Most Dangerous Sports

Sports were you are very likely to get hurt (or killed) while playing!

The Top Ten

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

There are so many fatal riding accidents that it is near impossible to keep count. Working around on with any living, thinking animal immediately presents obvious risks. Jade South, Jessica Forsyth and Emma Jonathan are just some names of promising young riders who have lost their lives doing the thing they loved most in the last 3 years. The first two names were girls of 14 years.

It should be horse riding! People are risking there lives! If you can't see that then your just a very stupid person! There are more deaths from horse riding each year compared to other sports!

" you play football? That's cute"

The first time I was bucked off I fractured my arm, sprained my neck, pulled a muscle in my leg, and dislocated my knee. When my cousin was a toddler she walked behind a horse and got kicked so hard she flew ten feet, became cross-eyed and since she hit a fence, she became paralyzed from the neck down. So yeah, horseback riding is VERY dangerous on and off the horse...

CHEERLEADERS, READ THIS. I have a few cheerleader friends who even admit that horseback riding is more dangerous. My sister's friend said that horseback riding was easy and that anyone could do it. She said that basketball was harder! Seriously? Then my sister put her on her barrel horse and told her to take her through the pattern. She started out because the horse was getting impatient with her and started rearing up and kept trying to bolt. She later said that it was harder than it looked. All because it looks easy, doesn't mean it is. Riders who know what they are doing make it look easy, but they are trying so hard. They don't know what to expect. We are always in suspense. I have been riding my whole life and have fallen off a total of 18 times. Once, I was loping bareback and my horse spooked at something. I was completely catapulted off of her, landed on my shoulder and then flipped down a bank. I hopped straight up to chase after my horse who was galloping home. When my ...more

This one really - Spiritualsavedboy

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2 Bull Riding Bull Riding

Bull riding is a amazing sport. Also a dangerous. You could break a lot of bones and be in bed for a long time. Bull rider's are risking their lives for everyone that thinks it's a fun sport it's not. What if when you fall down the bull steps on your guts hm, that would be kind of pain full. This list is kind of messed up

I totally agree with you this should be I the top of the list and you can have back broken as easy as that, the people who created bull riding or. Even do it are idiots wanting to kill themselves

For the bullrider this has got to be the toughest 8 seconds to endure, if you're successful, particularly in the short round with the bulls like Bushwacker, Bones, or Voodoo Child. But there is little danger to the audience as in other sports such as baseball. Baseball, to me, has the highest potential for serious injury... Not only to a batter, infielder or pitcher, but to spectators in the stands. If it isn't a super fast ball coming at you, it could be a splintered bat!

I searched this up. THIS IS FOR ALL U PEOPLE OUT THERE WHO SAY THAT MORE PEOPLE DIE OF BULL RIDING THAN HORSEBACK RIDING: I searched up how many people die of bull riding each year. Guess what it said? 3. IT SAID THREE! So I have no idea what this one person is saying about how "only 20 people die from horseback riding each year and 4,368 or so people die from bull riding" he said only 20 people die of horseback riding each year? Try 200. And this guy acted like it was no big deal that "20 people out of the billions of people in the earth die from horseback riding" that is a quote from this dumb dude. He or she is obviously a very stupid person. Because there could only be an average of 5 people dying each year from horseback riding, and it would still be the same. It would still be a family loosing a loved one. SO don't U STUPID PEOPLE DARE TELL ME THAT ITS NO BIG DEAL! And if this dude is reading this, I want him to know that he over exaggerated when he said that like 4,368 people ...more

Try gymnastics while on a bucking bull! LOL
For all of you out there that think YOUR sport is the most dangerous, good for you, just please learn some grammar and spelling before posting :)
How come nobody has Jai-Alai on this list. People die from those balls!

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

Gymnast... Almost 11 years... Seen kids do double backs off beam and land on their heads and not be able to move. A girl was doing full twisting yurchenkos into the foam pit and broke both bones in her shin. I pulled in on double backs on bars and hit my feet (some serious soft tissue damage) and my head.


Yes my friends mom ripped her vagina doing gymnastics. She was 3 months pregnant at the time. Ouch.

The only reason people say that cheerleading is the most "dangerous" is because most cheerleaders are preppy, pretty, snotty girls that guys like to watch... Yeah well that should make it a wimpy sport, because most cheerleaders do cheer for looks and popularity and not to say they are in a grueling sport. I was a level 10/open gymnast when I stopped and picked up my dream as a full time coach, and I live in pain still from the intense means a gymnast must go through. I have watched my friends be rolled out on stretchers and had so man surgeries there families went into debt with the cost of gymnastics. At the same time compared to the difficulty level of gymnastics we have a low number of injuries only because we are literally trained how to fall, we workout and condition so much that we are so strong and used to pain half the time we don't even tell anyone about the constant pain we suffer. I broke my ankle once and I was forced to go to a doctor they told me I would be ...more

We aren't at all "preppy and snobby" and cheer is not up higher on the list because guys like to watch it. It's up there because we put our lives at risk. We throw girls 30 feet into the air and catch them. If you think that cheer is not even dangerous then you can try it yourself. Go ahead and hold someone up in the air while she hits different motions or you can try to be the one being up in the air standing on somebody's hand. Have you ever seen a girl rip a hole through her lip because he got hit in the face with her flyers head. And then continue to perform with a smile on. Have you ever seen someone break a bone and continue to hold her flyer in the air like there is nothing wrong. Probably not. Because we are cheerleaders. We are very tough. Sure gymnastics is hard. I used to be a gymnast. But seeing it from both sides I definitely know that cheer is harder and more dangerous.

Gymnastics is very dangerous it is an amazing sport and just by doing it day by day you risk your life just in the gym. It takes a lot of concentration to do a complicated tumbling pass with the slightest impression in the back of your mind knowing that yes I could kill myself doing this and yes I will regret it when I fall on my neck/back halfway in the middle of a full twist and maybe have a slight concussion. But you know what us gymnast, we are not cry babies we fall on our heads, stomachs, backs and butts so, many times in just one practice that we seem to get used to the fact that gymnastics is HARD and DANGEROUS! But we keep trying because we know that with practice and Injuries, live threatening injuries that we can achieve what we want to achieve. Because why would someone want to run 16mph towards a metal table and throw themselves into twist and flips just to get a judge hold up a few numbers? Well I if your not a gymnast you wouldn't know the feeling that comes with ...more

I am a gymnast and I fully agree with you!

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4 Cheerleading

Here's to the people who say cheerleading isn't a sport and that cheerleaders aren't athletes. The very definition of sport is, and I quote, "an athletic activity requiring skill or physical prowess and often of a competitive nature. We practice just as much as you do. Every day of the week, 2 hours. We condition, We run, We do ab workouts and pushups and planks. No, we don't lift weights, we lift our athletes-and we hold them 10-15 feet in the air until our arms shake. Until our legs quiver. Don't doubt the flyers either. We have more muscle than you seem to think. The amount of balance, leg muscle, and core tightness it takes to stay in the air is unbelievable to someone who has never done it before. We run full speed at nothing, then flip in the air, twist, and land on our feet. We jump. We jump high-without a trampoline. Concentrating on pointed toes, extended legs, tight arms, jump height, facials, and smiling Ever based a basket toss? You get blood blisters on your hands. ...more

This is seriously perfect. My guy friend tried telling me today that cheerleading is not a sport. I really took offense to it. Yeah he plays football so he doesn't exactly see how hard we work. But the nerve that he had to say that made me sick. I told him that it is the most dangerous contact sport and he still continues to tell me that it is not a sport. All of these people dissing cheerleading need to take a step in our shoes if they really say that cheerleading is not a sport.

Okay so first of all to everyone who says cheer leading isn't a sport or its not dangerous. Think again. Football they have padding. Most other sports have padding because they are all scared to get hurt. Cheerleaders like me are fierce and we never give up. Football players have a broken toe and they let their coach know and then can't play until its better but cheerleaders could have a broken wrist and will keep it from the coach so they could finish the seasons. We cheer for months straight. Football players just go for one season. We go for multiple. We don't all date football players. That's a stereo type. That crap is in movies. My boyfriend is going to do football next year but I didn't date him because of that. Most of my team is single. We have great personalities and we're not rude or snotty. We work as a team because we have to put our lives at risk with each other. To the motorcross guy who said which is more dangerous being thrown about 60 feet in the air and falling or ...more

What do you mean "Most other sports have padding because they are all scared to get hurt? In hockey players have padding yet they still get injured. Heck, even the ref gets injured! - EXPLAINdis

Every single time we (cheerleaders) throw a girl in the air everyone of us are taking a risk of getting killed! One wrong move could make her land on our heads and break our necks! One tiny mistake in cheerleading can leave many injuries! The reason it's so dangerous is because it's 5 different girls working together to accomplish one task and when one thing goes wrong all of them are at risk!

