Most Violent Sports

Most brutal sports to play. Please vote and comment on why yours should be number one.

The Top Ten

1 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.

While yes, some sports may be more violent, that is their objective. The objective of hockey is to score, not hurt each other. However, it happens so often and so brutally, I truly feel like it deserves the number 1 spot.

By far more dangerous than any others. People ask why hockey doesn't have as many players as other sports such as soccer and it is because of how dangerous it is. Not everyone can handle being hit at really fast speeds. That's why they go for easier sports such as basketball, soccer, football you name it. I can already tell people are going to say "no, football is way harder! " If football is way harder then how about you try standing on a thin blade of medal while skating around way faster than you ever could run in football while trying to get a small piece of rubber in a net almost the same size as the goalie.

Hockey is way more brutal than any other sport. In almost every game, there is a pk shot up to 120 MPH at you. here has been several times where goalies have gotten their throat sliced, including Clint Malarchuk. Players have been impaled on nets before. There are fights almost every single game, hockey is the most violent and brutal sport in history.

In hockey you have a higher risk of getting a concussion and any form of injury. Your stopping time is slowed and it is harder to react to someone coming straight at you. You also go much faster on the ice then on land which makes the injuries and hits greater harder and harder to avoid. Many people have also been hit feom behind and recieved awful back injuries. People have messed up their backs, necks and shoulders from getting hit from behind. You can also take a shot from the puck and that can have the possibility to injure. People have also taken injuries like skates and pucks to the throat or neck. Several goalies have had sliced necks and almost died. There are also fights on the ice which the refs only stop once they fall or get to the ground. The fights can be brutal and sometimes involve the entire team. Ice hockey is the most violent sport.

2 Rugby

I've played rugby for several years and have to agree it's the most brutal sport. I've had several broken bones/dislocations and lacerations to the face.
It is a more brutal game that American football in that, much like boxing, you have to carry on after each hit. Sure the hits in American football are huge, and injuries are commonplace, but in rugby, after a huge hit, you're quite likely to get trampled on by the studs of a 220lb beast. You've then got get straight back up and do it all over again. This is brutal on the body and the mind. You need balls of steel and be extremely fit.

Broken necks, backs, collar bones, noses, fingers, and toes are entirely too common in this game. Rucks and mauls have some serious potential to injure even the most physically strong and fit. Pro ruggers are freaks of nature, as they are all the size of defensive linemen, defensive ends, linebackers, fullbacks, and tight ends on an American football field, yet they move like the wide-receivers, CB's, safeties and tailbacks and run full-sprint for 80 straight minutes like soccer players. They are some scary individuals.

Played rugby for many years incredibly violent, endured many injuries while I played. Only a scrum hat for protection and very easy to get stepped on when you are on the floor in a ruck. Worst injury I have seen was a broken collar bone when I was a kid. I played a prop and was at the front of everything which also means I was in every ruck, maul and scrum. On the bright side it is great fun and a great way to stay fit

I play Rugby at the collegiate level in the United States and have to say I've never played a game in which no one got hurt. Everyone gets bruised up and at least one person goes to ER every time. I can understand people saying Hockey, GO RANGERS!, as the most violent sport however they have breaks and only play 60 minutes total with three breaks while in rugby it's just a very short halftime.

3 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.

As a guy, who enjoy combat sports. I got to say MMA is one of the most dangerous sports I have every played. Get kicked in the ankle during a soccer practice? What about getting kick in the head, then proceed to be punch in the face multiple times while your down on the ground. Got tackled in a football game? Well what about being lift up in the air and land on your neck then get your arm almost being torn off and lock in an armbar. Unlike boxing, MMA is all about them martial arts being mixed into one. Mui Thai, boxing, kick boxing, judo, karate, wrestleing. It's a pretty tough game.

The point of the sport is literally to hurt your opponent.. many sports are brutal but as in the current number one spot, hockey, you are covered in protective gear and number two spot, rugby, you are not trying to hurt your opponent and like most other sports if you become too tired or hurt you may switch out with another player, where as mma you either stay in or lose

Extremely tough sport. As an amateur who has sparred with high ranking pros (regional circuit, not UFC or Bellator) I can attest to the pain inflicted and received over the course of a single round, let alone an entire fight. I have played hockey and American football and neither compare.

