Top Ten Most Difficult and Dangerous Sports


The Top Ten

1 Horseback Riding Horseback Riding Horseback riding (or Equestrian) is one of the most intense sports known to man. Not only because it's physically challenging, but it takes more than athleticism. Horseback riding takes commitment, time, patience, and most importantly building a bond with your horse. If you don't have a good relationship more.

I am a horse rider and I really dislike people making comments about how horse riding isn't dangerous and how it isn't a sport! Apparently we just sit on the horse back and let it do the work whilst we twiddle our thumbs. Those people do not understand the trust we put in a animal that has a mind of its own and the effort it takes to train and look after one animal. Just because we don't fall as much as rugby players doesn't mean it isn't as dangerous. One fall can cause a lot of harm to our bodies. One fall can end or seriously damage someone's life. You have no idea of what the horse is thinking or about to do. You could be thrown off on to a fence in a click of a finger. End up in hospital and broken your neck. Sliding underneath the horse wilst galloping or falling underneath a 1000lb animal at top speed can end a life. You play football? Great! I'm an equestrian. I train a difficult animal who could flip at any second. I put my trust in that animal. You've hurt your leg? I've ...more - Prikarnik01

This is NOT the trail ride you see non-riders go on. We don't sit there.
"Equestrians need to have the concentration and ability to judge distance like a golfer, strength and stamina of a hockey player, artistic flow and ability to make a hard thing look easy and beautiful like a gymnast, and and also know where everyone around them is at all times ALL WHILE controlling a 1000lb or more animal with your hands, back, neck, shoulders, thighs, calves, legs, heels, stomach, or basically every bone/muscle in your body with the help of a 5 inch piece of metal. "Riders use their entire bodies to tell their horse what they want them to do; the way they sit, move their hands, the pressure of their legs...dozens of signals pass between horse and rider, at every moment"-Horse Power: The Road To Maclay." - equestrian502

Sure, lots of people have died from having a horse fall on them when they dismount (like King Henry VIII), but it's totally worth it. Almost all horses are really loving, not to mention adorable. Horse riding may be dangerous, but I'm willing to take the risk and get in the saddle. My motto is: If you get on the horse of life, you'll have a fun, adventurous, daring life, feeling the wind in your hair and the beat of the hooves underneath you. But if you just stand next to the horse, life won't be worth living.

I can agree completely there is nothing that can not happen when working with horses. I've been riding since I was 5 and there was not a day where I was scared out of my mind.

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2 Football Football American football is a sport played by two teams of eleven players on a rectangular field with goalposts at each end.

I don't play soccer or football but I do gymnastics. I admit that soccer is hard, but I believe that football and gymnastics. I play football with my brother all the time and just playing it with him and his friends wow. You have to be fast and you get a lot of head injuries. I watch this show Friday night lights and this dude got paralyzed just by a tackle. He can never walk again. Gymnastics I don't know how to explain injuries that happen. Doing double backs off a beam. What if you don't land right and break your ankle. What if you land on your neck? That's what goes through the minds of gymnasts. How would I know? Because it goes through my head every single day. We do have way more practice than soccer players and football players. We practice for four hours every single day. We have to run 2 miles and condition for 2 hours. Tell me that's not hard. Then you have to do regular practice and everything has to be spot on. Yea it's very hard. Soccer players you try something other ...more

Soccer? really? Sorry but so what you messed up your leg but football you can mess up your head, your brain. that's permit you can get paralyzed. I do have to admit that soccer take more individual skill, but football you have to be in better shape. I don't know!

You can be hit while your running with the ball not in the chest but in the legs and you could break both your legs

Football is the worst sport ever and I think it should be number 1.
It is super dangerous and tricky to learn you waste 5 years of your life learning the technique properly and the when you are ready and you are playing your first match you get tripper over and get injured and nobody cares. I think the people that play this sport are selfish and don't deserve the money.

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3 Soccer Soccer Association football, more commonly known as football or soccer, is a sport played between two teams of eleven players with a spherical ball. The goal is to score the ball on the other team's goal.