No one is going to kill there self cheerleading is not that dangerous. Gymnastics and bull riding r so much more dangerous!

This is definitely not a sport at all. - big-dude

Yes it is. Look up the literal definition of a sport and you'll see that it matches up perfectly. Ding Dong, your opinion is wrong. - SassyEquine

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

I find it funny that all of you football players are saying things like "Are you kidding me! Cheer leading and horseback riding arnt even sports! Each week of nfl at least two people get concussions or broken bones" and
"Football is dangerous and horse riding and gymnastics aren't sports! " Then you say "if you have never played football then don't say it's easy! " Like really? Have you ever ridden a horse? And I'm not talking about being lead around on a pony when you were 5! Every time I go to the barn we do conditioning, oh and this is every day and I'm there for up to 5 hours. Conditioning consists of running up a steep hill... 20 times, running across a feild that's about 100 meters holding a hale bail that weighs about 75-100 pounds... 5 times (back and forth). Then we do 100 sit-ups, then we do a wall sit for 10 minutes, then we repeat this 5 times. Also when we ride it looks like we are just sitting there... Yea. No. When we ride we have to ...more

This is obviously exaggerated. Boy, don't tell me it only takes an hour to do even 100 sit-ups. If that whole thing five times was your daily routine you would get like half a round done before fainting of exhaustion. Also, Hay bales don't weigh 100 pounds. 20, at most. (I would know, I live with horses too). And when you push on the side of the horse, it moves the other way because it is trained like that. You aren't "pushing 1500 pounds of muscle with one leg". And it actually doesn't take that much strength to keep a horse under control. I doubt whoever wrote this has even touched a horse by this comment. I have had years of training with horseback riding and this comment is completely ridiculous. Listen buddy. My mom let kids ride horses at my elementary school fall festival. It's not that dangerous. Football gives you concussions, broken bones, etc. Please do a little bit of research before trying to pretend you know what you're talking about. Please. - TheInsomniac

OK, now just stop! Stop insulting other sports, do you think football is the only sport where you can be hurt, horseback riding: Fall off, you can die, a kick to the head, concussion, fatal injuries. How can you say horseback riding isn't dangerous! By the way, can you guys stop insulting cheerleading! A footballer, you are hurt, you leave for a few weeks, a cheerleader, break your wrist, you suck it up, that's dedication. You train until you can train no more, and still you work hard. The days when you are dying if exhaustion, and still you train hard. A single false move, and you can die. You watch too many movies, cheerleaders aren't stuck up brats, they are real people, dedicated to their passion, willing to put their lives on the line. In football, you get hurt, you go home, all better, sure there are fatal, and permanent injuries, but in horseback racing and cheerleading, a false move and you're dead. I appreciate all sports, so do the same.

Sorry, there are football players that DO play through injuries, thank you very much. Do you not think that footballers train hard? Sorry, but though I do believe that both Cheering and Horseback Riding are sports, I have a hard time believing that in Cheering, 'one false move and you're dead. ' Look this up for yourself- '5-15 people die from cheerleading per year. ' While that figure proves Cheerleading can be fatal, just look up for the same statistic for football. '20 people die from playing football per year. ' Sorry, but those statistics all but prove Football to be more dangerous. And that's no disrespect to the sport of Cheerleading. It's a really awesome sport, and it is difficult to do and amazing to watch. It's simply just not as dangerous as football. - Therater2

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? Are these opinions? No. They are facts. We get scores. Knocked down a rail? 4 faults. Horse refused? 4 faults. Over the time limit? 2 faults for every 5 seconds over. Messed up the pattern? Disqualified. If you mess up a play in a ...more - Gshayea_shandi

HA! You go sit on a horse and them jump a 4 foot jump, see how easy it is buddy! You go do that and then maybe ill believe that FOOTBALL is more dangerous, when you clear a 4 foot jump your first time on a horse, ill believe you.

yes very

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6 Hockey

Hockey is should definitely be in the top 5 or at least ahead of soccer. You are constantly getting hit into the boards which can lead to broken bones, concussions and more. I broke my arm twice from a slash, lost 2 teeth getting high sticked, and KO some guy in a fight

Come on! WAY more dangerous than soccer! I see only 3 players in a soccer game get knocked down. In hockey, EVERY player gets knocked on their ass at least 3 times per game from what I've seen! I can't even name one NHL player that STILL has all their teeth except for the first year players.. Did I mention you are allowed to fight? AND it's full contact. Face first into glass walls, I'm not even 20 and I lost a tooth ALREADY. Worst impact was ending in a 3 week coma. I slammed another player into the wall, BROKE the glass and his whole face was covered in BLOOD! (it was nasty) slamming a guy on grass is nothing.. You wanna talk about pain, how about HEAD FIRST ON ICE! Let's talk about more pain, how bout a 110mph puck in the face.. Never happened to me... Well not yet but I've seen it plenty of times.. Not pretty! Which is harder? Running or skating? Obviously skating! To play hockey, you need to skate just as well as you can walk and run. Anyone can run backwards. Try skating ...more

Alright I've been playing hockey 3 years (now midget) each year was to hospital at least once, broken bone, fracture, sprains, I'm lucky! Coulda had some bad concussions, throat slit by a blade, its rough and some people go out to hurt people, on ice, its hard look what happened just the other week habs vs bruins, chara, that happens more than that, that was just serious, never know what can happen, horseback is dangerous too I do it, not as dangerous, but soccer? Come on seriously? Put some hockey players on the ice with just shin pads you see what happens then! We've broke the glass 3 times this year with pucks, a midget team! They're hard rubber and go fast.. Maybe not number 1, but past soccer? I think so

Hockey is the hardest hitting sport in the world for sure.You can think what you want but hockey is definitely the hardest hitting sport in the world

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7 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..

Boxing is brutal. Much more dangerous than the other sports on here. Don't get me wrong, I ain't ripping on any of the other sports on here, football, hockey, etc are all still rough, but think about boxing. The pure science behind everything in that sport is brutal.

Boxing is 50% hitting and 50% not getting hit. When you play football, your goal is to run the ball down to the field and score a touchdown. When you play hockey, your goal is to slap the puck into the net. When you play baseball, your goal to to hit the ball outside the field. When you play basketball, your goal is to shoot the ball into the net. When you box, your goal is to physically and intentionally hurt your opponent. You also have to be quick and be able to have the energy to move around just to not get hit. You play football. You play tennis. You play volleyball. You don't "play" boxing. When somebody hits you in the face with the intention to knock you out, break your nose, or give you a black ...more

One mistake in article... Dude damage is most with smaller gloves because force is distributed in less area ultimately causing more damage

Boxing is dangerous you people say it's just babies hitting each other in the face. REALLY YOUR PUTTING STUFF SUCH AS CHEERLEADING IS MORE DANGEROOUS? Let me ask you one question. Have you ever been hit by a 12 pound mallet in the face going 20mph? I don't think so and that is the average punch by a pro boxer. Imagine getting hit my 500 of those! YOU THINK BOXERS ARE WEAKLINGS? And the training for boxing is brutal. Running 5 miles a day, hitting a 150 pound bag for an hour... If you think boxing is a children's sport imagine fighting Mike Tyson, Rocky Marciano, Muhammad Ali, Nikolai Valuev... You'll probably be dead before round 1 is over. 9 out of 10 pro boxers have concussions that decrease the life expectancy for people like them. Sure you other sports hurts so bad to fall on the ground. Imagine breaking a few ribs, your nose, bruised eyes, severe brain trauma, even death. Sure falling 15 feet, getting rammed by 250 lbs imagine 1000 pounds of force to your face! If you ...more

Out of all the sport mentioned here, I do believe boxing is the most dangerous. Think about it and compare all the athletes after they performed. Can a horseback rider complete it's task without gettting hurt? Yes. Can a gymnist compete and not get hurt? Yes. All the sports mention above boxing, you are able to compete and not get hurt. But not in boxing, you will without a doubt get a cut, bruise or concussion even after one round. Remember they go at punching each other for a minimum of 3 rounds up to 12 rounds. Not even MMA can compare to boxing because in MMA you are allowed to tap out and there are more opportunity to defeat your opponent. In boxing the only way is to punch the living daylights out of your opponent and the object is to break their bones (ribs, nose, orbital socket, collar bone etc..) or to injure them internally (liver, kidney spleen, brain etc..) and finally to knock them out cold. Boxing is a real sport for only the tough people. If you are afraid to get hit, ...more

I’ve gotta tell my dad about this

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8 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.

