Top Ten Hardest Sports

Hardest sports to do that take the most skill but not given credit to.

The Top Ten

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

I am in gymnastics and it is definitely the hardest sport. People think it is easy, but they are so wrong! I have been doing gymnastics since preschool and I have never had an easy practice. Your hands rip from the bars and conditioning is probably harder than football players do. I wish people would understand how hard it is!

Now add a horse to this and you get vaulting. I don't do it, but I can imagine how difficult that is. You have to have crazy amounts of strength and fitness, balancing yourself and others all while doing it on a moving animal.

Definitely the hardest. The conditioning is really hard. So are the practices. You practice in any weather in any condition. It can be 100 degrees in the gym, and gymnasts still practice. The pain; many of us have to endure it. It's really hard but we know how to hold it in.

Gymnastics is definitely the hardest sport. One wrong move can mean life or death. We are constantly on our feet. Yes a lot of people say that cheerleading is basically gymnastics but it's not the tumbling part sure but I am the head of my varsity cheerleading squad and it is way easier than Gymnastics I am a gymnast and a cheerleader so I would know this from my personal experience. Cheerleaders they only need to remember one routine one dance one cheer. Gymnasts have to remember four routines. We have coaches yelling at us if we put an extra step in a routine. If we fall down and get hurt we are expected to get back up and do it again even if were not hurt we have to get back up and do it again and tough it out. In competition we get docked points for not pointing a toe. Before and after everyone of our routines we have to salute to the judges and that's part of our points. On beam if we wobble on one little thing we get points taken off same thing and all of our other events if we ...more

I'm the least flexible person that I know, and this is one of the few sports that I know that I suck at. - SirSheep

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

I've been swimming at a high level for most of my life now and I can honestly say this sport is CRAZYYYY demanding. I don't think its as bad as gymnastics because we don't have the threat of dying everyday, but we do work just as hard as them. What people don't understand is that as a swimmer every muscle in your body is used for every single stroke and kick. Not any other sport in the world does that. We not only swim for hours a day we train on land for hours. So basically its like ok your done one practice, but now your expected to jump in the pool and swim as hard and as fast as you possibly can every single day. And for all the people that say they taught themsevles how to swim and its not diffuicult at all anyone can do it, YOU ARE DEAD WRONG. This is not your back yard pool swimming, we are really swimming. After every practice you can barely walk you are so sore, and getting changed is so hard because you can't even lift your arms over your head. When you have meets, every ...more

Actually swimmers have the threat of dying every day. We could drown or have a heart attack or stroke and we are at highest risk for ebola

To all those people saying "i have tried swimming it's easy" or "anyone can swim". That'd be like saying "gymnastics is easy because I can do a cartwheel" where as those who actually train for gymnastics would probably tell you a cartwheel doesn't mean you can do gymnastics, and it's a similar thing to what you call swimming and what a swimmer calls swimming are different things... Swimming is one of the hardest sport train for... (the reason I say one of the hardest is because once you reach a certain point on the list, the difficulty of training for the sport is going to vary dependent on how hard each individual athlete is willing to push themselves).

swimmers don't go don't to the pool and do what you call swimming and swim at a leisurely pace we train to complete exhaustion every morning and afternoon for over 30 hours per week as well as gym training and crossfit training. You spend your training sessions sprinting and pushing past your ...more

I used to do competitive swimming and I even did gymnastics for 7 years. Neither were hard, the only sport that actually made me frustrated was football, it's the hardest sport I have ever played - _SoccerGirl

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

Swimming is a verryryy hard sport.

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3 Figure Skating Figure Skating

As someone who has done competitive swimming, field hockey, ice hockey, dance, gymnastics and figure-skating, I have to agree that gymnastics and figure-skating are defiantly the hardest in-terms of overall skill, determination and commitment. Although I found that swimming helped me a lot with my cardiovascular fitness and ice hockey was really good in terms of a short, intense full body workout I actually found figure skating the most mentally, physically an emotionally challenging as well as gymnastics however I did not reach as high of a level in gymnastics as I did in figure-skating. I started figure-skating when I was 6 and skated until last year where I had to drop out because of injury. I took dance and gymnastics at the same time which helped me a lot with my flexibility and strength which allowed me to progress quickly. By 11 years old, I was the Eastern Ontario Champion and Competed provincially in both 'solo figure skating' and ice dance. I started off with 3 lessons per ...more

I think figure skating is at least the second hardest sports because it takes will, determination, and gut. I am a figure skater my self. Every day you go to practice and train and work your butt off just to be the best. To get a jump right you have to jump it exact just to land it and get full points for competition. You have to jump and land on a blade that is thinner than your finger. And every day you practice and practice and it seems like you are going no where and not improving in any of the jumps that you are learning but when you land that jump it feels like all your hard work, pain, and tears is worth it and you realize that you are one step closer to your dream that you had since you got foot on the ice for the first time. When I first started skating I had a coach that told me that whatever I did was correct. When I was ten I got an new coach and I had to learn everything from the beginning. All that years of training for nothing. When I was twelve my coach left out of the ...more

I have been a figure skater for my entire life. This sport requires a lot more time than many other sports (though I do respect that pretty much every sport requires time). Most figure skaters are young and attend school. However, many also choose to home school to get enough time in on this sport. The earliest I have ever had to wake up in the morning for figure skating was 3:30 am. Granted, I live further from the rink than most of the others, but the idea is that you have enough time to warm up before stepping on the ice at 5 am (at least, that's when my rink opens). Figure skating requires an extreme amount of stamina. At the Olympic level, a routine lasts around 4 minutes and 30 seconds. In order to be able to pull this off, one must have incredible strength and stamina. From my own experience, lactic acid burn starts usually about 20 to 30 seconds in, and it burns. Part of training is building up a tolerance to this pain. All summer long, we have interval stroking where we ...more

I think figure skating js a very hard sport and

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

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

The reply that say have you ever seen a true equestrian flew is suppose to say flex

I have ridden for ten years. Believe, me it is the most difficult sport. Anyone who says different is wrong! Most people say Equestrian isn't a sport because the only time they've ever ridden is on the beach while on vacation. That is NOT riding.

I'm a show jumper. This is what I have to do: I get on a 1500 pound animal, who has been trained all winter and is at his peak, hurtle myself over 4 ft obstacles that are often 3 ft wide, whip around corners as fast as possible while not knocking anything down.

Yes, the horse plays a big part in the sport (obviously) but when I am racing around the competition ring, who do you think is keeping that animal balanced? Who do you think is telling the horse exactly where to put each of his feet, every single step of the way? And, in the judged classes, you have to make it look pretty and smooth.

A lot of people say Equestrian isn't a sport because you don't have to be fit to do it; that's also not true. I admit that I'm not a ...more

Let me ask you this, did you actually ride? And by ride I mean do a dressage pattern, jump a stadium course, gallop a barrel pattern, or rope calves. Because sitting on a horse while it walks and being led around, or trail riding at a national park where the horses are half dead and all you do is walk up a gentle incline, That is NOT riding. I know wrestling is hard and dangerous, but all those things you said that it takes to do wrestling, aw, what was it again? Skill, determination, physical endurance, strength, and the will to devote your body to gruesome, exhausting workouts? That sentence perfectly describes riding. I'm not saying that you're wrong, oh wait, yes I am! You. Are. Wrong. Thank you and goodbye. - SassyEquine

It is the thing that keeps up breathing, living, and being. It is more that a sport. If is a life. One little thing, one millimeter more rein on one side and you could die. A butterfly could change weather you ride off or are ambulanced off. Your are going 45 mph towards some thing that wont move if you hit it. Your team mate is something that is 10 times bigger that you and can kill you as easily as you breath. There is no safe. There is no perfect. And there is no redo. There is no bench. We ARE the secret athletes that put our lives in the hoofs of a flight animal and others say its easy. There is no easy. There is no turning back. You have to commit or you are falling off. I am a cheerleader. I get thrown 20 feet in the air. Every time there is a possibility that my team will not catch me. If they don't I land on 3 inch mats. But in ridding when I fall from that height and there is no one there. There is no one to catch me. I am falling either on the solid wood poles or the dirt. ...more

Partnership with a horse is mentally and physically emotionally powerful.

