularly in the short round with the bulls like Bushwacker, Bones, or Voodoo Child. But there is little danger to the audience as in other sports such as baseball. Baseball, to me, has the highest potential for serious injury... Not only to a batter, infielder or pitcher, but to spectators in the stands. If it isn't a super fast ball coming at you, it could be a splintered bat!

I play soccer, volleyball, and swim. I've personally never done bull riding. If bull-riding is a sport, (which it really shouldn't be included with soccer, football (like motor cross and NASCAR), you're not doing anything the object is) even though I don't do the sport, I can easily agree that bull-riding would have to be the most dangerous sport on the planet. "Eight seconds isn't a long time! " Say that when your riding a two ton bull. It's a pretty stupid sport (in my opinion), but it's the worst. You have no sort of protection, just your clothes. No one to catch you if you fall, cheer leaders. Now add crazy rampaging bull to that. Don't get you face stomp on.

More people die in bull riding than cheering. Really think this logically, even if you don't play the sport.

Cheer leading the " MOST DANGEROUS SPORT IN THE WORLD? " No, really, I don't even think it's a sport. Sure, it hard work, but your mostly just cheering for my team. Whats the point to ...more - geekfreek

Cheer leading is not what would most people think. We have 2 minutes and 30 seconds to show off some impressive skills. You try competing in our shoes. I have literally broken a bone at the beginning of the routine and had to keep going threw all of the pain. It does hurt, but you gotta do it for the team. I agree that this sport should be higher ranked (bull riding), but I also believe cheer is also one of the most dangerous sports. We also have absolutely no padding. we throw some girls 30 feet in the air and you are trying to tell me it's not a sport? Try spending one day at a competitive cheer practice, then have the nerve to tell me it's not a sport.

You can get stomped on any day broken bones broken skull cuts bruises all deadly

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Here's to the people who say cheerleading isn't a sport and that cheerleaders aren't athletes. The very definition of sport is, and I quote, "an athletic activity requiring skill or physical prowess and often of a competitive nature. We practice just as much as you do. Every day of the week, 2 hours. We condition, We run, We do ab workouts and pushups and planks. No, we don't lift weights, we lift our athletes-and we hold them 10-15 feet in the air until our arms shake. Until our legs quiver. Don't doubt the flyers either. We have more muscle than you seem to think. The amount of balance, leg muscle, and core tightness it takes to stay in the air is unbelievable to someone who has never done it before. We run full speed at nothing, then flip in the air, twist, and land on our feet. We jump. We jump high-without a trampoline. Concentrating on pointed toes, extended legs, tight arms, jump height, facials, and smiling Ever based a basket toss? You get blood blisters on your hands. ...more

This is seriously perfect. My guy friend tried telling me today that cheerleading is not a sport. I really took offense to it. Yeah he plays football so he doesn't exactly see how hard we work. But the nerve that he had to say that made me sick. I told him that it is the most dangerous contact sport and he still continues to tell me that it is not a sport. All of these people dissing cheerleading need to take a step in our shoes if they really say that cheerleading is not a sport.

Okay so first of all to everyone who says cheer leading isn't a sport or its not dangerous. Think again. Football they have padding. Most other sports have padding because they are all scared to get hurt. Cheerleaders like me are fierce and we never give up. Football players have a broken toe and they let their coach know and then can't play until its better but cheerleaders could have a broken wrist and will keep it from the coach so they could finish the seasons. We cheer for months straight. Football players just go for one season. We go for multiple. We don't all date football players. That's a stereo type. That crap is in movies. My boyfriend is going to do football next year but I didn't date him because of that. Most of my team is single. We have great personalities and we're not rude or snotty. We work as a team because we have to put our lives at risk with each other. To the motorcross guy who said which is more dangerous being thrown about 60 feet in the air and falling or ...more

Every single time we (cheerleaders) throw a girl in the air everyone of us are taking a risk of getting killed! One wrong move could make her land on our heads and break our necks! One tiny mistake in cheerleading can leave many injuries! The reason it's so dangerous is because it's 5 different girls working together to accomplish one task and when one thing goes wrong all of them are at risk!

