Top Ten Hardest Sports

Hardest sports to do that take the most skill but not given credit to.
The Top Ten
1 Gymnastics Gymnastics is a sport involving the performance of exercises requiring strength, flexibility, balance and control.

Honestly, no other sport can possibly compare to gymnastics. When I quit, 3 years ago, I tried out some other sports. I competed swimming, horseback, and cheerleading for quite a while. I have respect for everyone who pursues these sports, but they just weren't the same level of challenge as gymnastics.

I came back to the gym this year despite the grueling practices, the pain, the inevitable injuries, and coaches who yell at you after every mistake. Gymnastics is just so hard because you are chasing perfection while doing crazy difficult things. It's a mind game. You have to FORCE your body to get over the fear to do insane skills on a 4 inch balance beam and don't even think about missing your hands! If you have a bad fall, you're expected to get back up and do it again until it's right.

Little girls and boys train their childhoods away with hopes of someday reaching perfection in the hardest sport in the world - gymnastics.

Finally, people always think that gymnastics is such an easy sport. Well they obviously don't know what they are talking about. Trying gymnastics when your little doesn't count. You don't have to do anything. All you do is prance around the gym and do nothing. If you were serious, you will get somewhere. Training for an hour after school for cheerleading is pathetic. The level 4 gymnasts train for at least 3 hours 4 days a week. And we don't mess around when we condition either. When you commit to this sport, there is no turning back. Gymnastics IS the hardest sport in the world, and for all those people who think that its just so easy, why don't you go try to do what we can do.

It is definitely the most strenuous sport! It is difficult, very difficult, to reach absolute perfection. People may watch it and say, "oh yeah, gymnastics, the easy sport, I can easily do that," have no idea what they are saying. Gymnasts train many hours each day, sometimes up to 6- 10 hours each day. The conditioning is also quite tough, and that is because you have to be strong in order to do well in gymnastics. Another thing is it is very difficult because it requires fearlessness and strong mental discipline. You have to conquer the fear of injury, failure, imperfection, and just doing the skill in general. You also deal with injuries from bleeding palms to broken necks to paralysis. You have to know exactly what you are doing, and if you don't then good luck to you. Olympic gymnasts make it look so easy, but it really isn't at all.

I think this is definitely the hardest sport and the sport that requires the most skill. One of my friends plays hockey and they say, "Oh, we'll that's nothing! Try skating around at top speed for an hour and blah, blah, blah". This sport you are running at top speed for a long time! How do you think people can do jumps or flips from the ground? Or get up onto bars and then swing? Or what about vault? You need to run for that, too! And, to top it off, all of the examples I just mentioned HAVE to have skill involved and a long time of training. You can't just wake up one morning and say "I'm gonna do a bridge today! " Cause guess what? If you did do that, you would break your back! Gymnastics also has very bad injuries; Achilles' tendons, bleeding, broken bones, head injuries. One of my friends also say "well in hockey and wrestling and MMA you can get your teeth knocked out". Well, I used to take gymnastics and I did have one of my teeth knocked out. What else do you think happens ...more

2 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.

Swimming is SUPER HARD. I'm on a swim team, and you have to push yourself beyond the regular limit. You have to work and endure. You have to build up endurance, flip underwater (flip turns) and work hard. It's an amazing sport, but super hard and demanding. You have to really care about it to be good.

Swimming is fun, but it can be hard, I remember failing my swimming lesson level twice when I took swimming lessons it was hard to pass the level

Okay, I've done a lot of sports over the years and swimming is definitely the hardest of them all. People complain of doing conditioning for most of the practice, but swimming IS conditioning. I mean it demands every muscle of your body, and believe me, you have to be TOUGH. In my opinion, swimming and gymnastics are the top two hardest. Swimming is so underestimated. Seriously. I absolutely hate when people argue over the hardest sport because its like comparing apples and oranges, they are all different in their own way. A lot of people think that at swim practice we just swim back and forth the whole time and that's that, but it's so much more than that. The sets we do are so utterly grueling and demanding of your body. I've seen many people (myself included) throw up out of pain and exhaustion during practice. Also, if you miss a few practices you immediately get out of shape and its really hard to get back into practices. Swimmers are all so fit and it is so important to eat ...more

Man, my friend does swimming and he's taught me his drills he does for practice and it's a fat challenge for sure. Undeniably hard. Coming from a cc, gymnastics, football, basketball and for fun water polo player

3 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 ...read more.

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Riding is definitely one of the hardest sports. People think it's easy. "You just sit there, the horse does all the work, I could get on a horse and gallop." Those are the things I hear. We have to control a 1200 pound animal who has a mind, mouth, and legs of its own. Now, I am in no way a professional, but this is a demanding sport. There are no breaks. There are no second chances. The moment you get on that horse, your life is at risk. We jump higher than you are tall. We gallop faster than the fastest human has run. We fall, we get kicked and bitten. But we get back on because we can't leave our horse hanging. Horses are not just our horse, they are our teammate, our best friend. So, before you tell me riding is easy, that it's not a sport, try it first. Then you'll see it's not easy.

I have not done any of the sports on this list except for riding. All sports are hard, some easier than others, but still hard. I only do light, not competitive gymnastics and that's still hard. But onto the riding. Unlike most other sports, we do not have breaks. We have a couple of minutes to show what we've been training for for up to months or a year. And when we fall, there are no mats to catch us. We fall onto solid ground and risk being trampled by a 1200 animal. It is so dangerous. We sometimes get hurt and don't even noticed because we're accustomed to it. We have to remember so many things correcting our position all while asking: What could scare my horse? Toes up, heels down, back straight, shoulders rolled back, head up, keep contact with the mouth, loosen/shorten the reins, elbows bent, less/more leg pressure, etc, etc. All while controlling an animal that could kill us in less than a second. We speak a language a non-equestrian could never understand. Can you control a ...more

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 ...more

I have been riding for 9 years. I have done gymnastics and many of my friends do competitive cheer. When you fall in thoes sports there are mats. There are people to help you. When I fall off my horse there are no mats. There is no padding. I fall either on jumps on on the ground. Sometimes you get kicked. Sometines you get dragged. Sometimes you get stepped on. And there is no bench in our sport. There is no time out or pause. We have two minutes in the ring to show what we got. There is no re-do. You have to commit fully. I have been severely hurt by my horse. I have been bucked and reared off. I have fallen on jumps. I have been dragged, stepped on, kicked, and bitten. I get right back on and its like nothing ever happened. You push through pain and discomfort. You train long hours to get things right. You put your own life on the line when you ride. You are sitting on a 1k +pound animal with a mind if its own. There is no going back once you really truly get into the sport. It ...more

4 Figure Skating Figure skating is a sport in which individuals, duos, or groups perform on figure skates on ice. It was the first winter sport included in the Olympics, in 1908. The four Olympic disciplines are men's singles, ladies' singles, pair skating, and ice dance.

