Most Dangerous Sports

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61 Archery Archery Archery is the sport, practice or skill of using a bow to propel arrows. The word comes from the Latin arcus.

Archery is extremely safe. Unknowing biases make this sport appear far more dangerous than it is. Other than minor shoulder injuries from increasing draw weight too quickly, I have yet to meet anyone who injured themselves in the three years I've been shooting and I've been to dozens of tournaments and hundreds of practice sessions. In fact, I've seen more cheerleading, American football, soccer, and gymnastics injuries in one day of observation than I've seen in all of those years of archery combined. Follow the directions and rules and nothing bad ever happens, even accidentally.

Archery is a real dangerous sport and should be number 20... You mess up your positioning of arrow and bam the arrow flies somewhere else and you kill some one... Even with field tips

Archery deserves a better place it's very dangerous

Someone could walk bye when shooting and shoot to high

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62 Street Cricket

Been there and played as a child. Its fun playing as a kid but not so much when you are adult. I've seen people getting hit by the ball, people running the get the ball in the busy road. Very dangerous. People are very close to being run over by vehicles.

For Cricket in general -

When you're a batsman, being bowled at 100mph is not comfortable even when you are wearing helmets and pads. Forget full toss, full length or half volley. You can deal with them. Bouncers on the other hand are very difficult to deal with. Have seen many people get in the head and get cuts and knocked out (Yes. Even with the helmet on).

And don't forget the bowler and fielders I.E. short leg, mid on, mid off ( fielders around/near the batsman). They particularly need to have a quick reaction. Late reaction could be fatal.

Really, cricket should be higher up. Some Australian cricketer was killed by a fast ball not long ago.

There s always a 10 percent risk of being run down by a passing vehicle while chasing the ball

Honestly, Cricket in general is one of the most dangerous sports.
There is stuff like padding, but the ball travels average 149 kilometers an hour, and you are left standing there. Plus when you field, the ball is high in the air, what if it hits your face!

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63 Roller Derby

In Roller Derby people have died, it is very easy to get hit as it is practicaly an every man for themselves kind of game. Sure your own team won't purposely try to hit you, but you could just as easily get in their way when you are trying to pass. People have had serious injuries like broken bones, and even death have resulted from this sport. Heck, you even have to be of legal age to play the sport and sign medical wavers to say, "oh hey yeah I don't mind if I get hit around to the point where I'm broken and bleeding in the hospital with a severe concussion"

The very first day of roller derby you are taught to fall. But that doesn't mean we don't get hurt. At least one person on my team is always out on injury. And I am on a junior team (12-17). We get smashed into poles, hit in the face, scratched etc. I have seen girls get concussions, hurt their shoulders, get their fingers run over, hurt their tailbones. I always have bruises from derby. It's a lot of fun but its definitely not an easy sport.

In one season, my team has had three broken legs, 3 concussions, one broken collarbone, a broken nose, a broken eye socket, and numerous sprains. Roller derby is football, hockey and speed skating combined... But with way less padding! Think about how many people hurt themselves with plain ol' roller skating, and then add the effects of trying to bust through packs of skaters, and knocking other skaters around. It's brutal.

I play roller derby and it should be number 11

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64 Rugby Union

Rugby Union has actually been scientifically proven to be the world most dangerous sport.

Rugby Scrums have also been scientifically proven to be the most dangerous event in sporting history because of the collapses. Just Imagine getting your neck slammed into the ground without being able to use your hands to stop yourself falling, then 20 massive muscular men collapsing on top of you = 3000 pounds of force (1 ton) on your neck. Result = SNAP!

I am surprised that Rugby isn't number 1 or at least above American Football. For God Sake people they wear no padding.

Not to mention the lifting tackles.

65 Bull Running

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

Rosa parks should ate care that

Bull running is dangerous ok? Wouldn't you be the least bit scared if a bull instead of a foot ball came running at you, breaking at least five of your bones instead of bwaking your whittle pinky finger?

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66 Helicopter Skiing

We are going to land on that 15ft mountain peak speck! Make sure your heads are down or the blades will chop them off. Make sure you have your avalanche transponder so we can make sure to return your body to your loved ones. There is no ski patrol here to take you down so go for it, and by the way we are going to go as fast as possible to meet the helicopter. If you don't meet us down there don't expect to ride with us... each run is $300. Fluffy powder... yeah sure, under two inches of icy crust, and with 45 degree pitch with beautiful rocks on each side of the narrow shute. One mistake is your last! Not that many injuries because not that many people with the $ or insanity to do it. Having said that I loved it and it was the best experience ever!