Cheering I understand. But it's not more dangerous than BULL RIDING! Nor is it more dangerous than Lacrosse... Or Wrestling. Wrestling should definitely be in the top 5 at least! I've been a wrestler for years now and I KNOW how dangerous it is. Hell, I've had 7 practices so far this season (I'm writing this comment 2 weeks into season) and I have already re-injured my busted shoulder and my left leg is almost immobilized from landing on someones arm 50 times in ONE PRACTICE... It hurts. And I'm no softy. To the other posters, fear is inevitable. You must conquer it in order to be a successful anything. I believe that this article is biased... But so is every comment on it. Honestly, a cheerleader probably wrote it BUT... I'm a wrestler - just voicing my opinions. Every sport has it's risk - but there is no way that cheerleading is the MOST dangerous sport. Don't get me wrong, I'm not saying that wrestling is. I'm just stating my opinion.

P. S. - Lacrosse is probably #1 or ...more

I currently wrestle for my highschool and I can say from experience that wrestling is a pretty dangerous sport. luckily, I haven't come across many severe injuries, but I know lots of people (practically my entire team) who have broken bones, injured their backs and knees, injured their necks, received cauliflower ear, received cosmetic injuries come across concussions, dislocated shoulders, and still wrestled the next day after coming across some of these injuries. With this I do believe wrestling is a dangerous sport, but definitely not as dangerous as bull riding, football, or MMA. personally I think mma is the most dangerous sport. even though in my eyes wrestling isn't the most dangerous sport, I still believe that it's the toughest sport, and makes tough individuals. I've never met a successful wrestler who didn't have a killer instinct, a high pain tolerance, and a competitive drive.

My brother has wrestled ever since he was 4 years old, he is 11 now, and he has had MANY injuries; he had to get a staple in the back of his head because he was head thrown into a table. He has also popped his elbow out of place when someone was arm barring/chicken winging him. I have wrestled for 4 1/2 to 5 years and even though I am a girl wrestler. I have popped my knee out of place, gotten a few bloody noses, black eyes, and been thrown so hard I couldn't breathe. Wrestling is a tough sport for anyone to do, a wrestler has to remember all the moves they have learned and know when to do them. They also have to be able to persevere through the 3 matches they have whether or not they are winning because there is always a chance. I believe that wrestling should be in THE TOP 3 but that's my opinion.

I agree this can be dangerous it possible to get badly hurt

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9 Rugby

I've played rugby for 8 years and I have have my face split open teeth put through my cheeks and lips, sprained ribs dislocated thumbs and shoulder, broken nose (twice) ligament damage in my knee elbow sholder and neck, knocked out roughly 5 times, concussions, muscle tear, and some bruises and cuts, but I still love playing :D because I have done worse injuries to other by running into them when crash balling such as beaking their jaw, other their nose, others I knocked out their teeth, I've broken peoples ribs I've broken peoples legs and wrists

Id say this sport should be number one in the list and its more tough in europe than south africa in my opinion

I come from South Africa. Rugby here is way more tough than in Europe and the USA. It's nothing like NFL, because its meant for men to play. Rugby is a much more quick paced and rough and there are no pads needed because we ain't girls.

It has no pads if your hit you can break around 3 to 5 ribs or more!

Very good sport but dangerous 😀😀

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10 Motocross

Definitely the most dangerous. And to all you people that think that cheerleading is the most dangerous, tell me this. Is falling in cheerleading from about 10-15 feet or falling from up to 50 feet going 35 or 40 mph more dangerous? You decide..

We fall from about 60 feet going faster than that. don't diss something you have never tried. why don't you try a senior 5 competitive cheer practice first? Then I will let you judge us

Hah I can't believe motocross is number 9, this is mostly due to the average persons lack of knowledge of the sport and how extremely dangerous it is, there isn't just a possibility of getting hurt but it is guaranteed that at some point you will be injured..

Anyone who's played any other sport knows that moto-cross is by far very very hard

Most definitely most dangerous sport we fly through the air so fast and high

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The Contenders

11 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.

Every lacrosse game, your nearly guaranteed to have at least one serious injury. In our last game, we had to stop 12 seconds early when one of the kids on the other team got sandwiched... Hard. Concussion. Dislocated shoulder. The whole shebang. We called in the ambulance and the kid didn't remember half of it the next day. The best part: it was a completely legal hit. Today. Our goalie got knocked unconscious by a hit. A guy got hit in the throat with a cross check (have you ever been hit in the throat by a guy sprinting at you? All we could do watch watch him squirm on the ground, struggling for air. ), and one of the guys on the other team took a shot on goal and hit our teammate straight in the head. That knocked him out for a little bit there too.

THIS IS DANGEROUS! I'm a goalie and I'm putting my life on the line when I step in the cage.

OK so as goalie, you guys are WRONG. I've broken bones three times in the past two years and that isn't even bad. The pain I get from breaking bones isn't even bad, past two times I've broken I haven't gone in for two weeks because shin hits are so much worse and they don't break and I just assume "hm well this is like a 6/10 compared to the 9's I get from shin hits at (as low as) 65mph and (as high as) 88mph (clocked by not even my hardest shooting teammate and I'm only in HS, college and pros is normally 90. Cheerleading really isn't that dangerous in terms of extremes, multiple players have died. Everyday situations, multiple players on each team break bones in a year while everyday situations for cheerleaders is a 10 foot fall onto a padded mat, sprains are what most cheerleaders face. Hockey is just lax with more pads, Horseback riding is pretty dangerous (for extremes only though ie trampling) and football... Well no one really dies in football (sorry to sound extremely ...more

Hey that your guys are saying is poop

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12 Rugby League Rugby League Rugby league football, usually called rugby league, league, rugby or football , is a full contact sport played by two teams of thirteen players on a rectangular field.

How is football higher on the list, when rugby is the same sport, just without the padding? Rugby players in pads would kill football players.

In rugby people are intentionally trying to get you down, plus you have no protection. People on the ground getting stepped on by a 180 pound man with cleats doesn't feel good. Yes sports like motocross are dangerous but in moto people aren't trying to hurt you. For every rugby game you play there is a guarantee that you will be sore, and if your lucky you won't be injured. Imagine running at full speed and then having another person running full speed tackling you from the side, the impact on your spine and ribs is brutal, knocks the reach out of you and makes you feel like throwing up, but you have to keep running and keep tackling, rugby is not for the weak and it is dangerous no doubt. Not as dangerous as skydiving but certainly more dangerous than soccer and cheer leading and moto!

Rugby requires no padding and football is based off of it, if boys say football is the most dangerous sport they are wrong

Vote it up! It is way more dangerous than football! - micahisthebest

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13 Mixed Martial Arts Mixed Martial Arts Mixed martial arts is a full-contact combat sport that allows the use of both striking and grappling techniques, both standing and on the ground, from a variety of other combat sports and martial arts.

MMA is a sport that no normal person can handle. Jabs, hooks, uppercuts, and etc, with little to no protective gear. Concussions and bone breakage is a must in this sport. Death at an early age is almost impossible to escape.

Exactly! These idiots are exaggerating the hell out of horseback riding, but you can't really exaggerate this. It's completely brutal. - TheInsomniac

UFC fighter are bad asses they could break bone with one punch most dangerous in my book

MMa is for sure on of the most brutal and dangerous sports out there. Imagine getting elbowed and kneed in the face several times than thrown to the ground and getting punched while on the ground until you can't see straight and then expected to do it again. And again. And again. So yeah for all you haters out there that's mixed martial arts. Trust someone who knows what it feels like

I got really hurt doing this sport this should be number one

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14 Parkour

What! Are You kidding me? Has Anyone ever actually seen Parkour? Look up the 'Worlds Biggest Parkour jump', and its across two buildings 20 stories high! Come on Parkour brothers and sisters, VOTE!

Every time Traceurs practice Parkour on a high level, they risk the chance of injury and death. Especially when attempting high jumps and stunts. Can the rest of the sports boast in jumping down 20ft objects and landing unscathed? Definitely more dangerous than cheerleading. Yeah, you sissies can break a bone or get paralyzed if something go wrong. In Parkour, accidents on high levels are non-existence, it's death. Land wrong from a jump- death. Miss a precision jump in heights- death.