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5 Water Polo

I understand why some people might think that gymnastics is harder than waterpolo. I will share with you my one experience as a fellow water polo player.

I jump into the freezing ice cold water and stare at my huge opponent, #9. She grumbles and glares at me, with a snort she shouts out, "I've got 16! " The ref throws the ball to me and blows the whistle. I sway around in the water for about a second, trying to watch my teammates to see if they're open. One girl is being blocked, another is being pushed down into the water and the ref is ignoring them, #3 screams for the ball. I see #9 pushing through the water towards me, for a huge girl she moved through the water quickly. I throw the ball to #3, #9 punches my elbow, causing the pass to go to the left. #3 and her defensive player sprint for the ball. I see her head go under and the defensive player swim ahead. I swim towards the goal hoping to get open In case she gets the ball. I watch on the sidelines as the ...more

I don't see how this is third. I think everyone misinterpreted hardest sport with most barbaric sport. I'm sure it takes skill to play this but does it really take that much.

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.

Haha no sorry but just no. Water polo is not harder than gymnastics, gymnastics was proven by ESPN the hardest sport. IH yeah and we can't turn on the air conditioner as you mentioned because most gyms don't have them and even so our conditioning is by far harder than yours. We have 2 hours of conditioning everyday 6 days a week so 12 hours of conditioning a week! And it isn't just sprinting or running its hardcore. 150 push ups, 200 pull ups, climbing the rope 25 to 50 times, 250 squat jumps onto the vault, also running 50+ laps around a huge gym, 150 mini kips, pike and straddle hangs off the bar for 5 minutes each and so much more that I'm not bothered to write down because there is to much. Oh yeah and if one of us drops or messes up the whole team restarts from 0 no matter how far we have gotten or if our hands are bleeding or our bodies in pain. In fact at the end if conditioning at least 3 girls are crying because of the intense pain and at least 2 girls have puked and the ...more

You can't just SAY that gymnastics is the hardest sport without saying anything about others. It's true, it is a hard sport, but every sport is hard, and since you have no experience with other sports that you mentioned, you aren't a liable source to ask. You may THINK that gymnastics is the hardest, but I guess you could say that that opinion lies in the hands of the beholder. - Cnguyen

NO way jose. What is wrong with y'all. Water POlo is BY NOO MEANS a hard sport. I have played it before. I could play it in my sleep with 10 of the world's best players chasing me and the ball.

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

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

One of the hardest sports ever it take so much energy, power, strength it is one on one which makes it harder also you have to be so mentally and physically fit and it takes more skill then any sports

I've done wrestling one year just started it and it is mentally and physically tough! You train as hard as you can for a week for a four and a half minute match. No teammates just you and an other player going head on head as hard as you can. And yet wrestling gets no respect.

It take the most mental, and physical strength

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7 Ice Hockey 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.

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.

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)

I play hockey and I'm a girl. Hockey is really hard. You need to have the strength and power of a football player, the stamina of a marathon runner and the concentration of a brain surgeon. Sometimes it seems like the other team is chasing you with clubs trying to kill you while you skate down the ice dodging people. Other than gymnastics, hockey is by far the hardest and I think it should be higher up in the list.

I got my leg cut open

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8 Motorcross

I have raced motocross since I was 3 and I'm almost 16 now. 13 years, 13 broken bones, 2 surgeries and 8 concussions later I'm not scared, embarrassed to say motocross is by far the most physical demanding and tough sport in the world. People think you just sit and turn the throttle. It take balance, strength and skill to be fast on a dirtbike!

Dangerous and physically demanding are completely different things. I think you've confused the two.

When people say its just sitting down and holding the throttle its funny because you don't sit down unless your going around a turn, also, its burns 700 to 800 calories and I have never lost my breathe so quick in my life.

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!

The sport takes everything you have to dedicate your whole life to be professional and most people do that to only lose

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

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 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

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

You appear to have no idea of the amount of skill it takes to do gymnastics.

Anyone who thinks that soccer players are always faking injuries go online and take a look a what happened to Aaron Ramsey’s leg when it came up against a cleat WITH SHIN GUARDS ON!

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10 Freestyle Wrestling

The only sport where the practice is the same as competition and the same level of intensity. Wrestling requires the athlete to use every muscle in their body at the same time. A wrestling match is continuous and folkstyle matches can last up to 9.5 minutes long, 9.5 minutes of pushing your muscles to failure with no breaks or rest. In a match, you are allowed only 1.5 minutes if you receive an injury, and if you take any more time the match is forfeited. Given the weight classes, practices are very high intensity and usually are held in the basements of schools with the heat cranked up to around 100 degrees. In addition to the practices, the most successful wrestlers do things such as run the streets at night - usually in many layers (a standard in practices as well) and sometimes plastic suits to lock the heat in - no matter the weather, as well as working out in a gym or at home or attending multiple practices. My senior season I walked into my first practice at 197 lbs and ...more

Dude come on seriously wrestling under cheerleading, horseback riding, gymnastics and water polo? Wrestling is no joke people work their living tails off on the mat. Wrestling requires muscle, stamina, quickness, toughness, mental toughness and believe it or not flexibility and lots of bravery. You will get slammed on the mat possibly break something if you're not tough enough simply because your opponent is more muscular than you. Its take tons of bravery to step onto a mat with another person who could possibly overpower you and not to mention you must remain aggressive thanks to the new rules, the coaches and refs. You have to sacrifice lots of eating time to make weight classes and the conditioning is extreme more muscle than other sport unlike football when players sit majority of the time. wrestlers always will either condition or break each others necks at practice and the only way to get really good is to work on technique and strength outside of practice. I've done wrestling ...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

It's my life

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The Contenders

11 Bull Riding Bull Riding

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.

Dude your on a bull!
The fear from just that makes it hard!
Besides the fact that the bull is jumping and twisting and you can't really hold on that well...

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.


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12 Competiton Cheerleading

Competitive Cheer is by far the hardest sport there is. With all the flexibility of a gymnast and all the strength of a foot ball player, cheerleaders do a lot. While I can see why some people would say other sports are hard I personally think that cheerleading is the hardest.