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67 Paintball

The tech on the guns (ex, three burst and the PSI on the air tank turned up) can seriously injure someone, leaving either broken skin or a bruise, raises irritated area of skin if not protected and or the gun not chrono'd.

Once my little brother got accidently shot in the head by a paintball and he had a massive headache for the rest of the day

Very fun only hurts for a little bit.

Some People kill each other when they play without a mask.

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68 BMX Racing

Very dangerous cause so high in the air and not much protecion

BMX should be be with motocross, because it is just like, we crash all the time and break so many bones and not even a year ago and BMX Gold Olympian is Paralyzed from neck down.

Bmx requires a lott of courage and or stupidity to do. I mean your flying down hill on tiny bikes jumping things while bumping bars with the guy next to u. It’s pretty tough. Also crashing hurts a lot. Google “bmx race crash”

69 Wingsuit Proximity Flying

It's a new sport and not everyone knows about it yet. Well, my opinion is, that the top 10 are the most played sports in history, which have the most dangerousness people can think of these days. But there are other sports like Wingsuit flying which hasn't fully developed yet. I watched youtube fails for example how wingsuit people COULDN'T OPEN THEIR PARACHUTE! Or people hit their legs on a cliff or hit a bridge who DIED INSTANTLY! This is a sport where you could die in just an eye blink. I thought about doing it myself one day, flying through the air, the breeze rushing away and everything. I asked my parents if I could do it one day, (actually just my father because my Mom would flip out if she hears from it... ) He just said that it's a very dangerous sport that not everyone has the guts to do it because it is so extremely dangerous. And now I'm not sure if I really wanna do this... Now not just because of my father. The people in the videos also said that they lost 8 friends in ...more

Base jumping with a suit that helps you glide extremely close to walls the ground and many other obstacles. 100+ miles per hour just you a helmet and a flight suit squirrel suit

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70 Knife Throwing

Where does this fit in your list please?

Not only serial killers... I throw knives at cardboard boxes for no reason a lot.

Is this even a sport? - Pony

Might kill

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71 Volleyball Volleyball Volleyball is a team sport in which two teams of six players are separated by a net. Each team tries to score points by grounding a ball on the other team's court under organized rules.

I can't believe this isn't high up. We get a perfect pass on a ball going 80mph without a scratch. Our passer will do anything to get the ball to the setter. Bruises floor burns and scraps show up after one practice even with our knee pads. Our setters can make any pas s into a perfect set right to the hitter. Our hitters hit the ball so hard that no one on the other side can touch it. And our passers can always dig the hits coming to our side. This sport involves great agility stamina reflexes and strength. An when we get spikes in the face by a ball going 80mph we don't cry we suck it up that's the only reason you don't realize how dangerous it is. Not to include the broken bones.

Volleyball isn't a contact sport, which is the primary reason why it isn't considered dangerous. However, like any playable sport, it has its onset of possible injuries.

It is very common for hitters to receive shoulder injuries for constantly swinging at the ball. Shoulder tendonitis, jammed to broken fingers from blocking, I've also been elbowed various times by the teammate next to me as we block. (I am a middle hitter) One wrong land (especially on the outside hitters) can result between spraining your ankle to a torn ACL.

The defensive specialists have it worse, especially the libero. They're expected to sacrificial their body. Concussions are not uncommon, injuries include knee and hip burns/bruises, diving collisions, and a ball (usually ranging between 50 to 70 MPH) hit straight to their nose or forehead.

If the setters have cold hands during the game their fingers will sting each time they set. Like the defenders who are expected to dive and hitters who ...more

In volleyball, you dive for every single ball and can't ever let a ball touch the ground. You do jump training and practice 6 hours a week. You train and train for it and you get balls slammed at you and have to dig them up into a perfect pass. It takes lots of practice, you can't just come out and be able to play volleyball at high level. You have to get a pass, a set, and a hit. Well, first a serve. So for those of you who say volleyball isn't a sport, it is. It's dangerous and you're constantly on the floor diving for balls.