Figure skating is for sure the hardest sport. In addition to what everyone else has said, there is a huge mental aspect to it, something that most sport players don't even understand. Sometimes you can be so afraid to fall on that hard ice that you psych yourself out and can't even do the jump you are attempting for years! Gymnasts and cheerleaders feel pain but the floor they work on gives in and is slightly bouncy. Ice is 100% hard, and hurts much worse than any fall I've taken doing gymnastics. I have a bruise that was been on my knee for at least 2 years and I keep falling on it so it will probably never heal, it hurts sometimes when a put just a tiny pressure on it. People often think that once you learn how to skate you will all of sudden be able to do all the spins and jumps we do, but that is ridiculous, you will break something if you try to figure skate after just learning how to stroke around the ice.

I am a figure skater. I started 4 months ago and I am now in free style 1. It is so hard! When you fall sometimes you don't want to get up. But you have to! ' To be able to do any jump you must flexible! When you watch the Olympic the girls legs are born flexible they made it that way. The height is so hard. One of the most basic jumps the waltz jump isn't that easy to get high without making it look ugly. It looks so easy, but the reason it looks easy is because the skater is so good. Don't judge a sport until you tried it. You might not get tired if you have never ice skates before and you are going for fun. But you have to admit it is hard! Just skating is hard! Not to mention that more than half the people that go ice skating don't even skate they walk on ice like they were walking on the floor! They can't even do they easiest thing: skate. And most people don't even know how to tie their skates!

It's very difficult because its not only physically demanding, but mentally demanding. Most of the time you aren't with a team so it's all on you to do your best. Everything has to be prefect in your technique to be the best and even if you have great jumps and spins, your expression has to be perfect too. They don't care if you're smiling or not in football. Also, when you are synchronized skating, like me, you have to work together as a team mentally and physically. If you don't, you could cause a collision and someone could get seriously hurt. Judges judge you on the ability to perform movements in unison. There are many other things that go along with figure skating: dance, moves in the field, freestyle, synchronized, and pairs. Figure skating is my favorite Olympic event by far because its actually entertaining to watch. It's not fun to watch football because you know what they're going to do: run across the field with a ball and maybe throw it a few times. In figure skating, ...more

I have only dreamed about Figure Skating up to this point, but one thing is clear. It takes dedication, skill, and many other things that I hadn't even considered. You have to muscle condition and take ballet to even be considered entering a competition. This is of course, after you take many courses, possibly even private lessons if you can't get the hang of it. Many people practice for years and cannot make it to nationals be the mental, physical, and emotional strain is too much. To think walking backwards is hard enough, think of the courage and skill it takes to skate at high speeds backwards, and at perfect timing jump into the air, spin, and land on the edge of a 4 mm blade. I believe this is the sport of aerodynamics and warriors.

5 Water Polo

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 like soccer, basketball, swimming, and wrestling all in one sport. And you have to keep from drowning when the opponents have all their weight on you. People tend to think it's not a hard sport because you just float in the water but they don't understand that even if you aren't moving up or down the pool the players are still treading water. And yes, broken bones are less common because the water acts as a buffer. But then think about how hard someone has to get hit in order to break something. I had my nose broken and I know many other people that have and it takes some serious strength to do that in the water. I think that water polo is one of the toughest, hardest, most strenuous, and under-rated games out there.

You play water polo for the first time, and you feel like you're going to die. It is the most grueling sport there is. The conditioning is harder than what swimmers do, the games are fights underwater and conditioning above, and the mental stress that is put on the players during the game to not break down and give up when your body cries out is unreal. There truly isn't anything harder to play. Especially when the guy you're guarding gives you the look. The look that tells you he wants to tear you apart and score a goal. If you ever doubt that water polo is the most difficult sport, look at the men and women who play it. You have to look like them, and be strong like them to stand a chance in this sport.

Water polo.
Try being pushed around so much that you barely know which way is up.
Try all out sprints to the ball, being pushed by your opponent so that you can't keep your head up.
Try being kicked, punched and even bitten.

And all of that is under water.

Try coming up for air after being pushed under and then being pushed again so you inhale water.

Water polo is the most physically demanding sport on the planet, you have to push yourself out of the water using only your pure leg strength, while being defended, while trying to assess the situation in the pool and while keeping your position. You can't fake being fit, there is no way to back out. You can't hide in water polo.

6 Hockey

"Horse back riding? Really? That's not even a sport! "
Really? Do you know how insulting that is? We work 4 hours a day, 6 or 7 days a week every week of every month and Every month of every year. So that 1 or 2 times a month during the summer we could have a chance to win a 20 cent ribbon. If it's not hard why do we have to work everyday of the year for a show, and still have the possibility to get 8th place. Why then, wouldn't we not work all year then go to a show and get 1st place? If it were so easy. And you say a real sport is scored and not judged, and that horse riding is judged. But it's not. Judging is an opinion. Is it an opinion... That I knocked down a rail? That I wasn't on the correct lead? That the horse took a half step before the jump? That the horse refused the jump? That we went over the time limit? Are these opinions? No. They are facts. We get scores. Knocked down a rail? 4 faults. Horse refused? 4 faults. Over the time limit? 2 faults for every 5 seconds ...more

You can imagine Zdeno Chara as a star basketball player, you can imagine Pavel Datsyuk as a speedy soccer player, you can imagine Jarome Iginla playing professional baseball (because he did), but can you imagine LeBron James, Christiano Ronaldo, or Miguel Cabrera quickly getting into hockey? No. None of them have likely ever worn ice skates. Anyone can mount a horse, throw a football, wrestle, and row with a slight amount of practice (I understand the difficulty of becoming skilled) but hockey requires the ability to skate and not just a little bit, you NEED to be an excellent skater to play the game at all. Hockey is tough. Period.