Flyers literally are flung up into the air doing all sorts of different twists and tricks. They have to find their footing and balance in the hands of their base. Switching from pose to pose is not easy. Ever tried doing a tic-tok? A tic-tok is when you switch legs when switch stunts. It's harder than it looks. You have to shift you entire body from one position to the next all within the span of a few seconds and make it look easy. One wrong step or laps in concentration and the stunt goes crashing down, literally. And falling to the ground is not my idea of a fun time. Without doing those stunts being up in the air isn't amazingly easy either. Besides balance, concentration, and strength, you have to ...more

Cheerleading actually doesn't require all of the flexibility of a gymnast and you have 3 people throwing one tiny person up. I am not saying cheerleading isn't hard but it definitely isn't the hardest. In gymnastics people don't throw you, you have to jump high enough to do a flip. Lets not forget about beam, bars and vault. One wrong step on beam will cause you to fall and probably hit the beam on the way down. If you think doing a back tuck is hard try doing it on a piece of 4 inch wood. On bars you are getting whipped all around the bar and you have to stand up on the bar and jump to the higher bar and even sometimes do a flip to it. The strength of a football player is also not true. Cheerleaders are tiny and you have 3 people throwing a little girl up in the air.

I like how everyone else is saying that cheerleading is stupid and cheerleaders are stuck up brats who do the sport for popularity, and none of the cheerleaders have said anything mean to anyone about their sports... And we are the mean ones? Also I dare anyone who does not think this is the hardest sport to watch a competitive cheer team's practice like California allstars they condition for at least three hours and run at least six miles... As a warm up then for the next two hours they stunt until they are about to faint then we tumble. You know? The thing we make look easy when really we have to hold the perfect body position to literally DEFY GRAVITY while our muscles are the tightest they will ever be. Then we do our entire routine around 15 times which includes the hardest tumbling stunting and dancing we are able to do. If someone says one more thing about how cheer is not a sport I might go insane... You truly have to do the sport and take it as seriously as we do to know ...more

Okay, I am seeing A LOT of gymnasts on this page that are just completely BASHING this sport like it's the spawn of Hitler. We get it, your sport is hard. We don't need you to fly above our heads in a biplane, waving a banner that says gymnastics is hard. WE KNOW. Just stop. As an equestrian, I was ashamed to see all of the people that share the sport with me being blatantly disrespectful towards people who didn't even say anything wrong. But I thought the equestrians were bad, after seeing what all of these gymnasts are saying, I have lost all respect for you and your sport. I used to think that gymnasts were fantastic athletes who had great sportsmanship and respected other sports as much as their own, and I admired you guys for that. But I am honestly disgusted to see the things that you guys have posted about cheer leading on this site. You should be ashamed. And I'm not saying that you shouldn't stand up for yourselves, if someone is bashing your sport than go ahead and correct ...more - SassyEquine

With all the flexibility and crap you MUST have, this should be top 3. - 0l_MikeWasowsike_l0

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13 Cross Country

I cannot believe this is not even on the list. Honestly, there's a reason why XC people practically inhale food nonstop, yet remain the thinnest people in school. The sport is so physically taxing that it's impossible to gain any kind of weight. XC is hard because you have to do it nonstop as hard as you can. Sure gymnastics is hard and all, but they're events only last a few minutes before they get another break. XC is 100% slow twitch muscle fibers, (which your body has much less of, so it's harder to build) and it's literally 100% cardio. If you don't have a strong heart, you're gonna die. You know what I want, for EVERYONE in the aforementioned sports to race 1 meet with us... (and no, don't even think about stopping, you gotta run the whole 3.1 miles no matter kind of pain you'll experience). Since half the wusses in the above sports do track, why not try the 2 mile then? If distance running is apparently so easy? You know who do the 2 mile events? Cross country kids. Everyone ...more

I've ran 3 years of cross country and I can say that it is extremely hard. I've also ran 5 years of sprints. I've also pole vaulted for the past 4 years and am continuing in college. I will admit distance is much harder than sprints, but in no way is cross country and distance running harder than pole vault. We are literally crazy. We're also some of the fastest, strongest and most head strong athletes out there. We use almost every muscle in our body to do things you can't even imagine. And don't say that we don't have endurance cause I've been apart of plenty of meets where I'll be vaulting for hours and at points will be doing back to back jumps. That gets really tiring really fast. In my opinion pole vault is one of the worlds hardest sports. and yeah I'm biased but thousands of others will say the exact same thing.

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

Rowing is much harder than cross country. This coming from a 4 year cross country runner - maverick88

I think it is insane that cross country isn't at least in the top 3. I understand that other sports are difficult in different ways, but for all you people that say xc isn't a real sport because "everyone can do it", try it for one week. I dare you. Try to push though our 12 mile long runs, our mile repeats, and our hill circuits, giving 100%. Try running until you have an asthma attack, pass out, throw up, or all three, just at practice. And after you experience this, don't be expecting any break. That's just how our sport goes. You'll go home and sleep, and then wake up at 5:30 the next morning to lift weights, work on core strength, and run some more. Even on our "easy days" we run 5-7 miles, oh and trust me, there's no walking either. This whole sport is based on your body breaking down so it can build back stronger.

I've explained all of the physical pain, but the mental aspect is just as challenging. You want to quit. You want to collapse so you don't ...more

YES! do u know how hard it is. Imagine having to run nostop for miles on end, Trust me, not that pleasant

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14 Volleyball 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.

People always tell me that volleyball isn't hard. And it's annoying like why don't you go out and play throw yourself on the ground dig a ball that's hit straight to the ground and return a serve that's hard. Yes volleyball isn't the hardest sport I get that but for it to be 24 makes me so mad. All people think that volleyball u just stand there and pass a ball and someone sets it and u just hit it over the net. No that's not all it is. You have to have muscle and you always have to be watching. U have to be watching the other team including your team and the ball. Your not just standing there. I was playing at a tournament the other day and I ran into the score table to save a ball we don't let a ball drop and yea it hurt but I saved it and we got the point. And I just had to keep playing. Another time is I dove on the ground to save a ball and I banged my head on my arm so hard and I got up and kept playing. I've almost fractured both of my ankles I've jammed my fingers who knows ...more

In volleyball you have to know where to go every single serve and you can't just go wherever, you have to know where you are supposed to be for your position, because most everything is planned out. You not only have to know what you do, but also what your team does in case someone gets lost or someone is missing. When someone spikes the ball on the opposite team, that ball is most likely not directly at you and you will not be able to get to the ball in time if you just stand there, you have to pre estimate where the ball is going to go then when you see where it is going over the net you move, and get ready to brace the ball, so it will bounce of you platform(lower arms) and go up to your setter, other wise it will repeat because if it goes over the net it will just come right back, or the other team will get a point because of you shanking the ball, and then they get to serve. If your a setter you have to make pretty much all if you sets perfect so no pressure. If you are a hitter ...more

Volleyball should definitely be ranked higher. Not only does it involve physical strength and endurance, it also involves lots of mental ability! You have to have to able to communicate, watch the ball, pay attention to the people on the other team and yours, know where to go, and much more all at the same time. Volleyball players throw themselves on the ground and will do anything to make sure that ball doesn't hit the ground. I can't believe it is #25!

Should be
Top 3. - 0l_MikeWasowsike_l0

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15 Cycling

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

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

Tour de France hardest physical test in the world, fact

Just came home after a ride.
This is hard.
But really a lot of fun.

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16 Long-distance Triathlon

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

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.

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

How is this not further up the table?

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17 Basketball 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.

Basketball isn't easy as it seems. Running. Lifting weights. Hand-eye coordination. Fast reflexes. Guts. Agility. Accuracy. Take one part from every sport, put it together and you get basketball! The training is hell and you get injured really easily, by turning too quickly or being ankle broke, you get injured. Getting rammed in the ribbed or elbowed, you're injured.

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.

Basketball is not an easy sport at all. Most people say 'oh you play that titty baby sport' and I reply with a easy sure if your just not man enough to get on the court. Basketball is fun can be easy unless you have a coach who cares about it and wants you to get batter at it every minute of the day.

