Most Demanding Sports


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42VolleyballVolleyball is a team sport in which two teams of six players are separated by a net. Each team tries to score points by grounding a ball on the other team's court under organized rules.

In Volleyball you are always practicing. You have to do whatever it takes to get the ball. Go to a hard gym floor, jump in the air and belleyflop onto the floor. In volleyball season all good players have bumps and bruises on their arms, shins, legs, faces even. You have to stop a ball that is going 85Mph with whatever body part you can get to it. Everybody thinks volleyball isn't a sport, but you won't say that after a day in Practice.


People don't give sailing enough credit. It is both mentally and physically challenging

I can say sailing is far more difficult than soccer

To list sailing next to basketball is silly.

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Being a fairly good Bowler I can say that bowling is probably one of the most mentally demanding sports, it's not to physically demanding.

Throwing a 15 or 16 pound sphere 60 feet down a lane with accuracy under the stress of competition, hundreds of time in a day.


Nordic skiing is tough, 6 days a week practice, hours of hill work UP hill, intervals, plus all your equipment which easily exceeds $1000

All big muscles are used to its maximum in skiing competition, and I'm not talking about downhill here..

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46Tug of War
47Ultra Marathon

Running through mountains distances ranging from 50k to 167k non stop night and day pushing your body and mind to its absolute maximum this should be in the top five,in my opinion a real sport is used by people who once use there body as the tool

48BMX Racing

The competition is at an incredibly high level, even in the younger expert level kids.

49Bull Riding

You may ride your bike or whatever but let's see you ride something that you have no control of and you better be dialed in mentally and physically or your might as well kiss your butt goodbye It is the toughest sport on dirt or anywhere for that matter

How is Bullriding not at least in the top 20? It's not only a demanding sport but it's also one of the most dangerous. Whoever made this list is an idiot.

I rode 14 years, air lifted twice and gathered more then 300 000 $ in med bills

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You have got to be kidding me that strongman is this low. Dart beats it? Really? I dare anyone to see how much effort it takes to become elite at strongman

The only sport to test every aspect of strength, speed, stamina and mental toughness

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Snooker just so hard, you can play for your entire live and still can't master it

Very demanding on your legs keep getting up and down from your seat


Right hand when drinking a pint

53Water Ski Racing

I think Weightlifting is hard

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55Beach Volleyball

Volleyball is a very physical demanding sport and it should at least be in the top 10


Coming from a background of training and playing matches in a number of sports I can say squash is by far the one that gets my heart rate up to full capacity of which also stays at such a high rate for the longest! Very intense just like camping.

Pro squash training in insane. The top guys burn up to 7000 calories a day!

The most intense sport by a country mile!

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58Rock Climbing

Climbing trad at the top of your ability is hard.

To fight gravity you need a long way to go.

Very few people that do it at the highest level. Check out Alex Honnold and prepare to be terrified and exhausted.

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59BadmintonBadminton is a racquet sport played using racquets to hit a shuttlecock across a net. Although it may be played with larger teams, the most common forms of the game are "singles" and "doubles".

Highest demanding sport in the world

Sorry, what stupid place is badminton, common now, it's the fastest sport in the world, a shuttle in a smash can go up to 493km/h, it's a verry demanding sport, just trie it out...

60Springboard Diving

This should be top on the list of mentally and physically challenging sports.

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