Scoliosis in back, dislocated finger

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72 Kart Racing

Not indoor but proper karting, I'm 15 the class I drive in reach 80 mph at the end of the straight with grids of up to 30 drivers, roll happen frequently which can end up with 100kg landing on your head as that is the highest point in the kart the last two races I have been in have been abandoned because of accidents one of them ended up with the driver being airlifted to hospital and he ended up with a broken arm, collarbone leg, very bad concussion, a load of broken ribs and a hairline fracture at the neck. Doctors said the only thing that saved him from being paralyzed was his very expensive neck brace which no one else there had or could afford that day, if it had been someone else they would have been paralyzed or worse

Wouldn't be half as dangerous if it weren't for the blue shells flying at me

Hey guys I'm going kart racing on saturday because I'm alone I mean come one little tommy got hurt because he tipped his kart over trying to race his mommy had to go pick him up and he lost seriosly people this sport made me laugh out loud

Depending on the class your racing in, the speeds are different. Goes from around 60
Mph, 70, 80 mph. No seatbelts (unless you race in champ karts. ) you can get hurt so
Easily. Sometimes over 30 karts racing at once. Try saying kart racing is stupid and
Not fast or dangerous. HA! Yeah this is an extremely dangerous sport.

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

This is a dangerous sport and should definitely be one of the top ten most gruesome and lethal sports. I've seen people get concussions, broken bones, become paralyzed, and more. This should absolutely be at least one of the top twenty.

I play ice hockey and I honestly think it is the toughest. I am young and 2 of my teammates got concussions, I sprained my knee and my goalie always was getting hurt, we only had one goalie so he had to play like that.

Just look at the injuries. That tells it all. Concussions, torn ligaments in all joints, Groin injuries that are rarely seen in other sports. Mutliple broken body parts. That fact that cheerleading and soccer are in the top ten shows that this is a biased list that has absolutely no basis in fact or statistics. It's just stupid people voting.

Just for an example, look at what happened to Clint Malarchuck. - railfan99

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75 Pole Climbing

I was pole climbing and I fell 13 feet and landed on a metal bar.

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76 Gymkhana

An awesome sport. Performance and accuracy.

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

I think basketball should be way higher up. Basketball is a very dangerous sport if you actually play it but if your just watching it seems simple. When I was in 3rd grade someone from the other team tripped me and my knee buckled in and I popped my knee cap out of place and in that same game, same quarter I broke 2 of my fingers got a concussion sprained my ankle horribly and popped my knee cap out of place. All in the same 6 minutes of our last game. My knee never healed properly and I will probably never be able to walk normal again my knee is now twisted inward and it makes me walk funny. I still play basketball and its way more then just dribbling shooting and boxing out. We have to learn all kinds of diferents plays like zone and line defense and paint defense and play 1 play 2 and play 3 and way more we have to be able to box out and we push people around and run into each other on purpose so we have a chance to shoot foul shots. So basketball isn't dangerous? Try coming to my ...more

This is totally wrong. Basketball is one of the most dangerous sports but you have to play it to realize it. Many things can go wrong. I've had broken/jammed fingers, bloody noses, bloody teeth, fat/bruised lip, elbowed in the side of the face. Broken noses, ACL tears, Achilles' tendon rupture, broken ankles and arms happen a lot. Rebounding the ball has knocked me on the ground, what is someone steps on my head or abdomen? I've seen girls SLAM on the ground or be stepped on multiple times in one fall. I'm always making contact with someone because of the positions I play. Basketball is a contact sport. You touch other people, you push them. The rules of basketball say you can't touch someone a certain way but every sport does. So basketball players are wimps because of it? We pull through cold/flu season, twisted ankles, jammed or slapped fingers, being elbowed in any spot, and being tired as hell. It's more work than you think it is. You gut everything out for four quarters a game, ...more - basketballxcam

Basketball is more intense than many people think. 1) we don't have equipment except for a brace or two. 2) I saw on another sport they were saying how players would tell their coach about an injury so they wouldn't HAVE to play. That isn't right you tell your coach so you can play soon and not injure it again. Another one is remember the kid who's bone was STICKING OUT OF HIS KNEE? Tell me that basketball isn't dangerous after seeing how many injuries each year there R. I even dislocated someone's shoulder (not on purpose) that is just how it is. - Lamptonsports

U Get Hit In the Face BY THe BALL

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78 Hang Gliding

Jumping off a mountain cliff with a large kite attached to your back and counting on the wind to keep you aloft, and then finding a place to land without impaling yourself on a tree.

This sport should be way higher.

I have done Hang Gliding off and on for 6 0r so years how in Gods name could this not be #1 makes me think the rest are way out of wack.


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79 Street Luge

When you try too poop it ends up in your throuat and then it makes you eat it

80 Road Racing

Real road racing. That's racing motorcycles at speeds of over 200mph on temporarily closed public roads. No run off, gravel traps or safety nets.

Look at all of the deaths at Watkins Glen and Le Mans Road Racing IS one of the most dangerous sports in the world.

Road racing is quite dangerous in the 1955 le mans a car flew into the grandstands and killed 80 people

I can't believe where road racing come on this list.

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