If it was that easy, everybody would be in the NBA. It takes a lot of practice to get the perfect form to have a great shot. Luck comes in a little, most of it takes skill. - westofohio

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18 Rhythmic Gymnastics

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?

I'm an artistic gymnast and I've seen fithmic gymnastics they train just as hard as us and they are amazing they at least have to be in the top ten like common cheer in front of this cheer is stupid rhythmic gymnastics is amazing this defiantly should be in the top tens

This and ballet need to be WAY higher

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19 Hockey

There is no sport as difficult or as demanding as Hockey. ([ ]=reasons)

[1] One of (if not) the hardest sport surfaces played on. [2] Travel at high speeds (15-30 mph) with [3] blades/knives on your feet (if you think they are safe go on YouTube and see what happened to the goalie's neck that lost to a blade). If blades are not dangerous enough for you, [4] then look out for the other team who is moving just as fast as you are and can [5] hit you as they please. Faster than you is [6] that solid rubber puck (arguably harder than a baseball) [7] that can move faster than 100 mph (Kulyash 110 mph slap shot). Don't think that'll hurt, go online and see what happened to Matt Hendrick's cup when it went up against a puck. [8] Durability is a key component, there is a reason why the average NHL career is only 5.5 years. While it is not 162 games long like a MLB season, [9] the 82 games you do play in a NHL season will wipe you out. You should also have a good dental plan, because ...more

"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 ...more

I dare you to go look up on YouTube just one round of Olympic level show jumping then go look up one game of Olympic level hockey and we'll get together and discuss the comparison.

Freestyle wrestling, bull riding and cross country are the only ones that should be up there in this bracket and normally there not in the top 20. I give a lot of credit to gymnastics I see it almost everyday because my sister does it but don't give me that BS that gymnastics is the hardest sport hockey should not be at # 12 first of your on ice that's hard enough me as a goalie having 90mph shots at me isn't hard I guess to some people. My equipment I have on gives me 30lbs I guess that simple to people also. Swimming is very hard but going across a pool isn't gonna cut to be the #2 spot give me a break. Hockey you're in a freezing climate 32 degrees and below. When I go to my respective Goalie trainer he doesn't take no crap I go out there with the flu pulled muscles cough headache if I'm not in the hospital in playing hockey. I have the best seat in the house and if you are 5'7 150lbs and you see 6'5 220lbs coming at you your done peoples break their necks arms legs fingers ankles ...more

You don't realize how hard swimming is, it's not just "going across a pool" is hockey just "skating across a rink", no it's not! Swimming is extremely demanding! I am in university and I swim 12 times a week (twice a day except for Sunday) for 2 and a half hours per practice, not including out of water training! We do painfully hard sets, some of which only allow you to breathe a certain number of times. You can breathe whenever you want in hockey. I have witnessed my teammates passing out, throwing up, injuring themselves, and crashing into each other head on! Hockey may be more dangerous, but it is definitely not as hard as swimming!

I vote hockey. People who play Hockey where it’s reguarly cold are lucky because they probably have ice a lot. But my coldesacc has to play on the ROAD. And it’s seriously hard to make a long shot when playing hockey on a road. Another hard one is dodgeball, because there’s usually al least two snipers on the other team. And you have to be a NINJA to avoid their fast balls. Now if you excuse, I have to make a “Worst Sports” list so I say how much I dislike Gymnastics.

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20 Pole Vaulting

To be a good pole vaulter you have to have the speed of a sprinter, the strength of a thrower, the flexibility of a gymnast, and the vertical jump of a jumper. There is a lot more technique in the pole vault than many people think. I am a pole vaulter in college and jump 17'6" and it took many years to achieve that. Pole vaulting should be number one on this list.

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.

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.

I think pole vaulting is the hardest sport. You use all of your muscle. It is also the most dangerous. Your runner full speed at a same pit and fling your self 10-20 feet in the air and falling straight back down hoping to land on the pit. There is at least one person a year that dies pole vaulting

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21 Formula 1 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. more.

In order to drive a Formula 1 car competitively, you need be concentrating 100% all the time - if you even get distracted for a fraction of a second you will crash and probably get injured or even die, but while you're doing that you also need to be thinking about everything around you and how it will affect your driving, and you need to be thinking about strategies and tactics that are changing all the time. All while traveling at an average speed of up to 270km/h. At speeds like that, the g-forces experienced on fast corners are equivalent to having your own body weight or greater pressing down on your neck and face. And you're being subjected to that at least once every minute, for 2 hours.
Not to mention, you need to have a really good brain for physics and engineering, to help design and set up the car for your driving style

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.

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.

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.

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22 Rowing

From a strictly physical standpoint, I definitely think rowing is the most challenging; no other activity hurts the same way.
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.
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.
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

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 one of the only sports where you can not start off as a natural as it is unnatural movements. It requires a tremendous deal of strength and technique if you are to move the boat properly. Improper timing may actually slow down the boat. There is a reason why all the heavyweight rowers are roughly 200 pounds. It is an intensive all body workout, which does not gain respite until the end of the sequence/workout. Several other sports such as football and hockey can easily swap out players when fatigue sets in and allow them to recover in addition to breaks like half-time and what not. When you start rowing you push through to the end without respite, and still throughout this time you must maintain constant diligence to keep up technique and keep up boat speed. Proper technique can take years to master, and several more years are needed for strength training. Furthermore after mass is built on the rower, you need to be toned as well. Additional fat will simply slow the boat, so ...more

The hardest all-round sport I have ever done. Gruelling in every aspect. A few other sports can better it as a skill-set ( I'm thinking gymnastics in particular ). Yet in terms of overall fitness, skill and mental toughness then Rowing and particularly small boats such a the Single Scull or the Straight Pair are tough, very tough.

It's a sport you have to learn and train for when you are young as an older body will not withstand the abuse. If you want to become a top level winner in Rowing you need to assign years of back-breaking work and soul-searching mental toughness to the task. It's not just the Racing it's the miles and miles and miles of hard-training. Think carefully before you really decide.

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23 Power Tumbling

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

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'm a gymnast and doing back tucks or handsprings is really hard I mean every time I come back from practice I'm always bruised but it is fun going in the por and showing your family how flexible you are

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.

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24 Boxing 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..

Ok. I have a friend named Emma. And she did Gymnastics for like 5-8 years! I have been doing Taekwondo for 4-6 years! And she's like "oh look at me! I can do the splits! "or"look I can do a back handspring! " And I'm just like " oh look I could just kill you right now! I'm serious! There is so many ways! (arm bar, choke, break as many bones as you can, shoulder throw, take down, and many more! ) so I asked her:" is gymnastics hard? ". And she's like:"are you kidding me! Gymnastics is like the hardest sport in the world! " And I'm just staring at her like she's crazy, and telling myself "don't throw her. Don't break her."(P.S. I'm a girl and so is my friend. ) anyway. I say that boxing, wrestling, and martial arts are hard because: in my school we had to to about 30-50 push ups every practice. And as I got higher in belt rank the push ups, sit-ups, and wall squats became longer and harder. Kinda for the range of push-ups and sit ...more

Instead of being sassy and putting up crap like gold and Figure skating I beg you try boxing. You'll think again. Training is extremely hard and you need to be very fit and strong. Sparring/fighting is harder than any other sport, you try getting hit in the face and body while trying to defend yourself, attack the other, keep your guard up, keep moving arond, keep your stamina going, drop combintations and correct punches. That's just the beginning. Strap on a pair of balls and try boxing, you'll most likely fail before you get any good.

