Most Demanding Sports


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21 Endurocross

The same as motocross, but races last a lot longer, between 3hrs and sometimes up to 6 hours+.

This is truly a difficult sport, really similar to motocross

I do this and it takes skill, performance, strength and fitness!

I would say harder then motocross. fast going for 3 to 6 hours race and can be over 6 days

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22 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.

Definitely more taxing than boxing. Fights against the cage or on the mat are constant battles against your opponent. There's no resting. Taking a breath with a fighter landing elbows and knees on you is a great way to get knocked out.

We have a lot to practice my practices go on for like 2 hours and that includes sparring. It's harder then any other sport besides motocross.

Way harder than any other sport. It's wresting, boxing, and getting hit/kicked in the head, the legs.

How this is not top 3 boggles my mind...

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23 Auto Racing

Formula One is insane, people have no idea the shape the drivers have to be in...

24 Field Hockey

Much harder than ice hockey, smaller surface area of stick, only use one side of the stick, incredibly demanding and there is no stop in the running, whether or not you have the ball. The stick handling is incredibly complex and there's at least 9 different ways to shoot, depending on your exact positioning and the situation. Constantly analyzing the field and running works your mind and your body and unless you've played its unlikely you would know how hard it really is

The intensity of field hockey is really underestimated by non-players. There is a reason to why the amount substitutions a coach can make is unlimited, players are expected to give their all for 8-10 minutes, then rest for 5 and go again. The fact that the stick used in field hockey is relatively short also adds another tough phsyical aspect to the game, since the length of the stick makes it so that players have to run bend over. Try 5 minutes of sprinting whilst bend over, pretty hard.

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

Basketball requires high class aerobic and anaerobic fitness for an entire 40 minutes (or 48). On top of this, an athlete must be powerful throughout every major muscle group - it's not all lower body. Good luck trying not to sweat when playing a game of Basketball!

This has to be one of the most demanding sports! Non-stop movement up and down the floor with the only rest being on Timeouts or period breaks. On top of the running side of things, Basketball requires great Hand-eye coordination as well as Muscular Strengh, Muscular Endurance and Muscular Power. And to top it off you most certainly have to be Quick and be Agile. This deserves a higher rating!

Whoever made this list is poorly informed on fitness levels, speed, strength and coordination required. To lust foitball before basketball is absurd.

I has played and coached this sport. Previous comments are right on
target. Basketball used to be in the top ten. It takes continuous movement
and knowledge of what your team members are doing and communication
in understanding each others movement and when to take the open shot.
It takes hours and hours of practice to get five persons play in a fluent
motion like have five people dancing with the intent to put a ball in a
basket at the end of a Court. The dance it performed with movement to
a very fast pace.

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27 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.

Why has no one mentioned ice hockey it must be one of the most physically demanding!

I play hockey all winter and race mx all summer...I would have to put hockey up there for sure, but mx is a more extreme beast in about every way.

28 Squash

Coming from a background of training and playing matches in a number of sports I can say squash is by far the one that gets my heart rate up to full capacity of which also stays at such a high rate for the longest! Very intense just like camping.

Pro squash training in insane. The top guys burn up to 7000 calories a day!

The most intense sport by a country mile!

Why this isn't number one baffles me

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29 Eventing

This should be number 1! If you disagree then you are just a flat out idiot! We work so hard! If you don't ride and you say that your sport is harder then equestrian, open your eyes! If you want to tell me that I just sit there, try it yourself or tell it to my thighs! Try doing all of this at once, heels down, eyes up, shoulders back, elbows in, fingers closed, diagonal, lead, lower leg back, thumbs on top, look where you're going, counting strides, and keep the leg on ALL while trying to remember the course and most important not trying to fall off and get killed! Always remember that our sport is WAYYY harder then yours so when you think your "tough" remember we're tougher, stronger mentally and physically! Also remember the famous saying, you play football, that's cute! That applies to any other sport besides horseback riding! Tell me again that we just sit there or that the horse does all the work I dare you!

Hours of training to develop the most amazing trust between horse and rider. Both are refines athletes who must be versatile enough to compete in the subtle and contained control that is dressage, the explosive energy of cross country jumping to the control ads in of show jumping.

Everything because every single sport have its difficulties

This should be in the top 15 at least! I feel like people really underestimate horsebackriding, I do show jumping and it's really upsetting when people say "it's not a sport! " I'm like hells ya it is! Try it yourself. "It's not dangerous! " Ummm...I literally fractured my arm a month ago due the horseback riding...what did you say again...

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30 Aussie Rules Football

AFL(Australian Football League or Aussie Rules) is easily one of the most demanding sports across the board. If you haven't seen a match before you wouldn't be able to comprehend it. It is a very technically, physically and mentally advanced sport which requires athletes to perform at their peak every single week. Players have to run between 15-30 kilometres during a game at high intensity ranging from normal running to intense long distance sprints.

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31 Baseball Baseball Baseball is a bat-and-ball game played between two teams of nine players each who take turns batting and fielding.

