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.

Gym is the hardest sport ever, I train so hard and our coaches push us to the absolute limit.
Although it's the hardest sport in the world, its also the best sport in the world :)

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.

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.

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

To all those people out there who say, "swimming is easy" or " I could beat you in a race" YOU ARE SO WRONG we train more times in a week than there are days in a week, often doing two practices a day plus dryland. Every practice pushes you to the limit and you leave sore and exhausted. Not to mention the early mornings, and late nights, that leave us groggy and tired. AND for every kick and stroke we use every muscle in our body. Swimmers have to have an incredible amount of strength and endurance. And swimming is not just physical! Every practice requires us to be focused mentally, while also pushing our bodies to the limits. And competitions are often three to four days, staying in a hotel with two sessions a day (prelims finals) for ten minutes total of all out swimming. And the competitions sometimes happen during the week, putting schoolwork on top of all that! Swimming is without a doubt one of the hardest sports, and nobody can tell me otherwise!

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

3 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.

4 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

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

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

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 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

7 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?

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

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.

8 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.

9 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

10 Ice Hockey Ice hockey is a contact team sport played on ice, usually in a rink, in which two teams of skaters use their sticks to shoot a vulcanized rubber puck into their opponent's net to score points.

You need have Good Balance, and Reaction Time, Mental, and Strength. You don't just Skate on it and Hit Puck. Also it need Teamwork. There has Positions for this Game.

Ya I'll be real here. I don't play this sport but I'm not going to be immature and bash on hockey. Kudos to those who play ice hockey. It IS a hard sport and this is coming from someone who doesn't even play the sport. I'm a synchronized swimmer actually and I am certainly no creampuff! I train 7 times a week each day being 3-5 hour long practices in the pool. But my point is, is that I respect hockey. And hockey players. Cause some people might think that hockey is overrated and that the guys who play it are dumb jocks, but I think it's a very physically demanding sport. Lots of injuries happen.

Hockey is definitely one of the hardest sports besides gymnastics and figure skating you have to go 30 mph on basically a knife while 5 other players are coming at you. My friend got blood all over the ice because someone stepped on her hand and my brothers friends elbow popped out and you could see his bone because of hockey you have to have balance, speed, and concentration you also have to do sprints with practices almost everyday. I have 1 day off a week from hockey at my brothers practices at least one person throws up a day not anyone can play hockey you can't be scared. Hockey is super fun too I've had my friends try it and they had to hold on to the boards for the whole time. Hockey is super fun you make a lot of memories with your team

Gotta be able to not just balance on skates but do it while some guy is trying to shove you off the puck, gotta think and act quickly to keep up with the speed of the game. Hockey requires a lot of intelligence to know when to make the right play and determine what is the right play in a split second and takes a lot of physical athleticism to be able to react, play physical and move the puck well. Learning proper positioning takes time and it can take years to truly become a good skater. (Use your edges to stop/turn on a dime and to get enough speed to win races to the puck)

The Contenders
11 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.

12 Competiton Cheerleading

Competitive cheerleading is super difficult because there are a lot of different element to cheerleading. Tumbling- tumbling you have to flip your body through the air which could get you really bad injury's really quickly. Stunting- stunting is one of the most dangerous parts of cheer, you have to make holding someone above your head look effortless and if your stunt falls you could get hurt really badly. Jumps- in my opinion jumps take a lot of energy you have to jump in the air and hit a position while your in the air, plus you have to be flexible to get your legs up and make them look pretty. Baskets- is where you throw someone in the air and see how many times they can flip, well in some cases sometimes you just throw them in the air but nevertheless it's extremely difficult. Conditioning- some people at my school say "oh football conditioning is so much harder than cheers" that's when I had to prove him wrong in cheer you have to do everything from running to crunches to planks. ...more

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.

13 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.

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

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 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

14 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.

15 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

16 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.

17 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.

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

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.

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.

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.

Perhaps it is harder to throw a person than an object yeah of course, but football requires mental and physical strength. It requires not only physicl prescence but also you have to get hit every play, and get right back up and do it again. For a football play to work 11 pklayers must all be in sync and as a game goes on and you are worn down you must keep going and doing the same thing. It takes a certain type of person to have the courage to collide with another human being at full speed every 30 seconds. You have to have mind and body in sync, reacting quickly is essential nomater how physically gifted someone is. One player makes a mistake it effects the whole team.

19 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!

20 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!

21 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!

22 Boxing Boxing is a martial art and combat sport in which two people wearing protective gloves throw punches at each other for a predetermined set of time in a boxing ring..

It is easy when treated as a hobby. You just punch and jab the bag. But when it comes to competitive and training, that's where you actually get boxing, and not many people realize how hard boxing is. You have to work on your footwork (usually the hardest part), polish your moves such as hooks uppercuts and jabs, and you'll have to choose what technique fits you best. When it comes to challenging someone, you have to be focused and time your attacks/combinations and defenses or else you will suffer a loss. It's not recommended to self-learn if you're really into boxing or else you will just develop bad habits. It's ranked as the toughest sport and it's definitely not for the faint of heart, but I love it...

Sadly, this don't get enough Credits, and a lot People Underestimate it. Boxing Requires you to have really Good Speed and Mental, Strength, Endurance, Nerve, and High Pain Tolerance. This isn't only just you Punches, you need Dodge or Block, and many more Things than Punch.