ESPN officials agree that boxing is the hardest sport. If some sports authority agree with each other on the demand of sports, why is there even an argument with individuals? These authority figures have witnessed, studied, immersed and fully explored each area of each major sport, even minor ones. Putting this authority argument aside, they have very good reasoning skills when ranking boxing as such a hard sport. ESPN uses 10 key factors when deciding these sport ranks.


While sports like Gymnastics ranks very high on flexibility, boxing makes the over-all top marks due to the physical demand in every single aspect of these keys. Many sports lack some of these keys almost entirely (like fishing or cheerleading).

It is the easiest sport to wind up in the hospital with so how can it not be the hardest sport

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25 Free Running

Okay truth is in free running your practically jumping from 50 ft in the air while doing flips. Can anyone else do that? This is how free runners travel from A to B in an efficient way. Many times you deal with life and death in this sport

I do lots of running I have come 3rd 2nd and 2nd again you have to keep up the stammer and you need to get your breathing right and get your pass right and a couple of times I have to pull out as I have been sick will I was running as I missed out in the cored breathing

This should be # 1 on the list, people think it's easy but is like to see half of the people who say it is do it. Takes an extreme amount of strength and concentration.

Hobby not sport... Sport is a competition or race or game... Not just random jumping

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26 Rugby

No rugby came before American football and soccer. Then American football added sissy pads and helmets. For rugby you need to be more fit then a huge majority of sports. Mentally and physically. And no your not wrestling if you were then the rules would be different... Actually the game itself would be different in all. Brave as they are in American football? That's a joke not only did Americans mimic the sport, but like I said they wear pads and helmets! Yeah you get hurt but try getting crushed in a scrum with no protection or every tackle is followed by 4-8 different solid muscle players.

Rugby is not only a Physical sport, its super mental. As a nationally ranked team player I would know. Rugby requires the physical stamina of any soccer player. Also rugby players need to know the variations of all the rules depending on a referee. Think about it, if you were playing a game of football you get the ball run, Down. 15 second break. In Rugby its Boom hit, Get up run again Boom hit. Constant contact and constant aggression and decision making under serious pressure. Rank 14 is seriously incorrect.

As a "nationally ranked player" you should know that rugby is governed by laws not rules, maybe self praise is no praise

Rugby should be first. Rugby is like American football but with no breaks every 10 seconds, Its like cross country but you have to do it for 80 minutes and people constantly needing being smashed or getting smashed yourself. Some rugby tackles are measured at 7G (7 times gravity) and injuries seen in rugby are seen in head on car crashes with both cars going at 30MPH. You have to constantly work, when you have the ball, you have to dodge, pass, think, smash... When you haven't got the ball it is even worse! You have to: tackle, get smashed, run dummy lines, follow the ball carrier, help him, drive over and all that for 80 minutes.Why do you think rugby players are so massive!

Rugby is the Final Frontier for respectability in sport. It is a team sport requiring true fitness and discipline(not football's or hockey's definitions), and a wide variety of skills that require to be spontaneously deployed. Personally, I can't stand any other North American sport based on how it is superficially presented: commercials, full suits of armour as equipment, athletes being endorsed for their ill-discipline and degenerative behaviour, and a full army of analysts talking rubbish. Baseball is the worst -- quite frankly, I am embarrassed simply watching it so I can only imagine the shamelessness of all those that partake any further involvement.

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27 Skiing

Okay I honestly hate it when people think skiing is easy like seriously get some skis on and try going through a slalom course. Skiing takes up every muscle in you body including your mind. First of all your in a spandex suit in the freezing cold weather which can get your nerves up and make you tired. Then you have to wait at the top of the mountain expecting the course thinking of all the things you need to do. Then when you get out of the gate you want to ski as fast as possible and you have to use every ounce of your strength to do so. You have to push lean forward and cross block gates and if you close enough to a hate while you cross block it, it may hit you which is a good thing. I have so many bruises on my back and arms and knees and shoulders from skiing. Then when your going down the hill you have to roll your ankles and knees to get the perfect edge around the gate and while your getting your edge you have to cross block the gates lean forward look at whats coming next and ...more

The reason this isn't higher on the list is because many people are not aware of all that goes on in the sport of skiing; especially racing. I'm out on the hill every day in the winter and at the gym every day in the off season. We stand at the top of mountains in nothing but a suit of spandex waiting for our burst out of the gate in temperatures people shouldn't be exposed to. Last year, I was going down a speed trap and I was radared tumbling down the hill @ 72 mph. Legit! It's a definite mind game. You have to go all out all the time, every time. So many people die each year from racing and ski JUMPING alike. Have you seen those jumps? You would have an anxiety attack just standing at the top of one! Skiing requires coordination of everything, balance forward on your toes on two simple planks on a hill, focus on your course and your edge angles, and most importantly, knowing that you have to do WHATEVER it takes to get down as FAST as you can.

50 kilometres and 7.3 m/s average speeds, down to minus 20 degrees Celsius or even colder, Top 10 athletes in max oxygen uptake: 5 are cross country skiers 4 are cyclists and one is a runner. I recently saw a 15 pursuit where the winner fell over the finish line like a potato sack and had to be dragged out of the finish area as if he was dead.
Personal peak levels when it comes to technique takes decades to achieve often.
If a grown up/youth starts from scratch they would run faster than skiing in the first 2 - 3 years or more, imagine the people averaging almost 9 m/s in a 10 km race then (10 km running record is 6.3 m/s, and that's on a track)...

I agree fully

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

Ok I respect all sports but this is total bull! I would love to see anyone of you who talk crap about football step on a field with an NFL team. you would be destroyed! There is a reason football is the number 1 sport in america, its because there is no other sport like it. So lets have the people talking trash race an NFL wideout. I think you forget that these athletes are ranked the best in the world with regards to speed, strength, power and size. And whoever said "football is not very hard" is a retard and has no idea what they are talking about. I bet they have never played it. lets have any one of you race an NFL wide out or out bench an NFL lineman or out jump an NFL DB. if your going to talk trash make sure that the people you talk trash about can't make you crap yourself. so please all these people talking trash I dare you to step to an NFL player. and lets see who is a real athlete and doesn't need a horse to run fast or steroids to be strong and to the person who ...more

NFL players are that strong because of how much they work out. Lifting weights is what makes them strong not playing football itself. Sports such as swimming or wrestling have you use every muscle in your body and you can not even begin to compare this sport to one of those. - maverick88

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

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.

Should be #4

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

Come on how is competitive cheerleading harder than lacrosse? I'm not saying cheerleading is not difficult I understand not requires flexibility and strength, but it barely requires any endurance. In cheerleading you don't need to run, you don't get hit, and you don't catch or throw anything (besides people). Meanwhile in men's lacrosse there are many challenges for example defense requires strength, speed, ability to catch and throw the ball, and endurance. Middy (midfield) requires extreme insurance do to it's constant sprinting, strength, speed, agility, and ability to throw and catch. Also attack requires all the same traits as middy with less sprinting and all for all of these positions you need to be able to take a hit and shoot. Not to mention the goalie which is probably the most important player and also most difficult positions to play. Goalie might seem easy because it does not require much running or shooting but most people do not understand the importance and danger of ...more

Hey guys, you might just be talking about men's lacrosse here, but let's think about women's. I play on a 5th and 6th grade girls team. We have no protection besides a mouth guard and small cage mask. Sure women's lacrosse is technically a "non contact" sport, but those refs have yellow and red cards for a reason. And don't forget about these calls: dangerous shot, illegal check, stick to the head, charge, push, trip,shooting space. Those get called almost every game. I almost had my nose broken. And the goalie. Go ahead and say its easy. Because it's NOT. This has been my first year playing goalie. I have some serious bruises, a ankle roll, and wrist problems. Concentration, agility, and a mental game. Probably the hardest position out there. I think lacrosse, rowing, ballet, synchronized swimming, they should ALL be higher on the list.