Someone explain how falling off a horse, getting tackled by a big buff guy, doing a flip two meters from the ground, doing an acrobatic move like a handstand on gymnastics floor, AND fighting a big bruiser is more dangerous than jumping between buildings over +10 stories high (plus doing acrobatics in solid concrete like a rolling front flip or a wall flip). If you don't think parkour is dangerous, you're pretty (by pretty I mean THE DEFINITION OF) stupid. I barely started training for parkour/free running like a few weeks ago (plus I watch a lot of professional parkour videos) and I already know I'm bound to fall on my back or bleed worse than that time my scooter's breaks failed, making that the worse bleeding of my life so far. If you knew what it feels like to climb really thin fences with little to no support to step on or jumping between quite big gaps, parkour would be number one. Please, tell me of a hobby that's more dangerous than doing stunts that if messed up the slightest ...more

Crickey mate, danger danger!

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15 Base Jumping

With base jumping, you're jumping of a 500-800 ft structure (sometimes even lower) but with cheerleading you're jumping off your best friend's shoulders? That doesn't really add up.

MUCH MUCH harder than it looks, easily #1, you must get a jump, and then steering is super hard to control, but if you don't steer well you will run into the edge of the cliff and die.
You must open the pursuit at the right angle, time and place if you want to stay alive, then, you must control your para-suit so that you land in the right spot.
The landing is also very dangerous as well, you could get seriously injured.

How is basejumping not in the 3? Never less 5 or 10 haha. This is a sport where you can make no mistakes. Even if you pull your parachute does not mean it will open in time or if you will land in control. The slightest breeze can through you off and kill you

Base Jumping isn't a real sport, in Cheer, you don't have a parachute and you are doing complex flips in the air and you don't get caught, broken something for you - Swiftdawn

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16 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.

Ok for all you haters... Let me just tell you something. To be a soccer player you have to be in amazing physical shape. So listen up cheerleaders and football players, because you seem to be the biggest haters. In cheerleading you get 2 minutes and 30 seconds to go out and dance, jump around, and lift up a girl who weighs around 110 pounds with 3 others helping you. 2 minutes and 30 seconds? Are you kidding me? That's like literally 5% of a soccer game. Plus, you guys get almost 6 months to practice those same 2 minutes and 30 seconds. We get about an hour and a half to practice something that might happen in a game. Soccer is unpredictable. You never know when or what's gonna happen. And you have mats to protect you from "falling". We have dirt and rocks. Lastly, you guys complain about running two laps around a mat the size of a basketball court. We run around a field that's bigger than a football field for 90 minutes, and it's not a jog. Hell no, if you jog you're done. ...more

I as well play soccer and horseback ride, and I think that both sport require an incredible amount of focus and dedication. And even if you can be subbed out in soccer some players are in the whole time. Both sports are unpredictable from the horse to the players on the field.

Of course soccer isn't the most dangerous sport on earth (I'm probably the only person with the common sense here) but it is not just a sport that any one could play you know, you have to be super fit to become a professional. Physically and mentally, you have to be smart as well, one mistake can cost the team a lost, that's why soccer players play it safe, you know passing it around until they get to the opponents half then start attacking but there are a lot of players out there that likes to risk it, you know those tricky players that does amazing tricks. If you think it is so easy then go and play a competitive game of soccer, you won't even last a game, you'll probably get way too tired to play. As I said before soccer players are really fit and that's why a lot of soccer players are models, and their body fat percentage are real low (just saying). Another thing, you should know that normal soccer (like high school ones) are not like the professional ones, there aren't cameras ...more

Been playing for over 10 years and in that time I haven't broken a bone but that is only because I have unusually dense bones. I have seen so many broken legs, torn ligaments, broken shoulders, collar bones, twisted ankles are quite easy. In a Under 14 game I witnessed one of my team mates break a oppositions' leg and the bone was poking through the skin and sock. The blood made a puddle on the grass. A lot of damage to the knees particularly the cartilage and ligaments. I have seen the occasional arm break as well from a bad scuffle or a rough shoulder on shoulder contact. But just like any other sport the fights are quite common particularly in a rivalry game. I have also seen the results of a tackle called Studded Tackle. With both studded boots pointing sliding at the player, I have seen legs bend like jelly at those tackles. The victims of those almost never play a game again, and take months and even years to even walk properly. Those types of tackles are instant reds, but that ...more

I play soccer no not professional but high school and I love soccer and all of this is true but most opinions but still all true

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17 Skydiving

If the parachute doesn't open then you're pretty much dead

Skydiving needs someone with a strong heart and needs to practice well before diving skydiving is one of the most dangerous games that people above 18 must go and practice it as well as jumping from high places

Out of 3,000,000 made last year there were 31 fatalities. That is 1 per 100,000 jumps 60 percent of those were under a perfectly good canopy but made low dangerous turns or collided with another jumper. a couple were suspected suicide. So actually it is relatively safe. If your parachute malfunctions your second chute can deploy extremely fast. This is why we train.

1 in 100,000 people die...

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18 Free Climbing

Free climbing(rock climbing) can get some one extremely injured or even maybe killed! If you are on belay and something goes wrong and the person accidentally drops you... I went on a few other websites and they said rock climbing was either number 3-5... That doesn't even mention when some one's free solo climbing! That's when you climb with no rope what so ever!... I think this website is completely under estimating free climbing on so many levels

Easily the most dangerous sport on this list- free climbing should be at number one. Bouldering in the climbing gym has lead to finger injuries, neck injuries, back injuries, and (most of all) foot injuries. That, however, is probably the safest category in this extremely variable sport. Even in the gym, lead climbing has lead to permanent paralysis and broken bones in many places (i.e. the arm or leg). With the next clip right at your chest and the previous one six feet down, you are looking at a fall that could give easily give you whiplash. These circumstances, however, don't even come close to outdoor free climbing. On a multipitch route, you are relying on your skills and equipment to keep you alive. Bolts may not be drilled in correctly, carabiners may be poorly designed, rockfall and/or lose holds may be extremely common. All of these instances could lead to death. Not only is this sport one of the most physically demanding, it is also one of the most mentally challenging. You ...more

Rick climbing is easily one of the most dangerous sports out there. When your on belay, your relying on your equipment and abilities to stay alive, along with other people, especially your belayer, who literally has your life in their hands. If a piece of equipment breaks, or a rope snaps, your dead. Free soloing is even more dangerous, without any equipment to break your fall. Many companies such as Cliff don't even sponsor many free climbers any more, though many have amazing skills such as Alex Honnold. If you do a rate out of 1/3 between climbing and other sports measuring how dangerous they are, climbing will be sure to surpass the other sports by far. I love climbing and am extremely passionate about it, but it is extremely risky.

This list is not serious, how come free climbing, base jumping, parkour are not on the top of the list? Most sports mentioned on top are not even comparable to these. That's why they are called extreme sports. A single mistake mostly means death, especially if you do free solo climbing. Can't make up my mind between that and proximity wingsuit flying. Really scary!

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19 Mountaineering

Okay, first of all we have to set some boundaries here. What defines dangerous? And what defines sport? Do we conclude that it's the number of deaths tolled that defines it dangerous, or the number of injuries? It would be almost impossible to account the number of injuries in any sport, so lets go with fatalities. Now horseback riding is a hobby, where as horseback racing is a sport. Yet both have had numerous fatalities. Horseback racing has had 26 documented deaths that happened during a race. Boxing has had 57 documented deaths during or shortly after a bout do to the punishment received in the match. As someone pointed out below, there has been over 290 deaths while climbing Mount Everest. And that's just one of the nine 8,000 meter mountains that gets climbed on a regular basis. Now add in some of the smaller peaks that has taken lives and we're probably looking at over a thousand fatalities due to mountain climbing... and yet, if I had to choose a sport / hobby / living that I ...more

If we consider life or death issues, Mountaineering is up there. Close to 300 people have died attempting to climb the Everest alone. Well over a thousand deaths for 8-thousanders climbs, and plenty of deaths in smaller climbs as well.

As a percentage of people attempting the climb, fatality rates in mountaineering are far far higher than they are in any of the sports listed in the top ten.

And if we compare the seriousness of injuries, one should remember that a broken bone or a trauma of some kind occurring during a climb is made far far worse by the lack of access to medical services. If you break a body part while cheerleading, you get rescued within seconds and minutes later you are in the emergency room.

Cheerleading is tough, it's very challenging and fortunately, it's not even close to being one of the most dangerous sports.

With the risk of Altitude sickness, Avalanches, Frostbite and just falling off the mountain high altitude mountaineering is probably the most dangerous sport you can do. Above 7500m (24606 feet for you Yanks) if you don't drink at least 4 pints of liquid before you go to sleep you probably won't wake up.

Of those that have attempted K2 50% haven't made it back alive. One of my best friends died mountaineering in the alps a few years back and others have lost fingers, toes and tips of ears / noses to frostbite.

One thing that I have learned about mountain climbing is that there are many ways to die doing it.

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20 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.