I am a competitive hockey player, a volleyball player, and a horseback rider.
I will tell you right now that riding is the hardest.
I have played hockey for seven years, ridden for five and played volleyball for only one. I love hockey, appreciate it, and would like to think I'm decent at it too. I've had coaches that were so hard on me that no other team was able to complete half our exercises without falling over with exhaustion. However, it must be said that that doesn't compare to climbing the side of a mountain on the bare back of a horse. Yes, you heard right, no saddle to hold onto. Horses and humans alike were sweating buckets within the first half hour of our ride. This went on for four hours up the mountain, and then back down. Let me tell you, falling onto your horse's withers every time he jumps down a steep bank is not fun. At all. Some people's saddles were sliding onto their horse's neck, that's how steep it was.
Oh, and whoever said that the players are ...more

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!

7 Freestyle Wrestling

I'm a girl and have been wrestling for seven years now I am only 11 years old. I don't wrestle girls I only wrestle guys. And I am also wrestling at an age group of 13 and 14 year old kids. I go to practice Monday through Friday every week and on weekends I go to wrestling tournaments Sunday is the only day I have off. Every day you have to give it your all or you don't get nothing accomplished. I've tried other sports before like soccer tennis volleyball and basketball but nothing compared to the exhaustion that I get on the mat. I wrestle with people that are two years older than me. During the summer I weigh like 125 but when the rest of the year I only weigh like 100 lbs. We wrestle all year round but don't have any tournaments after July. Then wrestling tournaments start up in October again. Wrestling doesn't only teach how to win a match it teaches discipline and endurance. The only People that think wrestling is easy are the people that have never done it before. Like my coach ...more

Competition cheer leading? Are you serious? How does that make any sense? You are competing, you have to have spot on timing and accuracy. But wrestling you need not only your own accuracy, you have to be precise to a tee. Mess up a move and you're broken, I'm talking metal plates attached to collarbones and potentially life ruining accidents broken. There is no one else to help you, there is no "team" on that mat. Just you and the other guy, 9 minutes, and a lot of pain. If you get hurt you keep wrestling, if you're bleeding you keep wrestling, I've watched guys with broken collarbones continue wrestling because they felt as though they had too. He level of dedication it takes to wrestle is unmatched by any other sport, period.

To add onto the physical challenge of wrestling you have the mental pains too. When someone is taking your arms and bending it behind you in an attempt to make you move and you're not supposed to it takes as much mental strength as anything else in the ...more

Whoever ranked these are nuts. Gymnastics & Wrestling should be at the top - with wrestling ranked higher. These sports require the use of every muscle, mental clarity, speed, balance, agility, flexibility, endurance, strength. Wrestling always has an opponent working against the athlete (as a complete unknown) countering every move, and the wrestler not only has to be aggressive, offensive and defensive - at the same time. A wrestler can't decide to compete only in competitions which support their strengths - he must participate in neutral, defense position, and offense position- (For example: a wrestler may be strong at double leg takedowns, but has to wrestle an opponent who wrestles from knees in neutral - completely taking away his advantage. Whereas, gymnasts choose to compete in their strongest areas. A person who cannot balance on the beams doesn't have to compete & can stick to the floor competition. ) Bars, mats, trampolines - these are all known entities and do not equate ...more

I think wrestling is by far the hardest sport out there. If someone tries it in middle school or something yeah it probably wasn't that hard. As soon as high school and college hits the intensity level goes higher than any other sport I've been a part of or have watched. Not only do we have 2 hour long practices in a 90+ degree room, then there is weight room after to try and maintain some of the muscle that is being lost by constantly cutting 15-20 pounds for at least the three month regular season. Then there is out of practice conditioning if you want to be any good. Which is usually done in full sweats or plastics if you happen to be really overweight that week. Not to mention the regular season occurs during Christmas and thanksgiving so you can't eat anything while you have to watch everyone else feast. Plus wrestling is a year round sport, again if you want to be any good at it. I always wrestled every off season tournament that I could. During football season is have to go to ...more

8 Motorcross

Motocross is not just sitting on a dirt bike and twist the throttle back around a circle. You have to have the balls to jump 100 ft jumps and to ride a turn full throttle leaning the bike and putting pressure on the outside peg. I have been racing motocross for 5 years and I have broken my foot and have bruised my kidney and I've also had three concussions. Yet I still love the sport and my love for the sport will never end. You burn about 1000 calories just being on the bike for 30 minutes. Your arms get so tired that you can't even hold onto the bike anymore. If you think the sport is easy than you get out there and try to hang with us!

I've done Motocross for many years and I have to say just a little day at the track = SUPER SORE the next day! I've been knocked out twice in races and have had 4 concussions. Motocross is often overlooked by some. But there is a reason why not many know of or do it, because it takes time, patience, balance, and skill. It's a lost art. But for those who have a passion for it and where born into it know what I'm talking about. And others might say taking a big right hook in MMA or Boxing takes more endurance that a 30 minute moto with 2 extra laps are crazy, because they have obviously never sat on a dirk bike, let alone risen one. In my opinion, from a experienced rider. It's the most physically demanding sport in the world. Cheerleading is cool and all but to a contact sport player or a motocross rider its not a sport. When someone talks about a motocross injury its either a broken bone, split something or brain injury. A dance or cheerleading injury is "! I just sprained my angle! ...more

Been riding for about 10 years. To many concussions to count, two broken collarbones, got a handlebar under the helmet, breaking out 4 teeth, have 4 Implants, broken rib, endless fingers, and a compressed spine.. Love the sport still ride every week. Love the sport, can't get enough. By far the hardest sport around is Motocross, I've played all sports too, soccer, American football, lacrosse, baseball, golf, and free-dive aka hold breath and swim around 40 feet down stay there for 30-40 seconds while looking for fish if spearfishing, or lobster for dinner, then come back up... NONE of these are even close to the sport of motocross. The second hardest sport I've done was honestly golf. That damn ball never wants to go to the hole. I mean 400+ yards into a cup with a golf ball? Hard to break Par. Anyways, enough for rambling, motocross is #1! No one that thinks any of these sports above is harder than motocross has never ridden. But we, if you're like me, have done plenty of other ...more

A guy told me motocross isn 't that hard, and that baseball is harder, this was my reply.