There's no way darts are before baseball! Come on how about you try to hit a 100 mph baseball coming at you with less than a second to decide if it's coming at your face or it's a pitch to hit!

You can't just step into a batters box and hit a 90 mph fastball from 60 feet away into the outfield, with five fielders guarding it, overnight - opinionated4

I like to stand around all day and not break a single sweat. So enduring

They say darts are more physical demanding than baseball 😂 hoe about you try to hit a baseball going 100 mph

32 Nordic Skiing

So... someone thinks that motocross is hard because "pro races are 30min plus with your heart rate ranging from a low of 165 and max of 200 or maybe even more depending on the rider". Geez, would hate to see these guys suffer on my ski tracks. Xc ski races range in time from 2min to 2hrs and that's pretty much flat out the entire time. This is the sport that results in the athletes with the highest VO2 Max's (this is THE indicator or aerobic fitness). And guess what, while we don't get breaks either in the middle of our races, we also don't get a gasoline filled engine to propel us. Some people, I tell ya.

How the hell is golf and darts ahead of XC skiing? And what is "snooker"? Just look at the finish line at any serious ski race and examine what you see. Watch everyone collapse to the ground in pain after skiing their heart out for up to two hours depending on the race. You'll never see anything like that in any other sport. Skiers have to go out in blistering cold, insane winds, storms, etc. no matter what. I know because I ski competitively and I'd like to see any golfer, darts player or hell even basketball or hockey player do what we do on a regular basis. I'd like to see them ski a 15k classic mass start with 90+ racers and 100km/hr winds. I'd like to see them do a two hour interval workout in -30 Celsius. If you want to challenge your strength and endurance to the extreme, look no further than this sport.

33 Tae Kwon Do


34 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.

Try being a midfield player in lacrosse and run about 20 fast breaks total. You'll realize when cradling a ball and carrying a helmet and pads with you things are gonna get real tiring. It fully works your upper body and at the same time you need to run like a horse. Should easily make the top 10 in this list, beating basketball and soccer by far.

SOCCER, and BASEBALL ARE MORE DEMANDING THAN THIS? What the heck? Soccer is only "hard" because the wusses like to make it seem like they get hurt. Heck, besides stuff like swimming and motorcross and stuff like that, this is the hardest sport with a ball except for Rugby. But this is not far behind.

Midfielders run all game long and are also carrying up to 7 pounds of equipment, and have to control the ball, dodge, shoot, all the time being hacked at by metal poles.

Oh my gosh, how is golf more demanding than this.

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35 Badminton Badminton Badminton is a racquet sport played using racquets to hit a shuttlecock across a net. Although it may be played with larger teams, the most common forms of the game are "singles" and "doubles".

Probably should be in Top3...Most of the top listed games are centered around the games played in US and some European country...Badminton gives very little breathing space compared to any other individual sport or team sport. It tests your heart rate. To sum it up Badminton is all about Speed, Skill, Stamina and Strength, all put together

Highest demanding sport in the world

Badminton is the most physical chess sport in the world

Very demanding mind and physical

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36 Sailing

People don't give sailing enough credit. It is both mentally and physically challenging

Though I am biased, because I am a sailor myself. sailing is not given enough credit, some boats will really push you to the limit, and if your at a high standard, sailing isn't just a hobby, or a sport, it is a way of life. 7 days a week you're in the gym and out on the water

I can say sailing is far more difficult than soccer

Competitivesailing is a lot more physically challenging then people realise and it doesn't get enough credit

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37 Golf Golf Golf is a club and ball sport in which players use various clubs to hit balls into a series of holes from a range of 80 to 600 yards on a course in as few strokes as possible.

In high school golf competition, we had to walk all 18 holes while either carrying or pulling our bags. Hot, cold, windy- player has to be good at adapting to changing environments. This is more of a mental game and you have to be in the right mindset with a positive attitude if you want to stay consistent. Lots of pressure from good players watching you. Tiger showed that people play much better and have increased endurance when they're in shape. Up until Tiger, no professional golfers worked out. Professional golfers today do workouts that help with their swinging form. Try swinging a club 60-100 times and hitting the ball perfectly every time!

While it is hard to play golf, is not really physically demanding at all

38 Wheelchair Basketball

This more demanding than just Basketball because it's all arms pushing, shooting and passing!

39 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.

In Volleyball you are always practicing. You have to do whatever it takes to get the ball. Go to a hard gym floor, jump in the air and belleyflop onto the floor. In volleyball season all good players have bumps and bruises on their arms, shins, legs, faces even. You have to stop a ball that is going 85Mph with whatever body part you can get to it. Everybody thinks volleyball isn't a sport, but you won't say that after a day in Practice.

40 Skiing

Nordic skiing is tough, 6 days a week practice, hours of hill work UP hill, intervals, plus all your equipment which easily exceeds $1000

All big muscles are used to its maximum in skiing competition, and I'm not talking about downhill here..

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