Ok I will always think cheerleading is dangerous but so is surfing my dad was surfing yesterday and cut his foot open and had to have 8 stitches in his foot(it almost hit his artery and could have killed him) he had to have 12 staples in his head because one of the fins on the board got stuck in his head (long story) he also broke his neck (when he was 16) and many more injuries and seriously I can't believe golf is on the thingy and the comments are so stupid like the one that says your back could give out... That has NOTHING to do with golfing it could happen anytime and yea I mean you could get hit in the head with a golf ball but you would have to be pretty retarded to swing you club the wrong way and aim the ball at your head in cheer you have to throw a 100lb girl in the air and risk your life for her because if she falls from that height SHE could die my friend had to be rushed to the hospital because her stunt group dropped her and she had to have an emergency surgery on her ...more

Anything could happen to you when surfing, it could be a normal day and you go for a wave and fall and this time you hit your head on a rock or sandbar. It is unpredictable, just the slightest shift in the wind can decide whether you'll make out the way you went in. Your board could pop up and hit you, you can cut your face, foot, leg, etc. You can get held under water and drown. And then of course there is the fact that are sharks and other fish in the water that could mistake you for a meal. Surfing is so unpredictable which makes it such dangerous sport.

I've seen numerous amounts of surf injuries including seeing sharks, stingrays, jellyfish etc. Surfing can't be compared with all those you call dangerous sports. You can also get hit by the rocks or the reef and those are fatal or really painful injuries. Surfing those huge waves like mavericks is super dangerous because you got the reef the rocks the cold water the sharks and the wipeout so that's probably the most dangerous or one of the most dangerous sports in this list

I think the most dangerous part of surfing is hitting your head on the reef under the water. You can't tell where the reef is, so you just chance it. Then there's other stuff, like getting cut by the fins on your board. I saw this one dude ditch his board while getting passed the crash zone and his board smacked some girls face, and she started bleeding from her nose.

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21 Figure Skating

This is a dangerous sport, way more than most of the sports higher on the list. I'm a figure skater, and I work as an ice rink guard so I see LOTS of falls and injuries, people knocking each other down (unintentionally usually), people getting skate blades jabbed into them because they fall unexpectedly in front of other skaters, banged heads are highly common. Recently an instructor ended up having to have surgery for head trauma because some kid plowed into her causing her to hit her head. This is the only sport I know of in which a person can break bones from just standing still! I suffered simultaneous spiral fractures in my tibia and fibula requiring surgeries and a metal plate to hold my tibia together, and have permanent damage, when all I was doing was standing still talking to someone... My foot turned on the slippery ice and I fell on top of my leg. One time I leaned a little going into a spin and banged my cheek bone so hard that everyone in the rink heard it and thought I ...more

This should be far above hockey and football, I mean you have to be crazy to think that this sport isn't dangerous. The jumps, when performed correctly, look effortless and easy, but when you land them wrong or have an off day like in all sports it can be devastating. My friend broke her ankle and almost had to stop skating, because when she landed a double axel, her foot twisted to nearly a 90 degree angle which caused her to then sit down it. You are rotating so fast that if you make one mistake in the air or on a landing of jump, who could really cause some damage. When you go into spins sometimes your muscles give out because they are so tight from everything else that just the action of bringing you leg around from the side to the front pulls them. And the times that I have been cut with the blade by performing and practicing catch-foot spirals and spins are countless. I have also had cuts on my knee, shin and upper leg from the blade when I fall, or land weirdly. I have even cut ...more


I've been a figure skater since I was four and a cheerleader since I was six years old. I will compare and contrast them now.

Cheerleading we lift girls high in the air on a mat with NO PADDING. In figure skating pairs girls get lifted up by ONE single man on HARD ICE with NO PADDING.

In cheerleading flyers have to stand on a person's hand while twisting into hyper mobile body pretzel positions! In figure skating EVERYONE, not just the ting skinny girls, have to pull crazy hyper pretzel positions WHILE GLIDING FAST across ice. Mind you, if a cheerleader falls someone will (hopefully) catch them onto a soft may. In skating, nobody will catch you, you will almost certainly break a bone.

In cheerleading, you have to jump super high doing crazy flexibility motions while in sync with everyone else on the mat... With shoes. In figure skating, well, you don't have to be in sync MOST of the time, but you have to jump with NO springy floors to ...more

The author of Peter Pan, J.M. Barrie well his name is James Matthew Barrie when he was six years old his brother David died doing this sport before his 14th Birthday. The story Peter Pan is based on David. "The boy who never grew up".

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22 Cliff Diving

Cliff diving is quite dangerous if you know how to land but at the same time its quite fun;I've been cliff diving before and it was amazing. People should just be aware of their surroundings... Rocks, shallow waters you get the point

Diving in General is dangerous if you do it wrong you can get seriously hurt!

Hit not it from before

Łökmjîįŷrt. Poo. Poo. It a rock say bye bye.

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

Okay, skateboarding while it is a dangerous sport and people can be hurt from it. Most people who aren't skateboarders or interested in it are completely ignorant about it. Professions do what they think they can do. Yes look Nitro Circus they jumped off the Grand Canyon and "had enough time to use his parachute". Even if you DO fall off the stairs because you don't know what you are doing you won't die like some people have commented. A cut or two? Or maybe even a slight chance of a sprained list sure but dying? That is one of the stupidest things I've ever read, this isn't all that dangerous, the worst is breaking a bone, Football and a ton of other sports are a lot more dangerous than this.

Most dangerous in my opinion. Your on a peice of wood with sandpaper and wheels. Doing tricks off ledges sometimes higher then 15 feet. In dangerous places. Such as a 20 stair that leads to a street. And that's thought of a kinda dangerous situation in skating..

...No way. Skateboarding is ranked 23? Skateboarding is definitely more dangerous than cheerleading and soccer and many more in the top 15 list. There's no one to catch you when you slipped and fall off a 20 stair. Yea cheerleading and soccer and many other sports are dangerous, but skateboarding is no joke. You're riding on a wood with wheels. It's way way way harder than you think. Even a beginner can get fatal injuries by learning a grind or slide on ledge. I think parkour and skateboarding is alike, and they should be on the top 15 list.

How is cheer leading and gymnastics higher than this?

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24 Snowboarding

I snowboard, within the first month of ever riding I broke my wrist and my tailbone. How is this not a very dangerous sport? It should be in the top ten for sure. On my schools snowboarding team, out of 30 boarders, 15 had concussions in just a three month time period. 10 were hospitalized for serious injuries and 17 were injured but never went to the hospital. I had two friends who died from snowboarding. They were both only 16. How isn't this an extremely dangerous sport?

This should be ahead of cheerleading. Seriously. This should at least vein the top three. This is my opinion for the top 5: Dance, 4: figure skating, 3: skiing, 2: gymnastics, 1: snowboarding. Seriously, why is cheerleading ahead of snowboarding and gymnastics? In snowboarding, you catch a lot of air. And you are taking risks, and if one thing goes wrong, you could end up in a hospital. And if you are injured very badly, you could end up dying. I feel bad who lost friends and loved ones in snowboarding. Snowboarding should be WAY higher!

Played football and basketball, football is definitely more dangerous that cheerleading come on now. However while snowboarding I have had 10 times more injuries than when playing football.

Mark Mcmorris, Shaun White, need I say many pros who almost died or did. Big air, half pipe, doesn't matter. You screw up you're getting hurt and bad. Brain damage. Death. It's extremely dangerous.

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25 Free Diving

My dad is a free diver and he loves the sport. It takes a lot of training and patience my dad has taken courses in Florida and trains at least 4 times a week. The farthest he drove down was 190 feet a lot of people aren't aware of this sport. Not so long ago one of my dad's friends had a blackout when he was diving and died it is extremely important that you never go free diving alone always had a buddy with you

There are only about 5, 000 free divers around the world. It's a unique sport. An estimated 100 people die from free diving every year. This is compared to an estimated 20 deaths per year from horses, which is a far more popular sport.

With free diving, you are working against yourself.

Many dangerous element including limited air, extreme underwater depths, currents, poisonous snakes, sharks, getting stuck, blackouts, disorientation, if spear fishing then we encounter excited sharks, barracuda, other predators and entanglement. Did I mention all on one breath?

2% of all freedivers die, each year. Not great, and to make matters worse, the majority are in America and are male.

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26 Horse Racing

Guys, horse racing is within horseback riding. So you are still at the top either way. If you ride horses, then you do the most dangerous sport in the world. Same difference. - diehardbarrelbabe

At any moment while the horse is running the horse can trip and fall not just on you but it could cause out her horses to fall also

I would like to say it's not the same as horse riding. You are racing not jumping. This should be higher because you are working the horses WAY TOO HARD! They are running to fast and their leg could give out and the 1,200 pound horse could land on your head paralyzingly you, giving you a cuncusion or even killing you!