First off, its Motocross . So you say Motocross isn't a physically demanding sport? Well let me share some knowledge with you. Getting tackled by 250 pounds going 20mph , How about getting hit buy a 235 pound metal bike going 45mph? Constantly squatting down and jumping explosively blocking a shot , How about squatting every time you hit a jump, bringing a 235 pound bike with you by squeezing it with your legs? get tripped on your shin at full speed , Yea that's gotta hurt, but not worse than getting sideways on a bike and taking a handlebar to the gut. Which can slice your insides open like bread. Get hit 200 times in a matter of minutes , what sport is that? Definitely not football, basketball, soccer or wrestling. How about you get hit 200 times in a race with flying rocks traveling at 60 mph cutting your flesh? I have holes in my Jerseys from roost, got scars to prove it to. A dirt ...more

9 Cross Country

I'm a pretty well-rounded athlete, I've tried Gymnastics, Equestrian, and cheer, and all of those things. I currently do Track, Softball, Volleyball, Basketball, and cross country is the hardest thing I've ever done and it gets me a lot of credit when I talk about it.

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 ...more

Cross country runners are never really given much praise compared to people who play sports like soccer, and this is because soccer is an enjoyable sport. Cross country isn't something you can look forward to like you can for soccer. Those of you who disagree, either you haven't tried it or are biased for whatever reason. I'm going to put it straight.
Cross country is easily one of the hardest sports. I am not disrespecting the skill and determination involved in other sports, but cross country is endless pain. It's 10+ miles of running up hills in any weather, 100 degrees or rainstorms. There is no entertainment. You're bored, sore and gasping the whole time. You cramp and want to stop at every step you take. There are no breaks in the races

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 ...more

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

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 ...more

Okay here's the thing: everyone is completely biased when they say their sport is the hardest. I mean, I can see how swimming, water polo, and gymnastics are ranked high. However, a lot of people don't understand wrestling and therefore don't think it's hard. They just think about how it looks gay. People think their practices are hard because they do a little conditioning a day, like 20 minutes. Wrestling is ALL conditioning plus strength endurance. You are grappling with all your strength for 6 minutes (can be more or less, depending on how you do) against someone else doing the same. Also, what other sport has blood time and injury time?

The only people who say wrestling isn't the hardest sport are people who are afraid to do it. Wrestling is not only the sport you need the most discipline for by far, you also need endurance, strength, speed, skill, heart and the list goes on. This is why most people who try wrestling quit very early into the season. I once tried to get a basketball guy into the wrestling room just once because he was saying how easy it is and he threw up during warm ups. I've played soccer, rugby, rugby 7's, football, Cross Country, and I'm telling you right now wrestling is by far the hardest sport.

You don't just only do Wrestling and Strength. You need has Good Strength, Endurance, and Mental. So please don't Underestimate it.

The Contenders
11 Soccer Association football, more commonly known as football or soccer, is a sport played between two teams of eleven players each. It is played with a spherical ball. The objective is to score the ball in the other teams goal.

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 ...more

Soccer is for sure one of the hardest sports. People think, oh well you just kick the ball into the net, honestly that isn't how it works. When a soccer player receives the ball, millions of things are going through their head like, whether to dribble, whether to pass, whether to shoot. Once they decide, even more things go through their head. If they decide to take the ball themselves they have to decide where to dribble to, if they need to do any trick moves, and when they need to get rid of the ball. Then if they decide to make a pass, they have to think about timing, how hard the ball needs to be played, who to play it to, what kind of pass needs to be made, and then once they get rid of the ball, they have to make a run elsewhere to try to get open to receive a pass. If they shoot, they need to think where to place it and how hard to shoot it, they also have to follow up their shots.

Decision making isn't the only aspect of soccer that is important. You have to be fast ...more

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 ...more

Soccer is definitely the absolute hardest sport that I have ever played in my entire life. I have tried just about every single sport imaginable, figure skating, competition cheerleading, competition swimming, gymnastics etc. And only some of those sports compare to the level of skill, strength, speed and motivation that soccer requires. Also in soccer you have to have aggression for the ball, which is something you cannot teach. In soccer you have to do all kinds of core training and running. How is cheerleading harder? I did cheerleading and it wasn't even that hard. Its only hard if you aren't good at it! Also swimming was probably the easiest sport I have ever played in my entire life. But then again how hard could a combination of floating, kicking and arm strokes in a chlorine pool be so hard? I can agree that gymnastics is one of the hardest sports but figure skating.. REALLY? Figure skating was again among some of the easiest skills for me.

12 Competiton Cheerleading

Cheerleading is definitely the hardest sport I've ever done. People tell me that cheerleading isn't a sport or that all it is, is a bunch of girls clapping and yelling. It's much harder and more complex than that. I've cheered for about 8 years now and it keeps getting harder and harder. In the past, I've played soccer, softball, and I danced. None of them compare to how hard cheerleading is. You can get very very injured if you make the slightest mistake. It's a HUGE team sport. Cheerleaders have to rely on their teammates to keep them safe. It's really complicated to learn all the chants and cheers because you have to remember the words and moves. Learning the dances is also very hard because you have to remember which move goes on which count and everyone has to hit their specific move on the right count or the routine wont look right. The conditioning is also a very hard part of cheerleading. People should go out and cheer. See how long they can take it.

Everyone think that any type of cheerleading is jumping around on a mat and screaming... But that is NOT the case. I want a football player to jump into our stunts, do the tumbling we do, perform the routines we do, and make it look as easy as we do. Even though I think most of us have those days where we don't want to go to practice. I don't think I could ever say wrestling is just boys rolling around on the floor with other sweaty boys, because I haven't tried it before and don't know the endurance it might take. Therefor, it's not fair that people that haven't tried cheer before, and perform the 2 minute and 30 second routines we do. People say that "it's not a sport because it has judges"... Are you serious. Do you really want to go there. What about figure skating, gymnastics, or competitive dance? People say that these are sports, but don't they have judges too? Let's have someone who plays football, basketball, wrestling, or anything else that is a typical sport come to one of ...more

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.