You are being charged at be very large defenders, have to sprint into a shot distance, then you have to take a shot, at a goalie, who has a better chance of keeping the ball out, then you getting the ball in. Tell me that isn't hard? Oh, and almost every hit you can think of is legal.

Best sport

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30 Olympic Weightlifting

You need to train from child to be able to even compete professionally. You need plan your entire training cycle for an entire year before competition. Steroids are regularly used, and are also planned to around competitions (for testing). Most professionals need to train twice a day roughly 5-7 times a week. The amount of sleep per night, the food you eat, the need for regular massages to speed recovery all contribute to how you perform the next day during your training. Your output during competition is a direct result of how you perform throughout the years prior to competition, there is no luck involved. You either make the lift or you fail, and it's very rare that the judging actually makes a difference in the result. You can't just be dedicated to olympic weightlifting to be good at it. You need the genetics/physiology for it to really excel.

I've lifted for many years and I still can't snatch or clean & jerk very well.

Why is it so low? I'm no weightlifter, just a rugby player (it's like football, but for real men), a former horserider, but I had to vote for that one.

Horse riding needs LOTS of technique. Rugby players need to run fast, have good endurance, be tough and strong... We pump a fair amount of iron. But weighlifters just make me feel... inadequate. It's probably the hardest sport I've ever seen. It requires a HUGE amount of explosive strength, lots of flexibility, coordination, technique and discipline.

If you don't have all of this, you don't just fail to lift that weight, you may also wreck your back or your knees...

The most explosive sport in the world. One needs to be extremely proficient with the technique in both the snatch and clean and jerk in order to succeed in this sport. Technique is important, but so is the immense of amount of power and strength required as well.

This must b really hard..

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31 Rock Climbing

This is 100% the hardest sport. What you think you do at parties is nothing. Climbers train about 25 hours a week, and they require strength, agility, balance, grace, endurance, power (yes that's different to strength) and flexibility. Climbers can jump and hold themselves by two fingers on razor thin holds, and your saying soccer and hockey are harder. In hockey you run hit a ball and if your unlucky you get a few bruises. In climbing if you make a mistake you could be dead, and it is common for climbers to get whiplash from falls. You also have to put your life in the hands of your belayer. Not only is climbing physically tough it is also mentally tough. Climbers practice so much everything looks easy and that's part of the skill, but when people underestimate it I wish climbers would milk every injury, every fall, every move.

Seriously this is ridiculous! Climbers train for over 20 hours a week and are mentally as well as physically tough. They require strength, agility, balance, endurance, power, flexibility and control. Could you jump and catch a razor thin hold with two fingers? No you can't. I'm pretty sure I could kick a ball though.

It's like training for gymnastics, but instead of getting multiple comps a year to do practiced routines and complaining about judging, you get one chance a year to do a few climbs you've never seen before and don't know how to do. No pressure.

This is externally hard and it works the entire body

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32 Track and Field

I thought track and field would be higher up! First off especially if you do sprints this applies. Your coaches make you sprint a lap, then they don't tell you that you have to sprint 3 miles( broken into pieces). And they expect you to keep running your fastest every time. At my school we have track everyday for an hour. You go to the track and you run a lap when practice starts we stretch around the track( you know what that kinda is if you do track). Then hey don't make it easy on us we barely practice field events so running is all we do. The only way to get out of running sometimes is to be in a relay which is kind of hard. everyday we have to come back whether our legs hurt or not. All at my school you have to take 2 sports so if you do a fall sport and not a winter sport you don't really have that many options. This is really hard to explain how hard track runners work especially if your really dedicated. Asking me to describe how hard track is, is like asking me what the ...more

Track requires pure dedication and a love for just running. If you don't run everyday you won't improve. We run outside in the rain and freezing cold. We sit at meets for hours waiting for our event and let me tell you it's not fun when it's 32 degrees and windy. Have you ever tried running in the wind? Probably not. It's hard and it hurts! I think track is one of the hardest sports that requires the most dedication.

I can't believe this isn't higher on the list. Most people do not realize the kind of intensity this sport brings. You constantly must train and its like power lifting, giving 100% all the time just for micro progression. And during races it is extremely taxing on the body, you must have a well built cardio vascular system as well as muscle growth. Have you ever tried SPRINTING a QUARTER OF A MILE in 48 seconds? Most other athletes only have to worry about 100 meters much less 400 meters (1600 meters in 1 mile)

This was always an easier sport for me, but I only joined after I got into shape. If you aren't ready to do all of the running workouts and stuff, this probably isn't for you. I've ran the mile, 400, 200, 100, and long jump. - SirSheep

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33 Mounting Boarding

Broke my leg in this sport


34 Mountain Climbing

If you haven't trained enough in gymnastics you are also dead... but seriously mountain climbing should be way higher on the list. I have never ACTUALLY mountain climbed, as there are no mountains where I live, but climbing vertically and sometimes more than vertical on a unstable rock while heaving your body weight up doesn't seem easy. I think this is even harder than gymnastics, and I am a gymnast who holds my opinion. I think because not a lot of people actually participate in mountain climbing is the reason why it's so underrated.

I don't believe that people consider golf harder then mountain climbing. That seems like a bunch of crap to me.

I've completed professionally in wrestling and swimming, climbing carries over similar training methods and takes it to the next level. If you haven't gone climbing just try to imagine pulling your body weight hundreds of feet on the side of a cliff while holding onto an excuse of a hand grip on sharp rocks with only a rope and a harness protecting you, but by far the most thrilling and mentally challenging sport I have participated in.

Climbing difficulty is scaleable

-any v9/ 5.13 (which it the usual grade for competitons) is impossible for 99.9999% of the human population. -This game requires daily training.
-overuse injuries are common.
-One must train to be strong yet body fat must be constantly below 12%. (most top level climber crosstrains gymnastics just to be competitive}
-Flexibility is required for all disciples.
-ability to hold your full bodywieght on 10 mm ledges
-one must master fear of heights/falling/slipping
-speed climbing reqires participants to scale a wall in 6 seconds or less
-training fingers is extremely slow and is required for top level performers

anyone who doesn't think this is the hardest sport needs to google "free soloing" and look forward to the 2020 olympic games

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35 Synchronized Swimming

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

Synchronised swimming is definitely the hardest sport in the world because you need to be just as flexible as a gymnast or a competitive dancer, you need to have the endurance of a field sport player, you need the strength of a weight-lifter, not speaking about the breath you need to be able to keep for minutes, nor the dedication to the sport you must give to not miss and lack out. People who think synchronised swimming is just paddling in water ("the proof: they smile! ") could not be more wrong. We train for hours on end: to improve our flexibility (by having 70kg women sitting on us for example) until we are sweating from the sheer effort of stretching our back, arm, and leg muscles; we swim laps on end (Doing both swimming and synchronised swimming, I can say that swimming in synchronised swimming is harder than in swimming. ) to make us stronger, faster, and fitter until we are panting, we do series of laps of sprints without breathing with no pause; then we need the ...more