THIS one I agree with. This is actually dangerous. Horseback riding not at all. Please don't vote for it if you think this is part of it. It's not. It's completely different - TheInsomniac

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27 Dance

Dancing. Is a sport and can be very very dangerous if you do ACRO then you know what I mean acro dancers are more flexible then cheerleaders because do you see chearleaders DO chest stands on have their feet far over your head on the floor or a back bend but holding or to their ankles in a back role no also if you do POINTE you're standing on your tippy toes with out help and turning and all kinds of stuff even though it some times hurts really bad! And sometimes even wake up with blisters on your toes well it really hurts and it takes a lot of work! And you can break any thing also DANCERS st competitions do BACK TUCKS on HARD WOOD FLOOR even aerials on HARD WOOD FLOOR yeah and for all you cheerleaders it hurts a lot more falling on hard wood floor than mats...

I'm a cheerleading and I bet you I am more flexible than most dancers I can do a bridge and hold my ankles but when I do that I can put my head right through my legs it is hard to explain but flexibility has nothing to do with if you are in dance or cheer it is if you were born flexible or not

Dance is an extreme sport! My friend broke her leg during dance class and was forced to keep dancing. And for all you who say dance isn't a sport and that it is easy, you are so wrong! I'd like to see you try:
Back handsprings
Leg extensions
Back flips
10 fouttes in a row
Switch leaps

Dance is so dangerous. If you don't know how to use your body right or don't land a jump right, that can simply land you in the hospital. The second you do a hitch-kick and you land it wrong you can tear your ACL. If you don't bend your knees when you come out of a jump your ankles are history. If you don't warmup your back and try and do anything you can pinch a nerve or rupture a disc. People think dance is nothing, but one wrong move and you're out for 6 weeks. If you want to say that dance is nothing but prancing around the stage go ahead, AFTER YOU TAKE A BALLET CLASS. Try living any dancer's life injury wise and you'll be happy you're playing soccer or football.

No it is way harder than you think if you are on point you can brake your foot or if you are doing a kick over someone else’s head you can miss that just by a centimeter and hurt your partner badly or your kicks can jack your knee up bad so you people that say dance is not a sport you are wrong take one day and go try it then you will find out how it is so. You people that say it is not a sport shut up ( sorry but this right here is stupid and pethedic don’t talk to me if you disagree I have hurt myself so bad so much and I am only ELEVEN! I don’t like to be like this but come on )

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28 Luge

Wow, Luge is after walking? This is one of the most dangerous sports ever! If you flip over have fun scraping your face off, and god knows what else. You go incredibly fast and you have little hand holds to grab onto, if you slip there goes your fingers! If you do flip and go sailing through the air, no one knows if you'll land without busting your head wide open or worse death! How is walking more dangerous?!?!

People die like in 2010 Olympics

So many people die in luge

I do luge its not that dangerous the Death in whistler was plain stupidity by the sled driver he entered thunderbird (the 16th corner in whistler) I have crashed 10 times and worst thing I got was a concussion I train on both Germany and canadian tracks. BUT ITS ONLY DANGEROUS IF YOU ARE BEING STUPID AND NOT KNOWING WHAT YOUR DOING! But soccer on the list is stupid.

29 Taekwondo

I am a taekwondo junior black belt. I have hurt my leg quite a lot of times and had gone to see the doctor thrice. I have never regretted joining taekwondo because I like it even if it is a dangerous sport. You can easily sprain or twist your leg. Sometimes you can get hit at your head and thigh. I have injured by mouth. Sprained my hand once. It still continues to hurt at times even though I hurt it 5 months ago.

I did Tae Kwon Do for 8 years and I'm a blackbelt. I've seen so many injuries. My friend broke her arm when she landed wrong on a flying side kick, but she had to keep going. My mom owned the Tae Kwon Do place and she twisted her knee. She had to get surgery on it and to this day it hurts her. I've sprained my ankle, I almost got a concussion and much more. I'm also a cheerleader, and I think it's VERY dangerous. I think Cheer and Tae Kwon Do should be ranked pretty high

Taekwondo is dangerous. Especially if you are a demonstration performing because these days, they include acrobatics and jumps from 8 to 10 feet high. You can easily break a leg. I personally had several sprains from Taekwondo while practicing for nationals.

I'm only a blue belt and I've been hurt many times. A lot of btuises and 1 concusion. Paddingbdoesnt help a whole. I've seen way worse injuries for junior boy blackbelts also. One broke there nose another dislocated there shoulder.

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30 Speed Skiing

160 mph and no metal to protect you like in a car!

I've been a ski racer for more than 10 years - and I'm only 17! Over the years I've seen far to many devastating injuries as a result of high-speed skiing. Think about it: you're throwing yourself down icy slopes as fast as gravity will allow, and then putting tall plastic poles and a blizzard in the way.

In the olympics courses are watered down at night so basically your skiing on solid ice so if you make one wrong move you good spin out and get seriously injured and even die. Ski racing is definitely more dangerous than soccer or football.

Just found this website. How is dancing more dangerous than skiing LOL

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31 Water Polo

you haven't played such a demanding sport
until you have played water polo.
you sit and tread water for four eight minute quarters.
I'd like to see you guys try
to get half your body out of the water,
by just using you legs.
and... So much goes on under the water.
hitting, pinching, grabbing, kicking, twisting of the wrists and suit.
I mean it really sucks.
people don't think its that bad.
because I bet half of you don't even know what it is.
like if all you football players complain about how hard you work,
I wanna see you last one water polo game let alone a practice.

I am a lifeguard at a large pool that often hosts water polo games. Yes, I guard for water polo (and I also play). Never in any other sport have I had to see so many spinal injuries. The real problem with injuries such as these in polo as opposed to another sport is that A. ) If someone has a spinal injury they SINK FAST. They won't just die from a broken back, they will die from drowning, and if the person you're trying to rescue is large and heavy, (as a lot of polo players are), getting them off the bottom of a 9 foot pool is not fun.B. ) The material underneath them is NOT SOLID. In the time it takes us to get in the pool and get the victim into in-line stabilization, the injury could have worsened considerably if the water is choppy.C. ) Have any of you on this site EVER had to perform deep water back boarding? The few of you who have understand how difficult this can be and what a pain it is.

Aside from this, water polo involves shoulder dislocations, torn rotater cuffs, ...more - kwillmoney

Water polo is harder than football.
it involves constant swimming and treading
you have to propel half your body out of the water
and you get pummeled underneath the water, since the ref can't see and all low blows are legal

I am 13 teen and I play water polo and you have to tread water for sooo long it hurts to play set plus people have DIED in this sport

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32 Jousting

I've been doing historical sword fighting and jousting for about 4 years now, the tendons in my elbows no longer sit in the joints right, I've broken all but one of my fingers, and there is a saying, its not a matter of if you take a big injury, its when, where and if it will be the one to end your fight career.

Now, everybody jousts, right? And for those cheerleaders who have to catch someone after throwing them up in the air, a jouster would just throw himself right under her and let her smash him to the ground--just another day at the office!

I think because you may get sliced or injured falling off the horse

33 Cycling

I believe the stats indicate more people die in cycling related contests than any other sport in the world. However, if you compare the ratio of participants, something like bull fighting can be ranked higher, as there are far fewer events and bull fighters than cyclists. When will safety become important enough in pro cycling to made strides in improving this statistic? Auto racers in F1 can smash into a wall head-on at 150mph and walk away, yet a cyclist can go down at 33mph and die. 'enough said. It's time to make helmets capable of preventing a concussion the norm, as well as protective gear similar to that used in motocross. Sure, times will decrease, but everybody will be equal (and safer).

Cycling is great and really dangerous. Imagine riding near the front of a 180 man pack and suddenly the guy ahead of you falls or the guy next to you swerves into you you can die of falling alone forget 100 people smashing into the back of you

I think this is a very dangerous sport. some of the best racers are going 30-40mph. if they accidentally hit the back tire of another racer then they're going to go flying, hit the pavement, and get run over by all the people behind them causing an even bigger crash where everyone else get hurt. Sometimes people on the sidelines will grab players causing them to crash. Go on to YouTube and search tour de France crashes. You will a lot of people getting injured just because of the one or two people who started a crash.

I think mountain biking is extreme. Drop- Offs from 30ft cliffs jumps and down the rockiest steepest slopes at insane speeds. - big-dude

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34 Racing

Look, Auto racing isn't like a lot of other sports on the list. First of all, there's really no minor injuries. You might get a burn, or bash some knuckles turning a wrench, but once you're actually in the driver's seat, you're relatively safe.