No one is going to kill there self cheerleading is not that dangerous. Gymnastics and bull riding r so much more dangerous!

Cheerleading is definitely a sport!

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Gymnast... Almost 11 years... Seen kids do double backs off beam and land on their heads and not be able to move. A girl was doing full twisting yurchenkos into the foam pit and broke both bones in her shin. I pulled in on double backs on bars and hit my feet (some serious soft tissue damage) and my head.


Yes my friends mom ripped her vagina doing gymnastics. She was 3 months pregnant at the time. Ouch.

Hi I'm a cheerleader and by the way cheerleading is gymnastics except we as more challenging stuff to it. You think we are snobby we are not. As a matter of fact most cheerleaders are straight A students. We don't cheer for the boys we cheer for our team. The boys just choose us to cheer. If you would like to look up pictures of cheerleading stunts go for it because then you will see how hard it is. I know gymnastics is hard too because I have done it for 2 years but I have also cheerleaded for 6 years. We tumble and stunt. When a flyer is being tossed and a base moves their foot one centimeter away… BAM she hits the floor and breaks a bone. I have seen it happen before. It literally happened 1week ago. She broke her arm. Oh and Here's to the people who say cheerleading isn't a sport and that cheerleaders aren't athletes. The very definition of sport is, and I quote, "an athletic activity requiring skill or physical prowess and often of a competitive nature. We practice just as ...more

There isn't just one type of gymnastics you know. There's also something called acrobatic gymnastics. Yes, I do agree it's bull when people think cheerleading is easy and link all of you to the stereotypes. Acrobatic gymnasts do stunts that are as hard as what cheerleaders do, if not harder. There are a few different types of gymnastics and they each have elements that you need to train very hard for. I do agree that cheerleading is hard and is a sport, but then... ACROBATIC GYMNASTICS.

The only reason people say that cheerleading is the most "dangerous" is because most cheerleaders are preppy, pretty, snotty girls that guys like to watch... Yeah well that should make it a wimpy sport, because most cheerleaders do cheer for looks and popularity and not to say they are in a grueling sport. I was a level 10/open gymnast when I stopped and picked up my dream as a full time coach, and I live in pain still from the intense means a gymnast must go through. I have watched my friends be rolled out on stretchers and had so man surgeries there families went into debt with the cost of gymnastics. At the same time compared to the difficulty level of gymnastics we have a low number of injuries only because we are literally trained how to fall, we workout and condition so much that we are so strong and used to pain half the time we don't even tell anyone about the constant pain we suffer. I broke my ankle once and I was forced to go to a doctor they told me I would be ...more

We aren't at all "preppy and snobby" and cheer is not up higher on the list because guys like to watch it. It's up there because we put our lives at risk. We throw girls 30 feet into the air and catch them. If you think that cheer is not even dangerous then you can try it yourself. Go ahead and hold someone up in the air while she hits different motions or you can try to be the one being up in the air standing on somebody's hand. Have you ever seen a girl rip a hole through her lip because he got hit in the face with her flyers head. And then continue to perform with a smile on. Have you ever seen someone break a bone and continue to hold her flyer in the air like there is nothing wrong. Probably not. Because we are cheerleaders. We are very tough. Sure gymnastics is hard. I used to be a gymnast. But seeing it from both sides I definitely know that cheer is harder and more dangerous.

Definitely the hardest! we do four different events while cheerleaders only do one! Floor bars beam & vault & all they do is dance around on the floor and lift people 5 feet in the air... Wow big deal.

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I find it funny that all of you football players are saying things like "Are you kidding me! Cheer leading and horseback riding arnt even sports! Each week of nfl at least two people get concussions or broken bones" and
"Football is dangerous and horse riding and gymnastics aren't sports! " Then you say "if you have never played football then don't say it's easy! " Like really? Have you ever ridden a horse? And I'm not talking about being lead around on a pony when you were 5! Every time I go to the barn we do conditioning, oh and this is every day and I'm there for up to 5 hours. Conditioning consists of running up a steep hill... 20 times, running across a feild that's about 100 meters holding a hale bail that weighs about 75-100 pounds... 5 times (back and forth). Then we do 100 sit-ups, then we do a wall sit for 10 minutes, then we repeat this 5 times. Also when we ride it looks like we are just sitting there... Yea. No. When we ride we have to ...more

Horse back riding is a sport! People spend there lives training for barrel racing or jumping, I'm one of them, so don't say its not a sport.

