I love and respect all sports. but hockey, deserves to be bellow the top 5. I'm 14, and I've been playing hockey since I was 4. That's 10 years, you are skating at high speeds, and relying on yourself and others to not collide with another speeding player, the boards or even the hockey net. Of course we have protection, but most of it, is thin. And un reliable. Especially if a puck is being shot at most commonly maybe around 90km (correct me if I'm wrong) or dangerous plastic and wooden sticks being swung around non stop?

I'm a girl and I played on a girls team for 8 years, and you may thing "Oh! They're girls. They don't hit"... I've gotten pushed, Tripped, Cross Check and so forth into the boards by girls 2x my size. But we don't stop. Most often, if we can still move our legs and we don't have a brain injury. We get up and get to the bench ourselves.

Now I'm on a boys team, and it's even more brutal. I've gotten tripped and went head first into the net, body ...more

People weighing 250 lbs, skating at over 30 mph while running into each other, with a 6 oz. Frozen object being fired around the ice at speeds of up to 110 mph. What else is there to say.

You have 12 large, angry Canadian, Swedish or Russian men (or women, but let's say men because those leagues tend to have more contact) going at ludicrous speeds in a confined space by carving through ice on SHARPENED PIECES OF METAL attempting to bat around a HARD, RUBBER DISK at speeds of above 100 mph with their LARGE WOODEN STICKS. Oh, did I mention you're allowed to fight and it's full contact?

Take a look at the NHL, how many of them have all of their teeth? Concussions are insanely frequent. Broken spines are common, as you often find yourself being hit into the boards head first.

Now, I wouldn't say it's more dangerous than bullriding or Motocross... But I also wouldn't call those "sports". At least not conventional sports.

I played hockey at a low division youth level, and I still broke my arm twice through getting hit into the boards awkwardly. I've seen many people carried out in stretchers and taken to the hospital, and I've seen guys slur ...more

What? Hockey number 8!?! First off the occasional concussion doesn't make a sport dangerous. I've had a friend have his wrist broken by a foam ball just because it hit his arm at a very vulnerable position. Anything can happen. In hockey, you are constantly being railed into the boards or slashed at. Just because we use probably the most padding than any other sport doesn't mean we're relatively close to safe. The opposite applies to soccer and other sports: Just because you don't have much padding, doesn't mean it's more dangerous. Injuries occur constantly in hockey. Players have had bruises, broken bones, severe concussions, throats being slit by blades, and even the tips of hockey sticks stabbing players. What's more is that we're allowed to brawl with each other. HOW IS THAT NOT DANGEROUS!? People say that they can die playing whatever sport. People have died playing hockey, it's not just an extreme possibility. I mean come on, we're on ice. Fall the wrong way and you're going ...more

I just started playing mens league and this sport is insane. First you skate at 20mph into the boards (hoping to stop) then a giant mass of flesh and plastic comes crashing into you. It feels like getting hit by a car. Then you have to dig out the puck, while this is happening people are hacking and slashing away at you with sticks and sharpened skate blades. Then you pass the puck up, if it gets stolen then you have to jump into the path of a 70 mph slap shot. I mean come on it is like a midevil battle out there. Hard projectiles flying at you and 5 big goons chasing you with big axe shaped sticks trying to send you crashing down onto the hardest playing surface in sports. I've already seen a guy almost break his ankle from intentionally blocking a slap shot. The craziest part is that this is just a mens league! I mean we don't get paid to do this. We pay to play this sport and it's not cheap! ($1000 for equipment $500 for the season to play) We sacrifice ourselves for people we ...more

I like how you flex how much money you spend on the sport when In riding all 1,500 dollars will get you is a saddle pad. - SassyEquine

Hockey is so dangerous! If you don't believe me what about this... A guys SLIT HIS THROAT playing hockey! Also people brake notices get cuts EVERYWHERE and yet are back in playing before the the next quarter! You think soccer is more dangerous um... Hate to break it to ya well, actually I don't YOU ARE COMPLETELY WRONG! Hockey is so much more dangerous then the girly sport soccer! I've tried soccer and pretty much it's easy everyone I know can run and kick a ball but try skating and hitting a puck with the chance of getting checked into the glass yeah no so pretty. You people just get so pity. Soccer keepers hide from the ball trying not to get hit while on the other hand hockey players don't care if they break something they will take the hit. Then be playing again. So don't say that soccer is more "dangerous" because news flash it's definitely NOT!