Unless you happen to have an accident, in which case not only you, but the other racers, and even the people who just came here to watch have a good chance of dying. In the US alone, at least 20

How many people here have been in an automobile accident? I have. Front on small overlap collision with a car 600lbs heavier, no airbag, and a combined closing speed of 70mph. I walked away rather unscathed with just messed up back and neck muscles. That's just sedately driving around on the streets.

Now imagine Racing.

What most people can't understand about racing is that while it is a sport, the physical aspect is equally as important as mental. You need superb visual acuity, spatial awareness, mental endurance, body ...more

I know lots of people consider motorsports not a real sport, because you are just turning a wheel or ride a bike. The physical aspect is more hidden than in other sports but it's definitely there. These guys have to be super fit in order to endure a race. For example a Formula 1 race takes up to two hours, two hours where you have to perform at the absolute limit. I mean they have to hold their bodies up to 6g. Normal people wouldn't last two laps around a circuit. And the mental part? Would you head straight for a wall with over 300 kph? Most people are afraid to go over 200. But that's car racing, motorbike racing is at least in my opinion even more dangerous. They have a little bit of protection against the tarmac but have you ever seen a high side? They are flying through the air with over 100 kph and land on solid ground. The sole reason the injury rates aren't that high are the limited spots in a race. In the average season about 24 riders take part, and at least 2 or so will ...more

Of course it's a sport; it's in the sports pages, not real estate pages. The brainless "not a sport" claim is actually to purport that it's not an athletic endeavor. And it is a brainless claim, to say that maintaining forceful yet precise and lightning-fast control of the car for over an hour when g-forces are peeling the muscles off your bones at all times and the engine is roasting you, doesn't take superb fitness. Anyway, the American College of Sports Medicine studied this argument and put it to bed, saying that top race drivers are in fact "elite athletes."

See, some auto racing has dramatically improved safety. LOOK UP NASCAR SCARIEST WRECKS. This will change your mind.

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35 Skiing

Many people do not see the physical aspect of skiing. This isn't some sport any person can do. You can pick up a football and learn how to throw it. You can learn how to kick a ball. Your playing against some other person head on with the whole truth if you are better or not. Skiing takes years of practice, hundreds of grueling hours of the same thing over and over again to become the best at sport you used to love, but has now become a full time Job. You can say that some people just have talent or have always been able to do something, but in truth-- They've worked harder than everyone around them. You don't see Cheerleading up there in the Olympics, or the X games. Skiing is like gymnastics. Its a sport that you need start young, and never stop. The sport has so many different disciplines that your can't narrow down the things some of them do. Alpine racers do five events that test there skills of technique and guts. Slalom skiing is super technical where the slightest mistake can ...more

Okay, don't try to tell me "oh I ski, or I snowboard" no, you've done it before. Your not a true skier/ snowboarding and you will NOT understand the dangers of it if your doing it solely on a social level. Its a lifestyle, and a dangerous one. How many other sports have first aid emergency stations at their field, court, or wherever you compete. I understand that cheerleading is hard, but guess what... The hard part about it is the flips. The GYMNASTICS part of it. So I'm really sick of hearing it from cheerleaders. Guess what, we do flips... Of jumps. With our feet stuck in boots and bindings attached to our board or skis. Which we have to land in piles of snow and sometimes ice. More injuries are acquired from these sports than any other. All you have is you, and no one to help you. You buy a board or skis, right on the box or anything for the bindings or whatever. "skiing/ snowboarding is a dangerous sport that can result in serious injury and even death" were ...more

Skiing, it is the best sport in the universe. Trust me, I would know. I've been skiing since I was 1 years old and race and do freestyle competions competetively since I was 6, ( like you see in the Olympics. ) over the years nothing has brought me closer to the outdoors, other people, and other things. I met my best friend skiing and I've been meeting so many other amazing people. Also, skiing is the only sport that you can do in over 20 ways! To prove it here are some examples (slalom, giant slalom, downhill, super g, cross country, moguls, half pipe, slopestyle, backcountry, aerials, big air, ski cross, water skiing, carpet skiing, parachute skiing, super combined, powder skiing, urban skiing, free skiing, and grass skiing. ) and those are just some to get you started. Even if your not a competitive skier like I am, it is also super fun to go on a nice trip with your family, even if it is for a weekend. And you don't have to be good at it to like it. Skiing has changed me, and I ...more

Cher lost her husband. People have died.

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36 Aussie Rules Football

The national sport of Aus has to be one of the hardest, roughest sports around- you have 36 muscle bound men tackling you from every angle, driving you into the ground, at break neck speeds (a guy became a quadriplegic about a month agi). They constantly throw themselves in front of a swinging foot, put their head over the ball knowing that at any second they could get knocked out, ride on top of a pack of people over 2 metres in the air only to have gravity pull them back down with a thud and a concussion. They do all this and more with absolutely no padding, outdoors, no matter the weather conditions. These are men who are not willing to lose their integrity by diving for a free. I appreciate that many of the above sports are dangerous- but soccer?! It is only there because of its popularity- it requires skill, no doubt, but it isn't nearly as dangerous as half the sports below it!
Try a game of AFL- and you will understand the dangers and risks been taken!

No Protective gear at all just big guys tackling each other - louiethefly

This game requires you to be able to take knocks or you will end up on the sideline for half the season. I have played soccer, rugby, cricket and hockey and AFL is by far the most dangerous sport I have experienced. The reason being is that you can be tackled from any direction with no padding on. Last time I played I had about 8 bruises turn up all over my body. Needless to say I only play soccer these days which is still dangerous but not even close to AFL.

Who thinks soccer is more dangerous than this game.

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37 FreeStyle BMX

Ok I can understand skateboarding and motocross being more dangerous but fishing? You gotta be kidding me.. BMX requires a lot of skill and is very risk taking. I've landed head first PLENTY of times off the quarter and ended up with a concussion. The worst EVER was when I ended up in a 3 week coma. Go on YouTube and look at what professionals do and you tell me that's not as dangerous as fishing - Sportkid123

Go on youtube and type in bmx fails and you can easily see this is top 3 easy! The bonehead stunts are mind-boggling and dangerous to bystanders as well. Like skate-boarding, not a lot of fore-thought goes into the stunts attempted. They risk major injuries to themselves and others for what? Nothing more than bragging rights and a chance to post the videos on youtube. There's tons of sports out there that don't put you in the ER 9 times out of 10 but I guess that makes too much sense. Just saying'.

I ride Bmx been in an air ambulance smashing my back and I had amnesia in the space of two months biking is hard work and dedication stay strong andy murray

I feel that skate boarding and bmxs should be equal, be do the exact same things that skaters do, probably a lot faster. Think about it, we're just on two platforms bailing makes it harder when you're blasing a quarter or doing stairs and such

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38 Mountain Biking

Mountain biking should be way higher on this list. Loads of people have ben killed or seriously injured coming off a jump. I myself did a small jump and the wheel twisted on landing and I came off the bike and landed on it. My back hurts for weeks!

Have you not seen Redbull Rampage? What is more dangerous than this.

Not just specifically mountain biking but DOWNHILL/FREERIDE. The most intense sport I do and definitely the most exhilarating. Snowboarding does not produce the same amount of adrenaline (yes not just groomers but the terrain park) one slip up and very easy to get injured. Even more dangerous than motor cross in my opinion. DH is a growing sport and you will definitely hear about it in the future.

Waterpollo is higher on the list you got to be kiding

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39 Polo

I've been watching polo for about 8 years and can't tell you how many times I've seen players get hurt - yeah broken bones like football but try having an opponent at 1,000 pounds landing on you! Not the same equipment as football/hockey (helmet and knee pads only) and having horses tripping and then rolling over onto players is not unusual. I've also heard too many actually getting killed while playing (one horse spooked and quickly jerked it's head back hitting the players head killing him instantly).

Polo should defiantly be higher on the list.

Should be way up the top dangerous as hell

Yeah pretty bad cause it's polo

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40 Supercross

Supercross is race you idiots freestyle motocross is when you do tricks any. Don't call it something you don't even know

This is bull, super cross is definitely a lot more dangerous than pointe dancing at least!

This should be way higher on the list

I love this

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41 Longboarding

How is this not in the top ten, it is brutal if you fail at 40 mph, let alone with cars coming the other way, I nearly died falling off without a helmet narrowly missing a lamp post with my head, and I know I'm an idiot for not wearing any gear

So I was riding down this big hill things were going fine until I got to the side walk until my board started to wobble and I fell broke my arm and some of rib cage and that was a year ago so its dangerous

Riding down mountains on a plank of wood with cars coming the other way, perfectly safe until you fall off. Which is common.