I am so glad soccer is finally on the top of these lists because it deserves to be. Sure it's not as dangerous as other sports(although it is still extremely dangerous) but it is much more difficult. It is not just kicking and running. Just to receive the ball you have to check your shoulder, receive it with the right kind of technique, communicate to your team, and quickly decide what to do because the other team is racing towards you. That's just receiving the ball. Imagine everything that you would have to do. Vote for soccer.

Soccer means so much to me. And to be on this list proves that we are more than what people think. They're all like man soccer looks so easy all you have to do is run and shoot. We'll if your reading this and your a person that said that. I just want to tell your that we are WAY, WAY, WAY more than that. So I hope you get my point.

We do actually get hurt! My friend was 11 when she snapped her ankle in the game! My coach slit his knee open and was gushing blood he pulled up his sock taped it and continued the rest of the game. later when he was taken to the hospital the doctor had to stick his hand in his knee then stitch it

Very difficult sport na

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4 Dancing

Dancing: one false mover you are injured for life

You can tear your feet, pull muscles, etc. - equestrian502

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5 Lacrosse Lacrosse Lacrosse is a contact team sport played between two teams using a small rubber ball and a long-handled stick called a crosse or lacrosse stick.

Lacrosse is a very dangerous sport we are are getting beat up by sticks with a half inch of foam/plastic to protect us. Also soccer players, you guys frustrate me so much the only thing you guys have is a longer game, in lacrosse we wear a ton of equipment and we run the same length and width of a field. And don't even get starts on rock hard pieces of rubber flying 40-100 mph on the field...

Lacrosse is very dangerous, cross checks and body checks and very fast moving projectiles (50-100 mph) makes the sport even harder

I'm not even going to start on this one. This is such a violent sport. I have no idea why I put it down here but these come to mind late. Laugh out loud. - equestrian502

Lacrosse is great

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6 Wrestling Wrestling Wrestling is a combat sport involving grappling type techniques such as clinch fighting, throws and takedowns, joint locks, pins and other grappling holds.

I'm only. Eleven years old but I go to the high school practices sometimes if the coach is mad we will wrestle for an hour straight and then go straight in to conditioning and then wrestle for another 3 hours

I don't play this sport, but obviously it's physical. - equestrian502

I'm 10 and I wrestle for my primary school. I have to practice 5 days a week and practice is just like the real thing. I've had a concussion before but I was nearly put to a stop to my dream sport by tearing my ACL and blowing out my quadriceps when I was prepping for a match.

My brother had 2 concussions and sprained his ankle badly while wrestling.

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7 Bull Riding

Why is cheerleading above this? Cheerleading can get dangerous but this is a sport where a 200 pound wild beast is intentionally trying to kill you so it's either ride or die.

Bull riding is by far the most difficult sport. Just think you're on a 2 thousand pound Animal that is trying to kill you while you're on its back

Coming from a football player, freerunner, lacrosse player, motocross racer/rider, longboarder, and free climber this has to be hands down the most dangerous sport. You are riding a pissed off cow... what...

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8 Swimming Swimming Swimming is an individual or team sport and activity. Competitive swimming is one of the most popular Olympic sports, with events in freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke, and butterfly.

When I was spending my holidays, my cousins pushed me in a swimming pool and I didn't know how to swim, it was such a dreadful situation. - Ananya

I'm not talking about the regular swimming for fun. I'm talking about the actual sport. You could pull muscles, damage your lungs, etc. You could even drown, if you're not up to it. - equestrian502

Swimming requires a lot of strength. It is very amazing todo and fun but very dangerous

9 Gymnastics Gymnastics Gymnastics is a sport involving the performance of exercises requiring strength, flexibility, balance and control.

It is the hardest, and the 4th dangerous, It should be the most dangerous and hardest.
For gymnastics you need balance gracefulness concentration strength and so many other things. You could get killed in gymnastics. There are so many ways to get hurt. Soccer and football and others have gear but we have NOTHING! There are many athletes that have had to quit or worse because it's dangerous and because it is too hard. If you want to be an Olympic gymnast you might have to quit school! So don't tell me that this sport isn't hard or dangerous!