Competitive Cheerleading is by far one of the hardest sports out there. Not only must you throw girls around and then catch her, but you must make it look easy... Think about it. You've been working 4 days a week for months and months, and you only have 2.5 minutes to prove that you are the best, and you must execute every skill perfectly without ever appearing to break a sweat. Key word there appearing... We do break a sweat! Girls must all be tossed in to the air, CAUGHT, pull one leg up by their face, and make a look pretty. Then when you land that, you do it again, and again. After this you must flip your body through the air, twisting, and turning before landing perfectly on your feet. And talk about jumps! You must pull your legs to your face while jumping into the air... and do it maybe 4 times without stopping plus a flip at the end. A cheerleaders job is to be strong, graceful, powerful, and entertaining all without ever appearing to really "try". I guess if you think ...more

13 Rowing

From a strictly physical standpoint, I definitely think rowing is the most challenging; no other activity hurts the same way.
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Related to the physical hardship, I think mental toughness and motivation in rowing are harder to find and more essential to master than in any other sport.
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You have to give other categories their due, though.
First I would give it bad marks in skill: rowing involves incredibly precise skills, but often a lack of skill is compensated with more physicality, so it isn't so incredibly important and certainly not so hard to master as the skills in many other sports; gymnastics probably takes first place in this category. Perfection in a stroke means a great deal, but is neither as important nor as difficult to achieve as the skills in a sport like gymnastics, or even some others like football.
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I think consideration also has to be given to danger and risk. Altogether, rowing is among the least dangerous sports. There is some risk in ...more

Either school or crew, pick your poison. Crew has practices year round. All days of the week. Even the mornings before school. It's too cold outside to run? Get on the Ergometer. It's raining and you're freezing? Put on a jacket and launch your boat. Your hands hurt? 2k test. Your legs are cramping and you're on the edge of blacking out? Keep taking water and keep rowing. If you stop, you lose the race. No lie. Crew is a lifestyle. Unlike other conventional sports where people play for fun and pleasure, an athlete must absolutely love crew in order to keep on working. Without the slightest but out doubt, an athlete can bring down his team and in turn, lose the race. It's much different than shooting a ball in a basket, or hitting a ball with a racket. It's so much different, and so much more. There's more to this sport than meets the eye. This sport is a way of life. So stop complaining about face masks, flat balls, or rained out fields. Put down those protective pads, that bat and ...more

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 ...more

Rowing is so much harder than 13TH! Really this sport should be way further up on this list. And really! I agree with the other people here cheerleading and sports like that have NOTHING on rowing. Try the early mornings, the EXTREMELY HARD trainings where you want to vomit because you can barely see anything anymore it is tilting so much- you are that dizzy and out of breathe AND EVERY muscle in your body KILLS. This is not an easy sport and it has a lot of technique, hard work and between the cost, early mornings, and amount of trainings it should be so much further up on the list. Plus like what the others have said trying to keep in time perfectly with the other people and making sure you don't let them down, so racing your hardest no matter how much you wish you could stop or you could take a break! You have to keep going meaning it is a lot more demanding then anything ESPECIALLY cheerleading.

14 Bull Riding Bull riding is a rodeo sport that involves a rider getting on a bucking bull and attempting to stay mounted while the animal tries to buck off the rider.American bull riding has been called "the most dangerous eight seconds in sports." To receive a score, the rider must stay atop the bull for eight ...read more.

Notice how most of these comments are along the lines of "Look you're riding a bull" rather than anything intelligent or well thought out. This is not a sport. Contrary to popular belief, the bull has no desire to kill anyone. The animal is jut scared, stressed, overwhelmed and desperately trying to rid itself of the bucking strap. Yes, you heard right: that "blood-thirsty" bull is scared.
Bull riding is life-threatening, yes, but I wouldn't call it a very hard sport. All you really have to do is hold on tight and there's not much more to it.

Risk does not equal difficulty. Just because you could get killed it does NOT mean it is a sport. If I walk on thin ice, I could get hypothermia or drown, but that does not make it a sport. I could get electrocuted if I stick my fork in the toaster, but that does not make it a sport. I could bleed to death if I'm careless in the woodshop and sever my arm with an electric saw, but that doesn't make it a sport either.
Point made, I hope.

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.

Many people have died from bull riding. If you've rode a mechanical bull before, riding an actual bull is like 10x harder. People don't realize how hard it is but here's a little summary: it feels like you're standing on a gravel rode while a massive earthquake is hitting, it throws you around and basically plays with you like you're it's doll.

15 Volleyball Volleyball 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.

So, if you can jump high enough, if you can time your jump precisely, if you can place your left hand to intercept a spike at point blank range, if that ball deflects up and softly to your team mates behind you, if they pass the ball to the setter, and if that is you, if you can land after your block, if you can quickly locate the pass, if you can move into position underneath the ball, if you can set the ball accurately to your team mate, who then attacks successfully... if you can do all that while your left hand is numb from the impact it suffered one second ago; If you can do all that in two seconds or less and still think it's easy, you must be the greatest athlete ever.

Volleyball is extremely difficult especially competitively. This sport is a complete mental game. Once some one gets in your head your cracked and the game is over. You have to think about everything your doing in fast paces. Where your supposed to be when there hitting. How high your platform should be when your passing. How much leg muscle you should use to push a hut. Foot work is different in passing, setting and hitting. You have to master every piece of volleyball to succeed. Plus conditioning. I've ran track and I think I do more running and conditioning at a volleyball practice then I did in track. I practice for 4 and a half hours every Saturday. Just to prepare me for an all day tournament. You don't see swimmers swimming for 6 hours or any other sport play 6 games in a day! So volleyball is extremely hard because it's a physical endurance sport and a mental sport.