My brothers friend was out longboarding with some other friends. He was going just perfect but then he did something that made him fall of,scrape his leg really bad,scrape his hand, and got a twisted or broken ankle.this has got to be worse than cheerleating!

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42 Pole Vault

That's stupid pole vault should be way higher then this. There was a kid that killed himself pole vaulting a few years back. He wrote a note and everything talking about how he was gonna do it, come on if you can plan killing yourself in a sport, it has to be dangerous. Not to mention the highest death ratio out of all spots. Going 15+ feet in the air upside down hoping your pole doesn't break, whip back and smack with 160 pounds of recoil force (depending on what weight you jump on). Oh and let's hope all that goes well and you lad on the mat and not the concrete from that high up. One thing goes wrong and you can get seriously messed up or die. Basketball should be on the top softie sports list then you might get a place for all those sissy faked injuries from prancing up and down the court. Please basketball shouldn't even be on this list. Pole vault is one of the most dangerous sports ever.

I'm a Pole Vaulter at my local high school, and I believe that Pole Vaulting is dangerous. You're trusting a 12 foot to 14 foot pole to not break, to get you on the mat safely, and even then you can still get injured. One time I broke a pole while doing a pole drill, landed straight on my head. Luckily didn't get a concussion, but still, Pole Vaulting should be at the top ten, not because of it's deaths but the sport and how likely you are to get hurt.

I do realize that cheerleading is a dangerous sport but... Broken bones and black eyes? Let's be honest... With this sport we're dealing with death and other catastrophic injuries. There's a reason why some of the most dangerous sports are low on the list... There's not enough people who do these sports because, well, risking your life every practice just doesn't suit everyone

When you are 15 feet in the air upside down and fall on you head you will probably die

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43 Bull Running

That awkward moment when Cross Country and Kayaking are higher ranked than this

Is bull running a sport?

Rosa parks should ate care that

Because it is

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44 Kayaking

This is by far one of the most dangerous sports. The amount of times I've gotten pinned under water under trees with the full force of the river pushing down on my boat. And people do crazy waterfalls and drops that take 1 stroke out of line and you wil die. If you come out of your boat in a rapid you often have to go down the rocky rapid with no protective gear. I've broken bones and boats. Even sea kayaking can be dangerous. I've been turned over in a reef when a wave crashed on me and got pushed underwater with my head scraping the reef for 20 seconds. Kayaking should be way, way up this ridiculous list.

Seriously, there is no whitewater sport on here? Paddling death defying and dangerous class 5 rapids completely outweighs the danger of catching balls with sticks or tossing idiotic girls in the air

I would rank this as number 1 without a doubt, defying mother earth in one of the heaviest and most uncontrolable enviroments and forces, there is one simple fact here, you miss your line and it can get severe consequenses, if you don't have the correct angle after a drop you can get stuck under massive amounts of water. I have myself had a couple of close calls incidents and one way to close call with a friend getting pinned in a hole for a minute, she gave up trying to fight and thought her life was over but then as soon as she stopped fighting she got flushed out. This is a reality for us people who do whitewater kayaking, and we know very well that the risk of not coming back is great, no sane person decides to sit in a boat that's the same sice as your person and rush down a waterfall. The only reason the ranking is so low is because of there aren't that many people who actually are stupid enough to be engaged in this sport or even know what it is.

If you're off your line by an inch, you could die. One bad thing leads to another and there you are with a broken back, shoulder dislocation, collapsed lung, etc in the middle of nowhere. Depending on the situation you could be there for a day before your crew calls over a rescue helicopter.

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45 Karate

I agree, Karate is by far the best and most well-rounded striking art. It teaches how to punch, how to perform open hand strikes, how to kick, how to use your elbows and knees, and finally, in some cases, it also teaches you some throwing and joint lock techniques. Karate is the perfect basis for anyone out there who wants to start a martial art, and while not nearly as complex as Jujitsu (Japanese), it's much more physically demanding. I would suggest anyone to start Karate as soon as possible since the younger you are, the stronger your body will be, Jujitsu can be taught a lot easier to anyone within any age group but is much more technical; Therefore I would advice anyone who seeks to become a well-rounded martial artist, to start with something simpler yet more intense like Karate etc. , before continuing with something more complicated yet more subtle such as Jujitsu.

Karate can be really dangerous its pretty much street fighting but sometimes you now what your opponent's going to do. My teacher once went in with a light punch-slap thing and completely dislocated his pinkie. I mean it was just dangling there bone was pretty much detached.

I'm pretty sure that karate is more dangerous than four square.

You get kick in the face break your bones and it's weird

46 Weight Lifting

Weight lifting is not dangerous at all unless you're not doing the right thing or if your dropping your bar.

It's really only dangerous if you drop it on your foot! OUCH!

Once dropped 265 one dogs tail

So much room for error, dangerous stuff. Torn my rear del just doing dips before.

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47 Free Running

Free running should be higher because on slip and you can get a concussion or worse

I have got a free runner in the maze before the scorch trials is a shat movie

Yep look at steven tyler what is that a soccer mom looking goonie monster

You can fall or slip and go head first into a wall

48 Downhill Biking

Completely agree with this, many people break their backs and necks when they fall off. Not only that but there has been times when a rider who has fell off has continued to roll done the face of a mountain. This sport should be so much higher in the list!

I broke my neck downhilling this should be top 5 at least there are so many people that do what I did and don't come back from wheelchairs, comas, and even death. This sport should at least have more respect.

Easily one of the most dangerous sports due to when you fall there is no soft snow, no cushion, no net if you're on bridges. Most likely you will be injured twice in a 1 month span.

What is it doing down here. It should be in at least the top 10. - big-dude

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49 Dodgeball

When we played me and one other girl got hit in the face my glasses fell off and left red side of my luckily they did break in that same game a boy in my clAss do w for the ball and sprained his right wrist which he is right handed but we is lucky he left handed also now I know why my old coach rarely let us do it

Even more dangerous if you're having wrenches thrown at your face/groin/pretty much any part of the body! :P - petrucci75hammet

I'm super good at doge ball and the only person hurt I've seen was he jumped and and landed on a ball. He was fine in an hour

I hate Dodgeball

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50 Field Hockey

I don't understand how hockey is 59th! It should be in the top 10 if not top 5! There are so many sports that I've never even heard of that are supposedly 'more dangerous'. I've seen my fair share of injuries in my life but nothing compares to some of the injuries I've witnessed for field hockey! I once got hit in the foot while walking past a boys team that was training - the guy mistrapped, ball hit my foot and I was on crutches for a month because I couldn't put pressure on my foot because it ha bruised my bone... Another time during my game a girl from my team got hit in the forehead with the ball and the blood was everywhere! It was running down her face and all over her stick... Before training one day my team mates brother was playing a game and the ball hit his thumb and he needed to go to hospital for 3 days to have surgery and graft some bone from his shin onto his thumb... My coach was telling me about a girl in her team that was defending a goal and got hit in the face ...more

I play hockey at district level. It is brutal if you don't protect your feet it is ok to smash the opposition in the feet which leads to broken toes. imagine having a solid ball collide into your head or body when it is going at over 110km/h that is normal in hockey. You need lightning fast reactions otherwise you will be unconscious in under 5 minutes in a hockey match. Our coach tells us in hockey not care who's in our way when scoring just smash it. The top hockey players don't care if you get hurt in their minds you just got in the way of the ball. if you still don't believe me look at penalty corners in YouTube. I am first runner in defensive penalty corners which means I am the idiot who when the injector (person hitting the ball to the person ready to smash the ball at the top of the circle) I run out of the goal at the person hitting it at the top of the circle. I know I am not going to get there before the ball. Therefore I have to put my stick down and hope my hockey stick ...more

Cooommmeee onnn people, at the very least we should be ranked above free running and weight lifting! Like what? Those that say this isn't a contact sport are sorely mistaken, it's not uncommon for people to ram right into you to get a ball, or trip you with their stick. Refs don't call too many stuff, as long as you aren't laying on the ground and can't move, the game goes on. We aren't wimps like some soccer players, we get injured, we keep playing. A good drive can go a 100 mph and even a not very good one go really fast too, it's called a power shot for a reason. You ger one of those and you land in the ER. For example this past season half my team was out for injuries. One girl got hit in the jaw, another broke her toe, another had her knee tendons or something get messed up, another's hand was broken, and another girl got a concussion from defending. Most of these injuries weren't even called, you either keep playing or walk off. I feel like the only time when you can beat the ...more

I have gotten hit multiple times playing for a club team and I have had to go to the hospital multiple times.

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