Football is one of those sports were every game someone is injured and can't come back for a few weeks! We put our careers at risk every day. One wrong move and you could have an injury that impacts you for the rest of your life. Also concussions from football affect you the rest of your life, a concussion you get in high school can come back 15-20 years later and kill you. That's why we have so much protection, how many other sports can you play with a broken arm and not really even notice it until you get back to the locker room. We play with broken toes, broken fingers, screwed up knees and shoulders, and many other injuries and not even come out of the game. Coaches constantly scream in your face and you can't get your feelings hurt, you just understand they're trying to help you. Cheerleading is not a sport more dangerous than football.

I played football for around 11 years and this sport is more dangerous than cheerleading. Seriously, at the games the cheer leaders just sit behind us and start signing their cheers and doing what ever they do while there is a game going on. There's halftime when you go out on the field and do the pyramid or whatever, but most of the football guys and team are focused in what their coach is saying about what the heck is going on in the game. If you think doing planks and abs are really that bad, that's a breeze compared to what we do. Try being coached by an ex US Army Ranger, and doing the drills, such as Oklahoma and King of the Pitt. I've seen my fare share of team mates getting hurt, bloody noses and scratches from these drills, and even in the game. I recall a couple time an ambulance would have to come onto the field during a game and help a team-mate or player out. Seriously these injuries the players get put them in the hospital for a good week, concussions are usually the ...more

I'm a cheerleader and this is actually really offensive. First of all you have no idea what you are talking about. Second we do stunts that you wouldn't even know what to do. And I suggest you try doing what we do for a change and maybe you will have more respect for us cheerleaders. The cheers we learn are for you guys out there on the field. If you don't like them go ahead and say something because most of us work hard for what we do. And the girls that do their makeup for the game are ridiculous I agree with that part but I don't understand why you would put that on all of the cheerleaders in the world. And you have to remember there are other sports in this world. Why dis on cheerleaders when they are the ones keeping the boys motivated or at least trying? If anyone disses on all cheerleaders please check yourself you know we aren't all that way.

This is a crazy sport

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Hockey is should definitely be in the top 5 or at least ahead of soccer. You are constantly getting hit into the boards which can lead to broken bones, concussions and more. I broke my arm twice from a slash, lost 2 teeth getting high sticked, and KO some guy in a fight

Come on! WAY more dangerous than soccer! I see only 3 players in a soccer game get knocked down. In hockey, EVERY player gets knocked on their ass at least 3 times per game from what I've seen! I can't even name one NHL player that STILL has all their teeth except for the first year players.. Did I mention you are allowed to fight? AND it's full contact. Face first into glass walls, I'm not even 20 and I lost a tooth ALREADY. Worst impact was ending in a 3 week coma. I slammed another player into the wall, BROKE the glass and his whole face was covered in BLOOD! (it was nasty) slamming a guy on grass is nothing.. You wanna talk about pain, how about HEAD FIRST ON ICE! Let's talk about more pain, how bout a 110mph puck in the face.. Never happened to me... Well not yet but I've seen it plenty of times.. Not pretty! Which is harder? Running or skating? Obviously skating! To play hockey, you need to skate just as well as you can walk and run. Anyone can run backwards. Try skating ...more

Alright I've been playing hockey 3 years (now midget) each year was to hospital at least once, broken bone, fracture, sprains, I'm lucky! Coulda had some bad concussions, throat slit by a blade, its rough and some people go out to hurt people, on ice, its hard look what happened just the other week habs vs bruins, chara, that happens more than that, that was just serious, never know what can happen, horseback is dangerous too I do it, not as dangerous, but soccer? Come on seriously? Put some hockey players on the ice with just shin pads you see what happens then! We've broke the glass 3 times this year with pucks, a midget team! They're hard rubber and go fast.. Maybe not number 1, but past soccer? I think so

Not saying we are the most dangerous or even the most brutal but I think we win in serious injuries... for God's sake I accidentally killed a kid once with a legal hit

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Boxing is brutal. Much more dangerous than the other sports on here. Don't get me wrong, I ain't ripping on any of the other sports on here, football, hockey, etc are all still rough, but think about boxing. The pure science behind everything in that sport is brutal.