My experience as a synchronized swimmer
I'm standing outside the pool nervous as heck. we are all in position to jump into the pool, we have a few seconds until jumping in and I can't even breathe properly if I mess up even the smallest bit I will let my whole team down. If my noseclip comes off it's over. If I run out of breath and I come up it's over. If I touch the bottom even for a second big penalty. All these thoughts running through my head as I Stare at the pool. And the music starts I start counting non stop I won't stop counting for 3 and a half minutes if I mess up the counts I'd mess everything up. I jump in the water on count I can't see a thing the water was so cold it knocked the air out of me but I have a lift to attend to so no time to breath. I grab the bases foot as my base grabs the flyer my other foot girl kicks me and the shins girl slaps me in the face luckily my noseclip didn't come off. I can't see anything and I'm still underwater counting and eggbeatering ...more

I swim for GB national team and it’s so hard but I love synchro should be in the top 10 for sure it’s gymnastics while holding your breath

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36 Competitive Aerobic Gymnastics

This should be so much higher than most of the things on this list.

Wow I don't even do this sport, but it needs to be higher on the list

This is not true this sport is hard

This sport needs to be at least in the top ten. It requires so much strength and insane flexability. It's the least most common sport and I think that's who it's so low. You have to hold 2 people up with 1 hand.

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37 Australian Rules Football

AFL is by far, in the top ten most toughest of the sports. Not only are you constantly being beaten harder than any other ball games, such as american football or rugby, but you have to endure this for a 80 minutes game non stop. And if that isn't enough, almost all football players have lost teeth, so many concussions, many broken bones, and other injuries you wouldn't normally see on another games pitch (maybe ice hockey). On top of that, the field is a lot larger, requires ridiculous endurance, and you need to run faster than a cheetah ffs. You need to be constantly aware, you can't hold the balll for too long, even if tackled, and you must be as quick as possible in order to not be tackled down. Also, a game can be turned around within a quarter, as the scoring system benefits burst of goals. And to top it off, you need to be playing in all weather conditions. Whether is rain, hail, winds with high speeds, or unbearable heat, you need to still be playing. This is undoubtedly one ...more

I play afl I think that it is one of the hardest sports in the world. AFL players need to incorporate the skills of so many different sports into the one game. They need to be strong, agile, have good coordination and so many more. In footy tackling is a major major of the game and is quite dangerous, not to mention there is absolutely no padding or protective gear except for a mouth guard. It is probably the most data rich sport in the world without a doubt. they're are so many different techniques and skills used that the amount of data collected from one game is astonishing These are just a few of the ongoing list of reasons why AFL is easily the hardest sport in the world.

AFL will never top these lists because it is only really played at its highest level in Australia and it is population is to small to vote it higher but when you combine a full contact sport with athletes who run up to 20 Kilometers a game and a game that is played in temperatures ranging from 100 degrees F at the start of the season to full mid winter rain storms and mud, you have a tough game.

Aussie Rules should be one of the top 10 on these lists but unfortunately its only played in Australia and most people voting are from other countries including America. If you have not seen Aussie Rules just check out highlights on Youtube.

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38 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 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.

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

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

Definitely deserves to be much higher than Cheerleading - Gymnasticsfan

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

Wow... everyone thinks that these other sports are hard. How about you try riding a 40-50 foot wave of destruction like I do every day. You will not survive. A sport where you stand on a tiny little board and ride down a 40 foot wave is not ahead of cheer leading. Seriously! Imagine this. You are towed out by a jet ski which then leaves you all alone floating on a tiny board. Suddenly a mound of water begins to rise behind you. It looks as if a giant monster such as Godzilla is rising from the ocean. You have second thoughts as the wave grows even larger but you can't quit now. Its too late. You paddle with all your might as the wave approaches you at high speed. The wave has caught up to you and now you are at the very top of the wave looking straight down. Now if you fall there are many dangers such as being pushed under 50 feet which will very likely rupture your ear drums. Even if you make it back up you only have 20 seconds before another wave pushes you back under. Your ...more

This story was probably exaggerated (if this is true take it as a compliment you're just too good to be believed over the internet). Anyways, I do agree surfing is a hard sport, it takes balance, and lots of skill - Yatagarasu

I don't understand how surfing and all the other board sports are so low on this list! Surfing is EXTREMELY hard. Just to be an alright surfer is hard. Now become a pro. People seem to think that when you catch a wave you will just magically stand up and turn and do tricks and stuff. You wont. Surfing is a very hard sport that takes an insane amount skill and endurance. Try standing out there surfing all day. By the end of the day you will be so exhausted that you can't even lift up your arms. If you are a serious surfer you will probably do core workout classes and stuff too. Competition surfing takes HUGE dedication, skill etc. You need to be the best out there. Big Wave surfing takes HUGE guts. You need to be able to ride up to a wave that people flee from and know that surfing this could mean your death. Not a lot of other sports have you do that.

Actually I am a MMA fighter and surfing is very easy for me. my first time I was doing cutbacks and aerials.

Surfing and all the other board sports are way too low on this list. Just being alright in surfing is already hard. Now be a pro. Competition surfing requires HUGE dedication, skill and A LOT of other stuff. You got to be the best out there to win. You have to have your tricks down to the perfection. Big Wave surfing requires some serious guts! HUGE guts. You have to be able to ride up to a huge monstrous wave that can easily kill you and well surf it. That not only takes gut, but also a lot of skill!

Big Wave Surfing has to be by far the hardest sport to participate in on any level and capacity... undisputed.

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40 Field Hockey

You're constantly running for up to an hour without stopping, while holding a heavy stick in you hand. Then your trying to hit a very hard tiny ball with that stick all while evading the opposing teams players. On turf the ball travels extremely fast and you've got to run harder to keep up with it. Also sticks are flying everywhere and you can easily get a concussion, break, and if your goggles are great, you can get your eye taken out. And all while wearing a kilt.

I do not even play this form of hockey, but I've seen the girls on the field hockey team running miles for practice While dribbling the ball. Not only do they have to wear a lot of equipment to reduce the risk of injury, they also need to have multiple skills. Dribbling, driving, push passing. The rules are also very detailed. I've been to multiple games and I still barely know what going on. You gotta hand it to them, they work hard.

You're sprinting, trying to block one or more people away and trying to go in for the score keeping in mind you might have to outsmart the goalie all at the same time. It's so fast and you need stick skills to prosper. You now need goggles because without them many people got concussions.