Hockey should definitely be in the top 5! I've been playing adult league non checking hockey for 5 years and have had 3 concussions, 3 broken ribs, dislocated shoulder, and pulled quad, not to mention all the sprains and bruises from every game. I got slew footed tonight and landed flat on my back and could barely get my skates off after the game! One guy on my team caught a slap shot to the skate and ended up with 2 broken bones and surgery. Another caught a puck to the face and had 46 stitches inside and out of his mouth and was lucky got to keep his teeth. Another had his leg cut open by a skate and almost bled out before he could get to a hospital. Not to mention all the broken legs, collarbones, shoulders, and arms. I don't know how hockey is rated below cheer leading!

Hockey is definitely way more dangerous than cheerleading. All your flyers are light so it's easy. I can yell too. Let me see all of you cheerleaders try to skate on a nit even 1 inch blade on a sheet of ice. Yah you may say it's easy but step on the ice and play an actual game. On the ice, rotating shifts for an hour. Bet you couldn't do it. You're at risk for a blade to the neck to slit you're neck and after that. You're done. I play ice hockey and I'm a goalie. I mean let's see so, done else go stand in a little net and get shots at their body. All over. When someone is coming full throttle at you, you never know what could go wrong. Yeah we workout and train hard too. Cheerleading, isn't nearly as dangerous and tough as ice hockey.

I've been playing hockey for a very long time. Since I started walking, which was almost 11 years ago. Ice hockey should most definitely be ahead of cheerleading. The only way cheerleading could be fatal is if you're bad at it. Hockey is fatal no matter if you're good or bad. A couple of months ago, I was watching a hockey game and a guy got hit in the face with a stick. He was bleeding and he couldn't stand up. You rarely see that happening in cheerleading. Cheerleading is in no way more dangerous than ice hockey.
To the guy who said he broke the glass when he slammed someone into the boards:
That's impossible. The glass is plexiglass. Pucks hit it all the time and it doesn't break. There's no way that actually happened.

Uhm... It's hockey... Baseball.

I've been playing hockey 3 years (now midget) each year was to hospital at least once, broken bone, fracture, sprains, I'm lucky! Could have had some bad concussions, throat slit by a blade, it's rough and some people go out to hurt people, on ice, it's hard look what happens 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

Ahem to those haters out there, hockey should be at least higher than cheerleading because we wear BLADES on our feet! For christ's sake! I don't see any cheerleaders taking one to the face! It's literally like World War III out there! At any given moment, you could get body slammed by a 250 7 foot tall guy, or take a 120 mph slapshot to the face! And did I mention that the pro's don't wear cages? Soccer is one of the leading sports for injuries because every kid in the world plays it! Hockey players get so many more injuries, and they are more gruesome, too! And the best part is, WE DON'T GIVE UP. There are so many different stories, it is impossible to name them all! What about the guy who broke his leg and finished his shift on the ice? Or the guy who DIED, got REVIVED and asked to be put BACK IN THE GAME. Again, hockey is not a sport for your Whining cheerleaders.

I'm a junior girl who has played for 4 years (FIELD hockey). In that time I've seen broken noses, hands, feet, fingers, a broken collarbone, damaged neck vertebrae, torn knee ligaments, numerous concussions (including once on a 12 year old girl), a dented skull, instant blood blisters, a ball to the mouth (would have lost teeth if not for a mouth guard), not to mention the bruises and grazes that you come away with after every practice. It's just the way things are with hockey - hard sticks, hard ball, hard hits.

"Hey Johnny, you see that guy who's winding up to slap that solid piece of rubber 100 miles per hour at our net? Dive in front of him and let the puck hit you instead! "
Yeah, hockey players need to be tough as nails. I understand that there are injury risks to any sport, but I'm not buying cheerleading being this high on the list. Sure, you can fall, but that's why you practice. People seem to be substituting "strenuous" for "dangerous" here, which is dumb. All these sports are hard, and technically difficult, and strenuous, but that doesn't make them all equally dangerous. Foodball, hockey, and soccer are my top three because of the constant risk to the body. Horseback riding is definitely up there with bull riding as well. High speed and collisions/falls do not mix well. With hockey, you also have to add the sticks into the equation, along with the fact that it's a full contact sport on ice, which has no give at all? This is my top sport here.

In hockey, you get thrown pucks at. Especially if you're a goalie. How would you like it if you were standing in the goal and getting pucks thrown at you 100mph? Not funny. Clinton what-his-last-time got his throat SLIT by a hockey stick. There was blood everywhere on the ice. It's basically angry madmen wearing butcher knives. Someone can run over you with those sharp blade skates. There is no specific goal in hockey-the only goal is to win. And ice hockey when playing on ice it gets extremely dangerous.