Boxing is 50% hitting and 50% not getting hit. When you play football, your goal is to run the ball down to the field and score a touchdown. When you play hockey, your goal is to slap the puck into the net. When you play baseball, your goal to to hit the ball outside the field. When you play basketball, your goal is to shoot the ball into the net. When you box, your goal is to physically and intentionally hurt your opponent. You also have to be quick and be able to have the energy to move around just to not get hit. You play football. You play tennis. You play volleyball. You don't "play" boxing. When somebody hits you in the face with the intention to knock you out, break your nose, or give you a black ...more

One mistake in article... Dude damage is most with smaller gloves because force is distributed in less area ultimately causing more damage

Boxing is dangerous you people say it's just babies hitting each other in the face. REALLY YOUR PUTTING STUFF SUCH AS CHEERLEADING IS MORE DANGEROOUS? Let me ask you one question. Have you ever been hit by a 12 pound mallet in the face going 20mph? I don't think so and that is the average punch by a pro boxer. Imagine getting hit my 500 of those! YOU THINK BOXERS ARE WEAKLINGS? And the training for boxing is brutal. Running 5 miles a day, hitting a 150 pound bag for an hour... If you think boxing is a children's sport imagine fighting Mike Tyson, Rocky Marciano, Muhammad Ali, Nikolai Valuev... You'll probably be dead before round 1 is over. 9 out of 10 pro boxers have concussions that decrease the life expectancy for people like them. Sure you other sports hurts so bad to fall on the ground. Imagine breaking a few ribs, your nose, bruised eyes, severe brain trauma, even death. Sure falling 15 feet, getting rammed by 250 lbs imagine 1000 pounds of force to your face! If you ...more

Unlike most sports that require pads, boxing and MMA are pretty much raw fighting with just gloves and shorts. Unlike other sports where causing someone injury isn't always intentional, boxing and MMA are sports where people are really trying to hurt their opponent. I think purposely trying to hurt someone is worse than doing it on accident. Motocross, bull riding, and horse riding are things that I do not consider to be sports only because they require little to no actual physical activity. Cheerleaders don't wear pads either, so they can have that, bug most of the injuries caused are unintentional. That's why I think boxing and MMA are the most dangerous sports.

Horse back riding is a sport! I have fallen of countless times, onto jumps, into the rock solid ground, or even into the fence! I have personally been at a show when a rider fell off from making 1 small mistake and she got stepped on! How bout you try it before you underestimate equestrians! And I don't mean going to the fair and riding a pony, I mean galloping at a jump and getting over it without hitting the rail, or falling of. And there is protective gear, some riders just choose not to wear it! In Dover they sell protective vests. And if it wasn't a sport why would they have it in the Olympics? I don't see boxing in the Olympics...

To dangerous

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Cheering I understand. But it's not more dangerous than BULL RIDING! Nor is it more dangerous than Lacrosse... Or Wrestling. Wrestling should definitely be in the top 5 at least! I've been a wrestler for years now and I KNOW how dangerous it is. Hell, I've had 7 practices so far this season (I'm writing this comment 2 weeks into season) and I have already re-injured my busted shoulder and my left leg is almost immobilized from landing on someones arm 50 times in ONE PRACTICE... It hurts. And I'm no softy. To the other posters, fear is inevitable. You must conquer it in order to be a successful anything. I believe that this article is biased... But so is every comment on it. Honestly, a cheerleader probably wrote it BUT... I'm a wrestler - just voicing my opinions. Every sport has it's risk - but there is no way that cheerleading is the MOST dangerous sport. Don't get me wrong, I'm not saying that wrestling is. I'm just stating my opinion.