I love feild hockey it's so much fun

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

Tennis is brutal! Tennis requires an incredible amount of skill, the ability to co-ordinate every part of your body from the correct footwork patterns to the smallest manipulation of your wrists whilst hitting a moving ball and throwing your body all over the court.
Next is physical, as it's a whole body sport you have to develop every part of your body from both aerobic and anaerobic exercises to power and strength oh and don't forget its both lower and upper body exercises whilst maintaining good flexibility and agility. Very few other sports have to cover as many different areas of the body in order to compete at a high level and also, take into account tennis doesn't have an off season, you train and play throughout the year (unless top 8) your body does get punished. Every sport at a high level has a detrimental affect to the body so there's no need for me to say that tennis players are prone to severe shoulder and hip problems as I know other sports depending on the excessive ...more

Actually, you're not entirely correct in saying that you could drop into swimming and be good at it. There are 4 strokes, and each one is different, so by the time you learned all 4 to adequately swim (which would take about 3 months if you're dedicated), the swimmer that dropped into tennis would have easily picked up the basics. Not to mention that swimming also requires dives, turns, and under waters (Adds about 1 month), which would add more time just to pick up the basics of knowing how to swim competitively. So I'm just saying that swimming does earn it's place, and that you don't know as much about swimming than ACTUAL swimmers. - Cnguyen

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'm not sure what this list means by hardest sport but Tennis is definitely one of the hardest to actually be the best at. In other sports people are bringing up how dangerous the sport is but that has nothing to do with the level of skill it takes to be good at it. Tennis has to be in the top ten though. Tennis is so much harder mentally than any other sport there is. It's not like a team sport where you have the support of your team and you work together. That makes it so much easier. In tennis you are all alone on the court against your opponent. Every single point can determine whether you win the match or lose. Its all about which player is more determined to win. Tennis isn't hard at all for beginners or people who don't take it seriously. Its actually very easy. Tennis is only hard for advanced players like me, who try for every single point. If you aren't doing a good job or playing every point like its life or death you will lose. Its not like your team is there to win the ...more

You may think any random person can play tennis but it is not true at all. You can not just learn to hit the ball over the net and between and be a pro like Nadal or Federer. No, they all had plenty of practice and spent years of perfecting serves, volleys, forehands, backhands, returns, placing the ball and reaching the ball. Imagine returning serves exceeding speeds of 100 kilometres per hour and keeping them in between the lines. Even if you played for several years there is always practice to be done. I know people that got bad injuries from playing extreme tennis for hours. You could get soft tissue injury and it really hurt. I have been playing tennis for a year and still make plenty of unforced errors. So just do not think that tennis is just a sport that just requires you to hit a ball with rackets and keep the ball in between the lines.

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42 Short Course Triathlon

Very very intense, heart rate maxed out the whole time. This includes swimming (which is in the top ten), cycling, and running. This sport tests your endurance, speed, power, and mental toughness.

43 Skydiving

I don't sky dive but I think sky diving is much harder than that first you have to get over the fear of jumping out of a plane! - foxandwolf

Scary but not a sport

44 American Football

It is really hard to catch with all the gear. The gear weighs you down too. People think that football players are weak because of the gear, but try to run and catch and do everything you do with all of that gear. The helmets block the view of catching and you can't run as fast. Also all those huge linebackers just got bigger with that gear. People are always saying "come have a football player do our practice." How about you go a do a football practice. The condition might be easy, but lets add in getting plowed into the dirt. Also add the 20-30 pounds of gear on your back.

I have to admit that swimmers don't know what they are talking about when they say they are stronger then football players, and I even swim all year round competitively. My brother plays football and he could beat the heck out of me and lift a hundred pounds more.

But it is harder if you think about it. You have to take in technique, endurance, speed, and the amount of laps you do per event. Then you also have to add in 4 strokes, dives, and turns. We may not be as strong, but strength doesn't necessarily mean the hardest sport. - Cnguyen

You play for like 10 seconds and then you stand for like a minute

Football. Easy compared to gymnastics.

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45 Bowling

Bowling isn't the most physically demanding sport, but it's extremely difficult. One small slip up and your ball will go the opposite direction from where you want it to, whereas in sports such as Baseball, Football, Basketball, etc; you have multiple opportunities to make up for the moments where you lack. However in bowling once you mess up even once you cannot get your score back up to where you want it to be.

People think that this isn't a tough sport. It is a pretty complex sport. It involves you having a good mental attitude. You also have to find the oil pattern and know the way you have to roll the ball to get it to hit the pocket. Finding the right board to start on and what arrow or board to roll the ball is difficult. Your release and the way you start does matter. See. Bowling is a complex sport.

This is the only sport in the world where you can throw your very best shot in the world and still only get nine. Also the challenge is completely invisible you have to work with transition and learning to adapt to the changes and figure out how to make those changes every single shot and you have to be able to throw exactly the same every single time.

Should be in the top 5 easiest sports

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46 BMX Racing

I do believe Bmx is one of the hardest competitive sports out there. Everyone thinks its so easy until they get out on the track and try it for themselves. Ask any parent that has tried they'll say its not as easy as it looks. Racing Bmx takes a lot of hard work and dedication. You need to be able to complete moves and passes within A split second.

I have been doing Bmx Racing for a few years and I feel that if you try it you will seriously feel it is one of the toughest sports because if you start later in life you will have most of the others that have been racing since they have been mere toddlers so it takes all day everyday just to barely compete with the others so you have to be in top condition.

BMX racing is actually a very hard, competitive sport that requires dedication, strength, speed, and the ability to function under pressure. Everyone is always getting faster, and you need to keep up. Training everyday is necessary, and if you don't, you fall behind. For everyday you don't ride, it takes two days to catch up to the others. If you don't ride for a month, it'll take two months to catch up and so on.

Can't wait to start this sport. I haven't done an actual race yet but just practicing is hard. First day I fell and cut my knee open.

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47 Marathon

Very hard, should be higher


26 miles of nonstop running. kill me

48 Shooting

Using a gun to shoot flying objects depends al lot on natural skill

49 Cross Country Skiing

Cross country skiing is more of a sport that competitive baton twirling! People these days are ridiculous! Cross Country skiing may not be the hardest sport. But defiantly harder than horse back riding!

Cross country skiing should definitely be in the top 20 at least! Skiers are probably the most fittest people in the world. It uses every muscle of your body

First of all the technique is very hard to master. You have to learn two techniques: skating and classic which are both very hard.

Second of all skiing is a outdoor sport and you practice in every condition including: freezing cold temperatures, snow storms, in the summer you practice on roller skiis in the hot sun or rain.

Third the hills are very tough. For the uphill you have to learn a technique called harringbone. Uphills uses your arms, core, legs and endurance. The downhills are also very hard imagine going 20- 60 km an hour on a pair of small skiis. Now try doing a corner without wiping out even pros wipout on downhills!

Racing is even harder because you have to be in a pack with more than 50 people and this is hard because you are trying not to clip a nither persons skii or else it could cause ...more

This is insane. XC skiing is the single hardest sport for the aerobic system (lungs, heart). Just check out which athletes who have recorded the highest oxygen uptakes. Cross country skiers.. Only triathlon, cycling, running and rowing can come close.


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50 Sport Jujutsu

Its really hard to roll around with other people bigger than you and have to be aware of someone getting you in a arm bar and snapind your arm in 3 places


I did jiu jitsu for 7 years and now I'm in swimming! Jiu jitsu needs to be way higher up there especially before shooting! I mean that's not even a sport, but jiu jitsu is all about technic and the ability to hold someone in one position for lile 7 mins, that might not seem that long but ooh it hurts sooo bad! Admit it any person whos in jiujitsu would dominate anyone in karate! Karate is kicking and punching and breaking boards! Jiu jitsu is choking, holding, stretching people out, flipping people! If someone in jiu jitsu fought someone in karate, the person in karate would be so confused and in pain! Now that I'm in swim its waayyy harder! Although it doesn’t involve grips, it sure involbes technique! Try swimming a mile then coach tells you the next set.. 500 fly, u wanna cry because it already hurts so bad. But u can't just stop cause everyone else in your lane will have to stop( and coach will yell at you). So u just swim, like every thing depends on this moment and this is ...more

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