Volleyball is probably not the hardest sport in the world, but it is pretty difficult for a while. It takes strength, knowing where to be at all times, and bravery. You need strength to serve the ball, to pass the ball, to spike the ball, and even to set the ball. If you don't have strength, then you won't be able to do much. Also you have to know where to be at all times, because if you aren't where you are supposed to be, you lose the point and possibly the game. It is very important to be where you need to be. Also bravery is very important, possibly the most important. The whole time you have to be brave. You have to go for the ball. You have to fight for it. Yes, there are so many injuries that can be caused by this game. Some include, spraining your leg or arm, breaking your leg or arm, and getting a concussion. You have to be brave, but know all of these things. You fight for the ball no matter what happens. Volleyball is very difficult sport, competitively and mentally.

Honestly this is pathetic. Whoever made this list has never played volleyball. There is no way in a million years that competitive cheer is ranked higher. Like all they do is through a 60 pound girl with the help of 2+ people. While we volleyball players through ourselves on the floor while Making a perfect pass and having to get up in the matter of what...3-5 seconds? I will fight to prove to people that volleyball is all most a life threating sport. When people hear volleyball they most likely think of gym volleyball when you practice under serving that is nothing like an actual game. It should be at least the top five if not higher.

16 Synchronized Swimming

Synchronized swimming is definitely the hardest sport. It requires endurance, flexibility, strength, mental strength, and a lot of determination. If you think synchro is easy, your wrong. Have you ever tred water for hours? Have you ever been pushed into a 2 feet over split? Have you ever had six hour practices every day? Ever been kicked in the face or in the head, but had to keep on swimming with that fake plastic smile? Have you ever had to memorized every move and every count for every routine? Have you ever felt your lungs burning and dying in your chest but knew if you came up your coach would kill you? Have you ever swam sprint free for 20 minutes straight? Have you ever had aches in your toes and knees from extending them too hard? Have you ever had to do all that and live with the fact that people think its easy? Try doing that and let me know how it's going.

The top two most difficult sports on this list are gymnastics and competitive swimming. Why don't you try putting the two already challenging sports together to create synchronized swimming. Imagine, you're standing in a line with your team of eight while watching the team before you swim their routine. The nerves build up as you get closer and closer to your turn. After the team ahead of you is finished you walk onto the pool deck in an orderly fashion. The goose bumps on your skin raise sky high as you pose along the edge of the ice cold, three meter deep pool. The whistle blows and the adrenaline rushes through your veins. What if you lose your nose clips? What if you accidentally touch the bottom of the pool? What if you lose track of your counts? All of these fears and many more go through your mind over and over again. You take a deep breath in. This is it, this is what you and your team mates have been preparing long and hard for. You see your coaches out of the corner of your ...more

Honestly, synchronized swimming should be ranked in the top ten for sure... NOT 44th! Synchronized swimmers are overall probably the best athletes. They need to be flexible, strong and have INCREDIBLE endurance. Synchronized swimming is a combination of many sports such as gymnastics, dance and of course swimming. Swimmers need to be able to perform 3 min long routines where about about half of the routine is spent under water, holding your breath. If you don't think that's tough, try running as fast as you can without breathing. Plus, as tough as it is, the swimmers need to smile and perform while doing it and make it look as easy as possible. Synchronized swimming is NOT easy and if you don't agree... Try it YOURSELF!

This sport combines so many difficult things but right off the bat you have to remember half of what we do is spent not breathing. You are using your muscles constantly yet you are only allowed to breathe a specific times. And you have to be synchronized switch everyone else. Touch the bottom or wall? Penalty. Get landed on or kicked by a teammate? Keep swimming until you're done or you've let your entire team down. Can't remember the counts? Well you messed everything up.
You have to be flexible and strong. Two things that don't go together as easily as you'd think. Try stretching while activation your muscles. Then add being upside down holding your breathe a foot away from your teammate who is kicking you because they have to be that close as well as being graceful artistic and smiling. That's hard.

17 Cycling

I do Cycling myself, I also played inline hockey, water polo, swimming and tennis, if I were to put these sports into an order from the hardest to the easiest it would be: 1. inline hockey 2. Water polo 3. CYCLING 4. Swimming and 5. tennis. It is a sport were you need a lot of stamina and be exercised very well, you always have to push yourself to keep up and have a very good technique or else you have nearly no chance in keeping up with others. My heart rate sometimes goes to 200 beats per minute and I am very experienced! Also it is not to sit a lot at the pc or desktop because you can get a lot of cramps when in a race or training, I think this sport should deserve a vote and be in the top 15 at least!

Over 100 miles at over an average speed of 25mph for 7 days then have a day off then do it for another 7 days have a day of then again another 7 days and this is just one race in the season. People might think their just riding a bike but it's the toughest sport just for the endurance and just how hard it is on the cyclists bodies. Yes there are tough sports like rugby, ice hockey boxing where physical contact is part of the sport but the matches/bouts last a short period of time compared to a cycle race and their not expected to do it all again the next day.

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 ...more

Cycling an extremely difficult sport. My brother and sister are both cyclists. My brother is an international however. Training consists of mental and physical attributes. Mental training is preparing yourself to realise that there will always have an obstacle in your way, doesn't matter what sport, also mental training is having your mind set to doing you best, putting 150% or more all the way. Physical training is preparing your actual body. You must have upper body strength and most important lower body strength, legs. Physical training consists of a lot of leg work and working on endurance whether you are a endurance rider or sprinter endurance is very important in cycling. In sprinting you have to keep at a certain speed for a length of time in some events and then find the strength in you to go at a higher speed and keep accelerating more and more until you cross that finish line. I would personally categories cycling as one of the top 20 hardest sports because I know for a fact ...more

18 Long-distance Triathlon

I don't understand how this is #27. I've been looking at various pages on difficult sports, and most "experts" seem to think that specific aspects of a sport is what make it hard (such as coordination, technique etc). NO. You automatically learn those things from being in that sport. You adapt. You can be the best basketball player, but be the worst in something else. Difficulty is NOT equal to practice.
What makes a sport hard is how hard you have to push your body and mind to the abosolute limit, to even compete. The foundation of all sports is in the Triathlon. I have done all 3 sports at a competitive level, and there is nothing like pushing yourself until you are going to faint or puke. You don't get that in other sports. Its not about practice, its about how hard it is for a body.
If you give anyone (fit) a (fair) amount of time (years) they can master any sport, just based on practice. On sports like triathlon, you don't get that. You have to have a superhuman body and ...more

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.