P. S. - Lacrosse is probably #1 or ...more

I currently wrestle for my highschool and I can say from experience that wrestling is a pretty dangerous sport. luckily, I haven't come across many severe injuries, but I know lots of people (practically my entire team) who have broken bones, injured their backs and knees, injured their necks, received cauliflower ear, received cosmetic injuries come across concussions, dislocated shoulders, and still wrestled the next day after coming across some of these injuries. With this I do believe wrestling is a dangerous sport, but definitely not as dangerous as bull riding, football, or MMA. personally I think mma is the most dangerous sport. even though in my eyes wrestling isn't the most dangerous sport, I still believe that it's the toughest sport, and makes tough individuals. I've never met a successful wrestler who didn't have a killer instinct, a high pain tolerance, and a competitive drive.

Wrestling is VERY dangerous and I know why.. When I was fourteen I started wrestling and at first I felt like I could do it but then my enemy attacked me so angrily I broke my two legs my nose and one of my teeth came out. So from now on I get beaten up a lot and I always injure SOMETHING in my body and yeah cheerleading is dangerous but not dangerous enough to come TOP. The whole point in wrestling is HURTING somebody! So you get beaten up hurt or injured much more in wrestling.

Takedowns not being done properly

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Definitely the most dangerous. And to all you people that think that cheerleading is the most dangerous, tell me this. Is falling in cheerleading from about 10-15 feet or falling from up to 50 feet going 35 or 40 mph more dangerous? You decide..

We fall from about 60 feet going faster than that. don't diss something you have never tried. why don't you try a senior 5 competitive cheer practice first? Then I will let you judge us

Hah I can't believe motocross is number 9, this is mostly due to the average persons lack of knowledge of the sport and how extremely dangerous it is, there isn't just a possibility of getting hurt but it is guaranteed that at some point you will be injured..

Anyone who's played any other sport knows that moto-cross is by far very very hard

Motocross and mountain bikers are 40 times more likely to go to the hospital with a serious injury than a football player. I am the living proof

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I come from South Africa. Rugby here is way more tough than in Europe and the USA. It's nothing like NFL, because its meant for men to play. Rugby is a much more quick paced and rough and there are no pads needed because we ain't girls.

I've played rugby for 8 years and I have have my face split open teeth put through my cheeks and lips, sprained ribs dislocated thumbs and shoulder, broken nose (twice) ligament damage in my knee elbow sholder and neck, knocked out roughly 5 times, concussions, muscle tear, and some bruises and cuts, but I still love playing :D because I have done worse injuries to other by running into them when crash balling such as beaking their jaw, other their nose, others I knocked out their teeth, I've broken peoples ribs I've broken peoples legs and wrists

Id say this sport should be number one in the list and its more tough in europe than south africa in my opinion

It has no pads if your hit you can break around 3 to 5 ribs or more!

ya rugby is for badass people

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Every lacrosse game, your nearly guaranteed to have at least one serious injury. In our last game, we had to stop 12 seconds early when one of the kids on the other team got sandwiched... Hard. Concussion. Dislocated shoulder. The whole shebang. We called in the ambulance and the kid didn't remember half of it the next day. The best part: it was a completely legal hit. Today. Our goalie got knocked unconscious by a hit. A guy got hit in the throat with a cross check (have you ever been hit in the throat by a guy sprinting at you? All we could do watch watch him squirm on the ground, struggling for air. ), and one of the guys on the other team took a shot on goal and hit our teammate straight in the head. That knocked him out for a little bit there too.

THIS IS DANGEROUS! I'm a goalie and I'm putting my life on the line when I step in the cage.