Gymnastics should be WAY before Dance, Cheerleading, Soccer, Football, Horseback Riding, etc. I'm not going to share my reasoning because of course, I gotta hit the gym for 6 1/2 hours. Plus, this website isn't accurate. They just throw sports up here and let people vote. People probably vote twice. Gymnastics is the hardest and most dangerous sport there is. Horseback Riding? I'm literally dying over here. How is that even dangerous? You get thrown off a horse? Okay. Well gymnasts get flung off beam and bars. Even vault. So everybody...Gymnastics is the hardest. Just admit it.

Gymnastics is more harder than cheerleading trust me I went with my friend Alisha to her bring a friend to cheerleading day it was boring I didn't even brake a sweat and didn't even have fun it was really boring gymnastics is defiantly more challenging comparing to more sports!

In gymnastics it's very easy to brake a bone just doing a cartwheel or a back hip circle.

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10 Cheerleading

Cheer leading is much more than what other people think we don't do pop warner or sideline cheer this is different Allstar cheer we throw girls up in the air and you expect them to twist pull positions in the air coming from a flyer that's not easy having your bases and back spots under that might be moving it takes muscle and squeezeing every bone in your body and for the backspots you may not think there a big deal but they save lives every day without them a flyer could easily fall and brake something but that is not all we do we have to tumble twist our bodies in the air back flips front flips and if you get injured unlike other sports you don't get pulled to the side and not play the game no if you get injured you have to continue because everyone is a puzzle peice and you need everyone to complete the puzzle and the coaches are tough if you fall and get injured they take care of you but if you multiple times 50 sit-ups 50 push-ups 50 happy-stars but at the end of the day all ...more

Really football is in front of cheerleading oh yea cause tackling is so hard and catching and throwing is so hard! I like to play football for fun but cheerleading is WAY more difficult and dangerous then football and hockey and lacrosse and all those sports! Cheer you break something while on a compititon may you duck it up keep cheering and leave your worries behind! Football can't cause that much more injuries than cheer! Cheer causes death, broken bones, fracturing bones and SO much more! Football I understand like breaking your arm (not that often) but cheerleading causes way more difficulty and dangerous tricks then football... You try twisting in the air like doing a back handspring, or full or tucks I would LOVE to see a football player do our job for once see how hard cheerleading is! They would probably break their arm in minutes!

I am a competitive cheerleader and it takes passion for the sport you have to work together as a team to win you don't need a trophy or a medal to win you have your team that's happy that is what matters and I think that it takes a lot of we edgy and strength to push through it we don't complain if we get hurt we just keep going we workout we run laps it is as hard as any other sport on this list we work together as a team.

Thanks for reading and if you want to see something really cool look up Worlds 2014

This ruined my spirit as a cheerleader. - AnonymousChick

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11 Surfing Surfing Surfing is a surface water sport in which the wave rider, referred to as a surfer, rides on the forward or deep face of a moving wave, which is usually carrying the surfer towards the shore.

Surfing is far and away the world's #1 extreme sport, and I don't think anyone realizes it. There are a ton of things that make surfing dangerous (read: deadly), but all you REALLY need to have for your trump card, win-any-argument-hands-down, fact, is one word. Sharks. SHARKS, people! Along with everything else that can kill you, not just what's in the water - not to mention the water itself - and beyond all the danger factors that exist beyond that, you've got the world's most perfect killer skulking around under you. Usually in water that you can't see through, which helps speed up the mini-panic attack you're having if you let yourself think about it as you wait for a wave, but that's even a blessing in disguise in a way, because if a shark wants you, and you're dangling off a piece of wood in the middle of the ocean in little else but a bikini, consider yourself lunch - and why make it worse by allowing clear water to make you aware of your ultimate demise? Because there's ...more

Okay listen up you cheerleaders, football players, and Dancers because you hate of the top of your mouth and don't even know what you're saying. Surfing is the ultimate danger sport behind Bull and Horse Riding. Firstly, you're "field" is trying to kill you. Waves are very tough and no there are no lifeguards. Secondly, surfing has more dangerous "opponents" than these sports on the list. And no they are not people they are every person's greatest fear. SHARKS. Now that is a opponent. Thirdly, we don't wear padding like you football players. We have just a swim shorts and sometimes slippers. Fourthly, it's SWIM or DIE. The waves can easily hurl you off your board and then whip you underwater. Fifthly, sometimes you get knocked by your own board. I once had my board hit near my private part and that hurts a lot. And most importantly, we need balance and full attention. We have to practice constantly not sit lazily and shake our pom poms. In Summary, surfing is the 2nd most dangerous ...more