It is beyond my belief that people believe that a long distance triathlon (or ANY triathlon for that matter) is ranked 20th overall. I know it does not receive as much media attention because other, more "exciting" sports are what the fans want to watch, but this is VERY hard. You have to be almost insane to do this sport. Those of you who were complaining about lactic acid, having to compete (or practice) several hours a day, well, tack on more than twice what you were complaining about, and you've got a long distance triathlon. 13, 14, 15, 16 hours straight of excruciating physical activity. 2.4 miles of swimming, ONE HUNDRED TWELVE (112) miles of biking (usually takes 5-6 hours) and then a marathon (26.2 miles) on top of it. Marathons themselves are an extreme showing of physical activity. Just saying, if this sport received more media attention, it would be #1 for sure. Inhuman levels of endurance and speed. The people that compete in these are the best athletes in the world. All ...more

This is not an easy sport. If swimming is second on the list then this must place higher up than 20th as this consists of swimming and cycling and running. You have to master three sports, three different techniques- all muscles groups are used. It is mentally excruciating, whether it be long distance or short distance. You push yourself to the absolute limit every time you go and train. I, as a 15 year old girl, have puked at training various times due to the physical barriers I have crossed.

19 Basketball Basketball is a sport played by two teams of five players on a rectangular court. The objective is to shoot a ball through a hoop 18 inches in diameter and 10 feet high mounted to a backboard at each end.

Sadly, a lot People Underestimate it. You don't do only Throw Ball at a Basket. You need do Teamwork, Agility, Strength, Speed, Reaction, Accuracy. You had to Moving really Fast and Turning Quickly, and you could get Hurt if you don't Train it.

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.

There's way more to basketball than people think. It requires so much physical strength, agility, focus, hard work and so much more. It's not just shooting a ball at a basket. To be a basketball player you need so much IQ about the game and so much talent. It takes athletesism and mental focus. It's more than just scoring, it's more than just running up and down the court, and it's more than being able to shoot. Basketball is underrated.

20 Tennis Tennis is a racket sport that can be played individually against a single opponent or between two teams of two players each.

27!? 27!?!?!?!?!? ARE YOU KIDDING ME! Tennis is probably the most underestimated sports in the world! The people who don't play tennis think it's just hitting a ball back and fourth for several hours at a time. For tennis you need speed, focusness, consistency, lower body strength, upper body strength, balance, and much much more. Have you ever tried serving a tennis ball? Yeah, it's not just throwing it up into the air and hitting it, it is much more than that. Let me explain, first, you must have the correct ball toss, second, you must have your feet and your body faced in the correct direction, third, when you throw it your other arm has to make this position called the "trophy pose" which is very hard to master, fourth, you must pronate which is also really hard, and to hit it correctly you must have a backhand grip! You need to have focus on your serve most importantly. (I didn't even explain everything for the serve by the way).

Oh and, forget about relying on others. ...more

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.

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 ...more

I highly disagree with anything on this list. Everyone will definitely vote for what they have been playing, or what their favorite sports are because of their own experiences. I mean, define what "hard", then maybe we can have separate voting categories based on strength, durability, dexterity, endurance, flexibility, etc. I honestly don't think tennis is the hardest sport in the world, but I do think it's top ten. I'm just disappointed that tennis is behind sports that can be literally learned and played at a national level in a short 3-4 years. Heck, it took me 3-4 years to finally be able to play a semi-consistent forehand. In conclusion, This entire list is completely subjective and has no sort of validity whatsoever.

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

Football IS the one of the toughest sport. Grown men colliding is always going to be tough to do. BUT, it is not very "hard". You don't get much break but you get some. And any break is better than none. It's not a very physically demanding sport. The hardest part about football? The practices. Sports like soccer rowing or water polo are MUCH harder sports. Put a soccer player in pads and make him running back? He'll damn near die. But a football player in a rowing boat? And he'll place last. Football belongs higher on the list but not in the top 10. I have played many sports and Football had the worst practices by far, but the games were nothing.

You need Speed, Strength, Reactions, Accuracy, Mental, and Teamwork. You don't just Run around Field and Touchdown, or Throwing Football. There so many Positions, oh and Football Requires High Pain Tolerance, Requires a lot Strategy.

This is the worst list I have ever seen. Football at 20? Really? Competitive Dancing is ten spots higher, let alone swimming being number two. I played football in parks and rec when I was a lot younger, and it was hardcore. One time some kid got hit so hard he broke some ribs and they had an ambulance come out onto the field to bring him to the hospital. This is Parks and Rec for middle school, not even a Middle School team. Bring it up quite a few notches to the pros, and people are tearing ACLs left and right, breaking ankles, and getting concussed every week. Football is without a doubt top 2 or 3.

This one of the hardest, most physical, most gruesome sport out there right behind Rugby and AFL. Really AFL is both Football and Rugby mixed. Back to the point. Football is physical, hard on the mind, hard on the body. People say,"Oh Football is just another sport that's trying to be a worldwide sport." Well guess what it's already worldwide. This sport should be 3rd-5th. I am on of those people that actually play, and know what it's like to get your hind end ran off by your coach. I'd like to see the people that put this as an easy sport do 10 gasers. That's daily for me. First time I did a gaser I felt like I was alive. Football also teaches discipline. If you have good self-discipline you will last a long time in Football. If you don't you won't last a scrimage. If you want to see football look up Sean Taylor highlights on YouTube. People have died playing this game. I don't think people see that. People should also notice that people can get hurt just by tackling wrong. If every ...more

22 Pole Vaulting

I believe pole vaulting should be higher on this list! Right next to wresting and gymnastics. One of the things these sports have in common is that their whole body has to be in shape to gain any success. Pole vaulting has a physical and mental strain. You are constantly hurt, so there isn't any excuse why you are giving it your all, because everyone is in pain. If you are getting bruises on your legs and arm... you're doing it right. The hardest part about pole vaulting is, no matter how hard you try you seem to never perfect the sport. People literally train for years to perfect this one "trick" and almost everyone fails.