I want to laugh at all the others placed before boxing. I did gymnastic, wrestled in high school, football in high school and college, played baseball in high school and also boxed during my college years. HANDS down boxing was the most demanding sport. Not only is it hard to do and demanding, people we must under stand that the objective in boxing is punch someone to knock them out cold. That takes a lot of gutts to participate in. Boxer don't tap out like MMA, nor do they wrestled or do ground work where some rest period can be done. Over 70 to 80 percent of their punches, is to the HEAD of your opponent. I've done other "Games" too, golf and bowling, and I call them "games" because although it is difficult to master, it is definitely not a manly "sport". Anytime you are dressed to go to church, you can't call that a sport.

Really? Soccer harder than boxing? Anything harder than boxing for that matter? No. Imagine being across a boxing ring with a an that wants to hurt you. BADLY. Not only does the nerve aspect of this sport take the cake, but you must also have speed, power, endurance, durability, agility, flexibility, immense skill, and pretty much every other aspect of physical strength, speed and endurance. For all you people putting soccer and all those other sports above the sweet science, you probably have never been in a ring yourself or out on the road at 5:00 A.M running your daily 3-6 miles.

23 Formula 1 Formula One is the highest class of single-seater auto racing sanctioned by the Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA) and owned by the Formula One Group. The FIA Formula One World Championship has been one of the premier forms of racing around the world since its inaugural season in 1950. ...read more.

Sorry, but Formula 1 is not a sport. I am in no way dismissing how incredibly difficult Formula 1 is (I would jump off a cliff before getting into and driving a Formula 1 car) but I would not consider it a sport. Sports concern feats of physical athleticism, agility and/or endurance. Formula 1 is a test of extreme skill, dexterity and nerve. They're different things. It disappoints me that something like Formula 1 makes number 34 on this list, pushing other (more worthy) sports like badminton and curling down into the 120ths and 130ths. By the way, I have nothing against Formula 1; it's very impressive and can be amazing to watch.

On a fitness level, some Formula 1 drivers (Rosberg for instance I'm pretty sure) takes part in triathlons. Fitness wise that says it all - you never would have thought someone who 'just sits down and drives' as many of you think that's all motor sport is, has the ability to compete in triathlons. But Formula 1 drivers can and do so quite well. Couple that to unrivalled concentration levels over the entire race duration and you'll see why becoming a Formula one driver is harder than most, perhaps all other sports.

Formula 1 is undoubtedly the toughest sport on the planet, people have died over the years and despite very high safety standards serious injuries continue. Drivers get paid millions of dollars for a reason and very few ever even make into F1 as only the very fastest and strongest race drives in the world are selected, so the level of competition is unlike any other sport.

The amount of stress your body goes through is much greater than any other sport. A F1 driver typically loses 10L of water every race, and is subjected to as much as 5 times his bodyweight each lap. Under these conditions the driver must make split second decisions at over 300kmhr and maintain his awareness. The concentration levels required every second under the stress they are subjected to is the most out of any sport.

24 Acrobatic Gymnastics

I am 10 and am an acrobatic gymnast. I train 6 hours a week and at home I spend 2 hours a day doing strength. I am in level 4 and I am in a trio we have to learn a routine, be able to hold the skills, throw our top really high and be a bee to tumble. I used to do artistic gymnastics and it was easier than this. This sport is the hardest sport of all! It should be number one.

Pretty much like cheerleading, except there are only 2-4 people and the tricks are much more impressive.

Really? I do gymnastics, tumbling, and acro are you serious this should be at least in the top15

I'm an artistic gymnast and this sport is amazing It should be in the top tens like common cheer basketball baseball TENNIS you've got to be kidding me acrobatic gymnastics is way harder than those it should be in the top tens

25 Power Tumbling

Power Tumbling should be right up there with Gymnastics. I am a level 8-9 power tumbler and it is SO hard just like gymnastics! We have to practice multiple hours in the gym each week and we condition like crazy. We have to do floor, double mini and trampoline and each has its challenges. Lets see you guys jump on a two level tramp and do a double front on and double full off. We have to get so much power on floor in a couple of steps so we can throw double whips and what not. Not to mention the pain we go through and how much we work for things. Definitely should be up there with Gymnastics.

I am a gymnast and I agree that power tumbling should be up closer to number 2 or 3 because there are a lot of people at my gym that do power tumbling and they can get hurt a lot. I have seen people break their arms and legs before in gymnastics AND power tumbling! I is very harsh to watch but I mean I am used to it now so I don't have too worry that much. A lot of people can get hurt but some wont like break any thing but most injuries are from tumbling (especially power tumbling) and gymnastics. I agree that gymnastics is the hardest sport but I am not going to give up because of that! You have to keep trying and maybe you will be an number 1 all a-rounder one day like me! :) Good luck you folks out there and maybe I will see you in the Olympics one day and you will see me too! :P

I think power tumbling should be #2 right with gymnastics. There is only a little difference between the two. Power tumbling is HARD. it requires lots of mental strength, physical strength, and lots of hours of practice and conditioning. I disagree with whoever put this so far down on the list.

Power tumbling should definitely be up their further.
I have never seen power tumbling on a list before, because nobody seem to reise how painful and chanllenging it can be!
It's a lot like gymnastics so why isn't it higher!?

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