Sure there are dangerous sports, but surfing's "playing" field is actively trying to kill you. There is no sport on this list where you get pummeled by the field its self and it can drown you. In all the other sports there are refs and emergency help near by. Surfing, you have your self and maybe the other surfers around you. And the there's sharks, but that subject is covered elsewhere.

Wipeouts on razor sharp coral, drowning, getting knocked out by another surf board or even your own, being held under water by tons of monster waves, oh and then there are those things like... SHARKS! Every year people are killed surfing (from top professionals down to beginner level).

12 Hockey

I saw some guy's throat get slit by another players skate

You're on skates and on ice. You also get hit by 200 pound players and a rubber puck

I play hockey and it hurts when the puck hits your balls

Ice hockey is figure skating in a war zone

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13 Rock Climbing

One wrong move and you might find yourself falling off a mountain.

Most dangerous and demanding sport of all time - JoshM

14 Figure Skating

Is indeed a difficult sport, it takes 3-4 years for some people to even land a jump, much less rotating 3-4 times in midair. if anything is done wrong it can lead to injury and much less fatality. I've almost hit 10-20 people in the face from doing a certain spin or jump and the toe picks can take out someone else's eye with no problem. the bruises are extreme and we spend 2-9 hours practicing and practicing so we can score a medal in a 2 minute program.

Figure skating is really hard! It requires years of work to get good

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15 Auto Racing

The list of deaths go on forever and deaths happen in the modern day and age even with all the increased technology of safety

Dale erinhardt

16 Rugby

Each week you end up at least one pulled muscle and multiple bruises. my friend snapped his arm and carried on playing because we had no subs (this was in under 13's as well) I know countless people who've had concussion and had to be ambulanced away. bloody noses are just part of the everyday game.

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17 Parkour

It is difficult. I do not do parkour but I have seen them train and workout. They need a lot of strength and agility. They are risking their lives everyday just for the adrenaline rush of it. This should be higher than surfing. Surfing you have water. Ya you can drown but here you could fall and have a huge drop and die. You end up with broken everything in parkour. You need to do tons of activities to get in shape.

If you can do parkour, you will feel that our are the king of the world, I'm doing it (temporary stopped) since I was a child and I (surprisingly ) don't get injured - Ananya

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18 Pole Vaulting

Pole vaulting is gymnastics on a moving bar.

19 Muay Thai

Muay Thai is definitely the most dangerous of all sports, cause it has incredibly deadly strikes and dangerous throws and sweeps. you have extremely deadly strikes punches, and bone crushing kicks and you have 2 other strikes unique to Muay Thai the knee, and the elbow

It's the most dangerous of all cause of its 8 incredibly deadly strikes it has punches, kicks, and knees and elbows that make Muay Thai a uniquely dangerous martial art

I am a 13year old girl and I do muaythai.I believe muaythai is a very dangerous sport because 1: you can get very bad injuries from the 4 main strike punch, kick,knee and elbow two of which can brake your nose etc and slice the skin. 2: we do very dangerous sweeps and take downs (I have seen a snapped knee in this sport before) and 3: yo. Can get you rips,neck,nose,arm,leg etc... All of them can be broken. So I believe muaythai is definitely a more deadly sport and deserves not to be number 17

20 Skateboarding Skateboarding Skateboarding is an action sport which involves riding and performing tricks using a skateboard. Skateboarding can also be considered a recreational activity, an art form, a job, or a method of transportation.

Skateboarding is not only physically challenging it is mentally challenging and it is very dangerous I play many sports and skatebakeding is defiantly the hardest! I've broken more bones skateboarding as well. Trying to learn things is frustrating and painful! I've played soccer basketball gymnastics and skateboarding is by far the hardest

It is easy now, at least for me. Yes once it was difficult, but not now - Ananya

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