Pounding on your opponent until they are in submission. Young girls wearing almost nothing. Not at all a good example for youth. I would assume it appeals mostly to a low education crowd or those who enjoy extreme violence and stupidity.

4 American Football

American football is by far the most violent sport on the planet. Why? The pads. The evolution of American football has seen technologically advanced padding which professional football players have in turn used to their advantage in using themselves as weapons.
The speed of the game is insane, and when you look at the bulk of the padding, it's on their helmet and shoulders. Defensive players are now using themselves essentially as missiles, driving into chests, waists, and knees. Concussions are also super common, with players using their helmets to hit each other. No other game is full contact with "pads. " And padding makes the game much more fast, and violent.

I say that football is very violent because People are getting tackled constantly. Pads are suppose to protect people from serious injuries, but it's the over way around. The pads add weight to every player on the field making them heavier. When tackling other player, you add force to your weight and the added weight from the pads making the hit even harder which results in a concussion or broken bones.

The pads allow football players to hit as hard as they can. Rugby players, however, have little to no padding making them cautious when talking somebody. Ameican football is more violent than rugby because of the pads. Though some people are trying to make the game safer, it is still very violent and takes a lot of strength to play this game. Harder hits equals more violence on the field.

Consider this when comparing violent sports. In American Football, the reason the players wear pads and a helmet is: if they didn't, someone would die or be permanently injured every game. The speed of the skill players is so extreme, the collisions are more violent than any sport on earth. And that is something that can't be argued.

5 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.

Should be far higher on the list, I guess it is lower because it is not amongst the most popular/well known sports.
In my opinion LAX is either the most dangerous team sport, or perhaps on a par with hockey, and probably the fastest team sport on foot. Can't think of any other sport where it is legal to take someone out with a 6 foot lump of titanium, and getting hit with a winded-up shot lacrosse ball at over 100mph (fastest shot ever currently stands at 116mph) sure can do some damage, even with pads, the balls are pretty dense. In addition to this, brawls are common.
Without pads, you would get deaths in this sport. That being said, it is so much fun to play!

So I've been doing a project on why lacrosse is one if not the most physically brutal sports in america. So the first thing I needed was a source claiming it as so. To my suprise some sites didn't have lacrosse on their page as one of the top most brutal sports. Most sites even had baseball as a more physical sport, which really is not sorry but not sorry (not hard physical, but mental).
Anyway after thinking about it I realized that baseball is 40x more popular than lacrosse. So to all of you lacrosse players out there like me don't concern. by the way look up war on the floor box lacrosse complication!

Lacrosse is a predecessor of Ice Hokey which is considered as a brutal sport. It was invented by American Indians, and called by them "Little War" or "War' little brother".
Not only you are allowed to smash into people and punch them (upper parts of the body and not back of the head), but also snack them with the stick. You can basically do nearly everything that takes to stop the opponent. Not for a joke, pads producers war their customers that their products can not protect from broken bones and other injuries.

GIRLS LAX is not very violent AT ALL. Your talking about boys lax, not girls. In girls we can not tackle or make contact with each other except for checking or a small push. The only part that IS violent is when we all go for the ball, and that in girls we don't wear pads, only goggles and a mouth guard.

6 Wheelchair Rugby

The most dangerous sport in my onion after wheelchair swimming

I think people in wheelchairs should my be playing sports at all

Most dangerous sport in my opinion after wheelchair swimming

This sport is flat out stupid

7 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..

I would consider death the most serious injury. In hockey, in NHL history, only one player has died from an on-ice injury. 22 boxers died from their sport in 1953 alone. For frequency of traumatic head injuries, no major sport can match its unfortunate statistics.

Since inception, you get annual deaths from the sport. Statistically it is the most dangerous.

It is the only sport were you see plenty of its participants develop slurred speech while still active. MMA is catching up though.

This is the most grueling sport in the world. You can get some damaging punches early on and still have to fight another 10 rounds. Boxing tests and athletes mental will more than any sport.