OK so as goalie, you guys are WRONG. I've broken bones three times in the past two years and that isn't even bad. The pain I get from breaking bones isn't even bad, past two times I've broken I haven't gone in for two weeks because shin hits are so much worse and they don't break and I just assume "hm well this is like a 6/10 compared to the 9's I get from shin hits at (as low as) 65mph and (as high as) 88mph (clocked by not even my hardest shooting teammate and I'm only in HS, college and pros is normally 90. Cheerleading really isn't that dangerous in terms of extremes, multiple players have died. Everyday situations, multiple players on each team break bones in a year while everyday situations for cheerleaders is a 10 foot fall onto a padded mat, sprains are what most cheerleaders face. Hockey is just lax with more pads, Horseback riding is pretty dangerous (for extremes only though ie trampling) and football... Well no one really dies in football (sorry to sound extremely ...more

I play lacrosse and let me tell you its rough personally I think this should be number one

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12Rugby League

How is football higher on the list, when rugby is the same sport, just without the padding? Rugby players in pads would kill football players.

In rugby people are intentionally trying to get you down, plus you have no protection. People on the ground getting stepped on by a 180 pound man with cleats doesn't feel good. Yes sports like motocross are dangerous but in moto people aren't trying to hurt you. For every rugby game you play there is a guarantee that you will be sore, and if your lucky you won't be injured. Imagine running at full speed and then having another person running full speed tackling you from the side, the impact on your spine and ribs is brutal, knocks the reach out of you and makes you feel like throwing up, but you have to keep running and keep tackling, rugby is not for the weak and it is dangerous no doubt. Not as dangerous as skydiving but certainly more dangerous than soccer and cheer leading and moto!

Rugby requires no padding and football is based off of it, if boys say football is the most dangerous sport they are wrong

Rugby is so dangerous. It should be higher than football.

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13Mixed Martial Arts

MMA is a sport that no normal person can handle. Jabs, hooks, uppercuts, and etc, with little to no protective gear. Concussions and bone breakage is a must in this sport. Death at an early age is almost impossible to escape.

UFC fighter are bad asses they could break bone with one punch most dangerous in my book

MMa is for sure on of the most brutal and dangerous sports out there. Imagine getting elbowed and kneed in the face several times than thrown to the ground and getting punched while on the ground until you can't see straight and then expected to do it again. And again. And again. So yeah for all you haters out there that's mixed martial arts. Trust someone who knows what it feels like

Mma is a lot more intense and dangerous - Sabbath

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Ok for all you haters... Let me just tell you something. To be a soccer player you have to be in amazing physical shape. So listen up cheerleaders and football players, because you seem to be the biggest haters. In cheerleading you get 2 minutes and 30 seconds to go out and dance, jump around, and lift up a girl who weighs around 110 pounds with 3 others helping you. 2 minutes and 30 seconds? Are you kidding me? That's like literally 5% of a soccer game. Plus, you guys get almost 6 months to practice those same 2 minutes and 30 seconds. We get about an hour and a half to practice something that might happen in a game. Soccer is unpredictable. You never know when or what's gonna happen. And you have mats to protect you from "falling". We have dirt and rocks. Lastly, you guys complain about running two laps around a mat the size of a basketball court. We run around a field that's bigger than a football field for 90 minutes, and it's not a jog. Hell no, if you jog you're done. ...more

I as well play soccer and horseback ride, and I think that both sport require an incredible amount of focus and dedication. And even if you can be subbed out in soccer some players are in the whole time. Both sports are unpredictable from the horse to the players on the field.

Of course soccer isn't the most dangerous sport on earth (I'm probably the only person with the common sense here) but it is not just a sport that any one could play you know, you have to be super fit to become a professional. Physically and mentally, you have to be smart as well, one mistake can cost the team a lost, that's why soccer players play it safe, you know passing it around until they get to the opponents half then start attacking but there are a lot of players out there that likes to risk it, you know those tricky players that does amazing tricks. If you think it is so easy then go and play a competitive game of soccer, you won't even last a game, you'll probably get way too tired to play. As I said before soccer players are really fit and that's why a lot of soccer players are models, and their body fat percentage are real low (just saying). Another thing, you should know that normal soccer (like high school ones) are not like the professional ones, there aren't cameras ...more