Hockey is a sport that is brutal for injuries not only do you get slammed face first in to walls but contact and players are coming at you with a purpose, in any other sport like cheerleading you are working as a team and in hockey there are guy coming at you full speed with a body check, I am only in the young leagues and already I have seen body checks that have lead to my friend almost being mentally scarred. Not to remind you PEEWEE you are not allowed to hit and you are already getting hit. Soccer you are unlucky to fall down once, in hockey you can't go a game without falling down hard.

I like watching hockey and want to play it. But hockey is also really dangerous. Hockey can lead to concussions, broken bones, teeth falling out, getting cut and more. Sidney Crosby got a 6/10 concussion. He's going to start playing soon but if he gets another one he has to quit. My moms boyfriend lost all his front teeth because of hockey. I'm telling you be careful when ya play hockey or don't play it at all if you feel uncomfortable.

Ok I can understand gymnastics but cheerleading is not a sport. And soccer? I ended up breaking my wrist twice, sprained both my ankles, AND almost dislocated my shoulder! I never see soccer players making contact into other players. Oh and did I mention that I've gotten slammed into the wall FACE FIRST plenty of times? Ended up in a 1 week coma from the impact. AND I lost a tooth. And let me tell you, getting slammed into the wall and landing head first on ICE is not fun! - Sportkid123

Your on a one and half inch of steel and you have 200 pound men charging at you to put you on your ass. Not to mention all the other dangers: blade cutting your neck open, concussion, you also have a stick that can kill someone if used in the right way. I don't know about you but in soccer you get a red card for tripping someone while in hockey its ok to lift a guy off his skates by hitting him and letting him lay on the ice grasping for air but can't be helped until his team gets a hard rubber puck that can break bones.

I'm surprised this is not number one. I have played hockey my whole life and I am currently a freshman in college. I already have 7 concussions, two broken ribs, my bone popped out of my arm and a broken ankle. Hockey players are tough. I played through the game with two of my concussions (stupid decision I know) and played through a my broken ribs and ankle. Most other sports like football or basketball they get carried out or sit the rest of the season. But not hockey players they finish their shift or get up and get to the bench on their own.

Sticks as weapons, sharp blades, every surface is hard (ice, boards, glass, posts, etc), opponents trying to crush you as part of the rules and not just by accident. Hard pucks being shot 80 MPH, blocking shots with your body, fights, elbows to the head. Collisions at 25 mph while standing on 1/4" blades barely balanced. Big, fast, angry players all confined to a small area battling with each other. What more could you ask for?

Soccer?! Look I play soccer and I think its a great sport but to say it's dangerous? Yes obviously every sport has its risks but hockey is by far the most dangerous, you're playing on skates, people purposely trying to hit you, on ice (which increases the speed substantially, also you always have those people who actually want to hurt you, and lastly the risk of getting your throat cut by a skate

My brother plays hockey in a junior league and he's already broken hours collar bone. He's sixteen. Several of his team mates have also broken a bone at least once. You may have a helmet when you play, but try slamming into to ice or the glass. The helmet only protects you from so much. Not to mention the number of times players have bled to death from being cut in the neck from skates. Um yeah I'd have to say it at least be at number three or four.

Me and my dad both play hockey and we are both goalies one time my dad made a glove save and reached out as far as he could to get it he the pick he made the save and snapped his tenant but he didn't go out cryin like a baby he played the rest of the game and he made the save in the 2nd period and this list is trying to tell me that hockey is not harder than cheerleading in hockey you get hard pucks propelled through they air at 70mph at your head if you are a goalie

In football can you get a solid ball to fracture your jaw with one hit? Can you get a solid stick to hit any part o your body and break a bone easily? In hockey we use substitutes because we get injured, not out of breath. If you come away from a hockey match without a deep bruise then you weren't playing at all. In football all the players fake it so they can get a penalty. In hockey you pretend your not hurt and are desperate to keep going, however badly injured you are. If someone said hockey was not dangerous and football was, then I would happily hit them with my hockey stick in the face and repeat the question. Enough said.

I've been playing hockey for the past couple of years and I will tell you it is one of the toughest sports. I mean even if there is padding it doesn't help much. Today I got hit in the ankle with a puck and it hurt and my coach made me go back out. It's even worse for me because I'm a girl and I will tell you getting hit by a puck in the boob hurts so bad. One of the kids in my league got cut in the throat. This is one of the though eat sports it should be at least in the top 5.