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.

I think pole vaulting should be number one on the list because there is so many things you have to do at once. Like you have to think about planting the pole, your knee pop, making sure you don't move your hands, keeping your arm straight, jumping off the correct foot, starting off the correct foot, stwisting around at the right time, and a bunch of other things all at once. So it should be the number one hardest sport!

23 Baseball Baseball is a bat-and-ball game played between two teams of nine players each who take turns batting and fielding.

This Requires a lot Strength and Mental, Speed. There a lot Positions. It takes a lot Practice and many Years. Baseball is a lot Harder than you think. You are in many Different Situations. Sadly, this don't get enough Credits and a lot People Underestimate it. Even Best Athletes can't do this. They would keep Missed Hit Baseball.

I literally decided to vote here simply because people don't understand what makes a sport or a skill difficult. We are talking about playing the game in this list I assume, not how difficult conditioning is. I don't care if a cross country runner conditions all year for their races because absolutely anyone could do it with the correct training. Not everyone can hit a baseball, in fact most kids quit before little league because they are petrified of the ball. Imagine hitting a round ball with a round bat that is breaking and moving at 85+ mph from 60 some feet away. It's almost impossible and that's why even the best players to ever play the game were only successful 3/10 at bats. It is a skill that does not come to people simply from proper conditioning and repetition, it is a skill that some people can do and most people will never be able to do.

How the heck is "competitive baton twirling" ranked higher than baseball? People say "oh there's no running involved and you don't need endurance" yeah well try getting out of a rundown and see how long you last. Also, to hit a baseball at the major league level is described as "a superhuman feat." You have less than half a second to read the movement of the 90+ mph pitch, decide whether to swing or not, start your swing, and connect with the ball within the right time. If you are just 7 milliseconds too soon or late, the ball will sail foul. That is how precise this game is, and I don't understand how it is ranked 43rd.

I can't believe baseball is number 44. Baseball should at least be top five. It isn't that easy to hit a small ball going 95 mph from 60 feet, while your deciding if the pitch is a ball or a strike, and to be in the league you have to hit the ball 400 feet or more. And what about a curve ball dropping 14 inches in a blink of an eye. What about when you take a lead and the pitcher throws to pick you off, you have to notice that in under a second, and if you are a pitcher you can't be too tempted or you'll balk. And what happens when your at third base and a ball is hit 100 mph right at you face, are you going to have to go through multiple surgeries, or are you going to make the split second reaction and catch the ball? I could go on and on, pitching, batting, ground balls, line drives, pop ups, pickles, not letting the pitcher get in your head, getting into the batter's head there is an infinite amount of information that makes baseball one of the hardest sports

24 Competitive Dancing

Lets just say that it's a good thing if a dance looks easy to a non-dancer! That dance should look easy, like an illusion, and then they stop and think, how did they do that, and while they are wishing they could do a leg lift, and whatever else we did up on that stage, we are in the dressing room changing because we have 2 dances before we got back out on that stage and do it all over again!
And for all of those who wondered how we did it, lets just say we practice and practice and practice! Most of us are at the dance center more than we are at our own house, some are there as long as 24 hours a week!
We get hurt! We sweat... A LOT! We trip and we fall, and we also get back up! Something that looks so easy could be killing us on the inside! We have our leg up above our head, and we are working every muscle we possibly could be, all so we don't let down our team!
Try competition dancing, and try not to get hurt, haha good luck with the impossible!

How is dancing not in the top ten? It requires time and dedication. If you stop dancing for even a week its hard to get back into it. To be a dancer you need to have flexibility, balance, strength, and so much more. Just think of it like this: when you play any sport, they give you breaks. When you dance, there are no breaks. When you are in class, you are constantly moving. Taking a pointe class is even worse. You are dancing on your toes and that is really hard. When you are on pointe, you need to be very careful because you can easily twist your ankle. In sports its very physical and its easy to get hurt too, but of you are dancing on stage, there might be a lot of people on stage with you and if you aren't looking, you could easily injure yourself and other people too. I've been dancing for over 10 years and I'm only 14. Dance not only is good for your body but it is also a way to let all of your feelings out. Dancing makes me so happy, and it just makes me feel good. This is just ...more

People have to start training at as young as 1 just to be a professional. I have done sports such as cross country and track and I can promise you dance is a lot more physically mentally and emotionally demanding. There's is only one correct way to do technique. While on pointe you are putting all your body weight on a few of your toes while jumping, turning, leaping. Yet you still have to land gracefully with out making a sound Your job is to make it look effortless when in reality is extremely painful. You gave connect your emotions to the dance and each and every movement.

People pass out at the end of routines often. Your stamina and endurance have to be at their highest level. You can't stop in the middle of a routine. I can not count the number of injuries, blood, bruises I have gotten I. The last 10 years (I'm 15). Sweat and tears go into it too. Dancers dedicate their whole life to this art that's also a sport.

Dance incorporates many different sports into one beautiful art. We do gymnastics like no other, but we don't have short stocky muscles. We have long muscles to still look elegant. Did you know pro football players actually have to take ballet classes sometimes to help them balance. We can carry all of our weight on a 3 inch platform( pointe shoes). Some people think we don't get hurt. Well, on your first day of pointe your feet often bleed. We do the stunts that cheerleaders do except their is only one person carrying the other. Do me a favor a jump in place nonstop for 3 minutes. Yep we do that too. If you tell me dance isn't a sport the you come show me your six pack. Most dancers have six packs.

25 Rhythmic Gymnastics

This is a sport that requires more than just endurance, as are many of the higher ranked sports.
It should be ranked higher because this sport requires strength, balance, poise, agility, flexibility, coordination, and skill. You have to be a ballerina, a contortianist, an acrobat and master 5 different pieces of equipment.
Maybe because it is a girl's sport... Who knows!

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?

How the hell is this not on top of the list do you know how much flexibility it requires to be able to do this and do you know what it takes to get that flexibility?

Rhythmic gymnastics is a tough sport, that stretches gymnasts to their very peak I think this sport should be way higher!

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