Been playing for over 10 years and in that time I haven't broken a bone but that is only because I have unusually dense bones. I have seen so many broken legs, torn ligaments, broken shoulders, collar bones, twisted ankles are quite easy. In a Under 14 game I witnessed one of my team mates break a oppositions' leg and the bone was poking through the skin and sock. The blood made a puddle on the grass. A lot of damage to the knees particularly the cartilage and ligaments. I have seen the occasional arm break as well from a bad scuffle or a rough shoulder on shoulder contact. But just like any other sport the fights are quite common particularly in a rivalry game. I have also seen the results of a tackle called Studded Tackle. With both studded boots pointing sliding at the player, I have seen legs bend like jelly at those tackles. The victims of those almost never play a game again, and take months and even years to even walk properly. Those types of tackles are instant reds, but that ...more

Soccer is way better than football. In football, you most likely score every 4 downs, so when you do score, its not that special. But in soccer you score 1-3 times a game on average, which makes scoring special.

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What! Are You kidding me? Has Anyone ever actually seen Parkour? Look up the 'Worlds Biggest Parkour jump', and its across two buildings 20 stories high! Come on Parkour brothers and sisters, VOTE!

Every time Traceurs practice Parkour on a high level, they risk the chance of injury and death. Especially when attempting high jumps and stunts. Can the rest of the sports boast in jumping down 20ft objects and landing unscathed? Definitely more dangerous than cheerleading. Yeah, you sissies can break a bone or get paralyzed if something go wrong. In Parkour, accidents on high levels are non-existence, it's death. Land wrong from a jump- death. Miss a precision jump in heights- death.

I, myself am a Traceur. And I was extremely surprised that parkour is this far down! Come on people! The whole point of parkour... The reason people do parkour, is not to get from point A to point B the fastest (although that's the aim) the reason people do it is for the adrenaline. Knowing that one wrong footing or placing your hand 1 inch off, could kill you. Cheerleading? Are you serious? The only reason it's number 1 is because there are so many girls that do it! I would love to see a cheerleader cat to the edge of a 3 story high building or jump off 2 stories onto concrete (Not having a bunch of people there to catch you) and tell me it's not dangerous! I'm not saying it's the MOST dangerous sport... But under cheerleading. No. It's common sense. Go look up and watch some PK before you vote... Really people!

Man it should be at-least at number 2

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If the parachute doesn't open then you're pretty much dead

Skydiving needs someone with a strong heart and needs to practice well before diving skydiving is one of the most dangerous games that people above 18 must go and practice it as well as jumping from high places

Not as dangerous as some might think. Certainly no where close to BASE jumping. Look up swooping and now skydiving just got more dangerous

I agree with other people. Think about it. Your 300 feet in the air. You step out of the plane. Your parachute doesn't open. How are you ever going to survive?

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17Base Jumping

MUCH MUCH harder than it looks, easily #1, you must get a jump, and then steering is super hard to control, but if you don't steer well you will run into the edge of the cliff and die.
You must open the pursuit at the right angle, time and place if you want to stay alive, then, you must control your para-suit so that you land in the right spot.
The landing is also very dangerous as well, you could get seriously injured.

With base jumping, you're jumping of a 500-800 ft structure (sometimes even lower) but with cheerleading you're jumping off your best friend's shoulders? That doesn't really add up.

How is basejumping not in the 3? Never less 5 or 10 haha. This is a sport where you can make no mistakes. Even if you pull your parachute does not mean it will open in time or if you will land in control. The slightest breeze can through you off and kill you

If you see anything you turn, if you don't, kaput

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18Free Climbing

Free climbing(rock climbing) can get some one extremely injured or even maybe killed! If you are on belay and something goes wrong and the person accidentally drops you... I went on a few other websites and they said rock climbing was either number 3-5... That doesn't even mention when some one's free solo climbing! That's when you climb with no rope what so ever!... I think this website is completely under estimating free climbing on so many levels

Rick climbing is easily one of the most dangerous sports out there. When your on belay, your relying on your equipment and abilities to stay alive, along with other people, especially your belayer, who literally has your life in their hands. If a piece of equipment breaks, or a rope snaps, your dead. Free soloing is even more dangerous, without any equipment to break your fall. Many companies such as Cliff don't even sponsor many free climbers any more, though many have amazing skills such as Alex Honnold. If you do a rate out of 1/3 between climbing and other sports measuring how dangerous they are, climbing will be sure to surpass the other sports by far. I love climbing and am extremely passionate about it, but it is extremely risky.

Free climbing should easily be #1, most people won't climb a tree to the top let alone a vertical rock. Angles 90 degrees or more, no ropes... Thousands of feet up. How is horseback riding anything compared to this.. You see this should be judged off of the consequence of making a mistake. You make a mistake horseback riding or cheerleading then yes you can get hurt I'm not saying there is no danger, but you make a mistake free climbing and your paralyzed from the neck down, consider yourself lucky.

I agree free climbing is difficult, but with horseback riding you are not in total control. You can also get paralyzed if you have a bad enough fall. You have to remember that when riding horses, the horse has a mind of its own!

What if you slipped...

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If we consider life or death issues, Mountaineering is up there. Close to 300 people have died attempting to climb the Everest alone. Well over a thousand deaths for 8-thousanders climbs, and plenty of deaths in smaller climbs as well.

As a percentage of people attempting the climb, fatality rates in mountaineering are far far higher than they are in any of the sports listed in the top ten.

And if we compare the seriousness of injuries, one should remember that a broken bone or a trauma of some kind occurring during a climb is made far far worse by the lack of access to medical services. If you break a body part while cheerleading, you get rescued within seconds and minutes later you are in the emergency room.

Cheerleading is tough, it's very challenging and fortunately, it's not even close to being one of the most dangerous sports.

How is this not at #1 or close to that. Ok cheerleaders see you on the mountain. Lets really put you to the test. So basically to start out you save up a few thousand even to start. Then you fly 5000 miles or so to your destination. Then you take a never ending hike up the mountains and through all the villages with 30 pounds on your back the entire way. Finally you make it to the mountain out of breath and sweaty but cold. As time goes on air becomes more and more of a need until your taking 20 steps with one breath. You can't even enjoy yourself once you get to the top because you have to rush back down due to the lack of oxygen. This may sound like it's a two or three day trip. Try two or three weeks. Or even months depending on weather. You stick to your competitions, we will stick to our goals to survive.

Pretty sure that statistically this is the most deadly sport. Note that markers for Everest climbers include bodies of previous failed climbers. Close might be other competitions against nature/physics like base jumping or cave diving.

In any case there's no way any sort of game (football, rugby) or fighting sport with rules/referee (boxing, MMA) will be as dangerous. And whoever is voting up cheerleading and gymnastics is just being silly.

One time I ate chicken and pooped

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Ok I will always think cheerleading is dangerous but so is surfing my dad was surfing yesterday and cut his foot open and had to have 8 stitches in his foot(it almost hit his artery and could have killed him) he had to have 12 staples in his head because one of the fins on the board got stuck in his head (long story) he also broke his neck (when he was 16) and many more injuries and seriously I can't believe golf is on the thingy and the comments are so stupid like the one that says your back could give out... That has NOTHING to do with golfing it could happen anytime and yea I mean you could get hit in the head with a golf ball but you would have to be pretty retarded to swing you club the wrong way and aim the ball at your head in cheer you have to throw a 100lb girl in the air and risk your life for her because if she falls from that height SHE could die my friend had to be rushed to the hospital because her stunt group dropped her and she had to have an emergency surgery on her ...more

I've seen numerous amounts of surf injuries including seeing sharks, stingrays, jellyfish etc. Surfing can't be compared with all those you call dangerous sports. You can also get hit by the rocks or the reef and those are fatal or really painful injuries. Surfing those huge waves like mavericks is super dangerous because you got the reef the rocks the cold water the sharks and the wipeout so that's probably the most dangerous or one of the most dangerous sports in this list

It's true that Rugby and Football have concussions, broken ribs, and fractures; however, Surfers such as myself have to deal with Shark attacks, Coral Reefs, and most of all OTHER SURFERS! Surfing is a sport where death is possible and many people around the world do this sport because it's just AMAZING! However more people die in surfing than any other sport.

Next time, try surfing in an actual SAFE place. See how that feels.

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