I can tell you from experience that after playing this sport for awhile and after a broken nose, wrist, fingers, serious bruising and a few broken ribs it hurts a lot. Fun game though haha.

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

I think it is very dangerous. A family member of mine plays GOD you don't know how bad it is, you guys just watch it on T.V. but you don't know when he comes back from his practice. I told him not to do this but he is so in to it that he doesn't to listen to anybody.

In my opinion I think that wrestling is a very violent and dangerous game or sport
it is harmful and injuries (physical injuries) like bruise, blood, breaking a bone and even brain damage I don't think wrestling is a great game or sport to play,a lot of people say that wrestling is fake... but is it?!

Very dangerous and can end someones career in any second. They are trained a lot to practice to not totally hurt the opponents.

Your all alone on the mat so everything that happens is your fault. As well as the hardest practice of any high school sport.

9 Austrailian Football

Aussie rules footy should be in the top 3 if not number one, as it is a full contact sport without any pads or protective gear, with the exception of a mouth guard. If you watch any of the AFL hardest hits videos, it'll send a shiver down ya spine. they are running straight at each other at full speed and hip-and-shouldering each other. As you can get hit straight to the ground even if you aren't holding or having possession of the ball. personally I think it deserves a higher place over the likes of NFL where they go over the top with pads and it sonly about 5 seconds of action then they break.

What makes Aussie rules so violent is that it is one of the only games (where the players aren't wearing protective guarding all over them) where players collide full speed from opposite directions. It's faster, though cleaner now than in the 80's in any case through most of the season most teams have 25-35% of their squads unavailable due to injury...

I love American football but Australian football is easily the most hardcore, rugby is third in my opinion.

This is one of the toughest sports in the world (I should know, I’m Aussie) and it should be higher on the list. The crunching hits without pads makes it tougher and rougher than American football

10 Water Polo

People will drag you underwater by your cap strings, and if you do it to them, you can get punched without a foul being called. Anything goes underwater, as the ref can’t see it. Should be #1.

I play water polo and let me just say even though I this is my first year I have already almost broken 3 or 4 bones. Anything is fair game underwater and I mean anything, I've had been groped so and if you grope someone it gets you a good punch in the head. Even though all we wear is two pieces of plastic over our ears and our speedo. It is by far the most difficult sport I have ever done.

Very violent sport, I play at national level and the amount of injuries iv had due to rough play from not only boys but the girls too. Clawed and scratched... Punched and kicked, in places where it HURT'S (the nuts), also being hit in the throat makes it hard to breath and when you have great big men pushing and pulling you under it makes it so hard to play.

Water polo is a sport where your being restrained, sunk, and even drowned underneath the water. That's what the referees see. The stuff the referees don't see includes constant punching, kicking, grabbing people's groins, and even biting! Water polo is a violent, brutal sport.

The Contenders

11 Soccer Association football, more commonly known as football or soccer, is a sport played between two teams of eleven players each. It is played with a spherical ball. The objective is to score the ball in the other teams goal.

Soccer is about as violent as it gets without full body pads. You are constantly trying to do anything to get the ball. Not to mention most refs will allow elbows here and there, as they prefer to let the ga,e play out. As for those that say soccer is full of "floppers" they do not know how much it hurts to be bulled over by a person running full speed. Also soccer has the inherent risk of knee injury because of the constant stop go action. Most soccer players will blow out a knee sometime in their life.

Not very violent on the field (in comparison to hockey and rugby) but off the field, there is so much violence surrounding the sport. People fight and sometimes even kill other people for simply supporting another team. In Egypt, fans bombed their own Football Association.

Soccer is very violent. In American football they do have pads but in soccer you are constantly hitting each other with only shin guards. I've seen so many people get hurt playing soccer. I saw ome player break his back after getting kicked in the back and other players getting drop kicked.

Anyone saying soccer doesn’t take physicality, endurance, speed, and skill has never seen real soccer. Like not rec or YMCA try basically running marathons while getting punched, kicked in any spot you can imagine, and not to mention all the mental challenges... ya try to make a 1 second decision in less than 1 second... don’t think any of the people talking bad about it can get can make a 10 second decision in an hour so try so think before u speak... like u could do that

12 Muay Thai

The "science of 8 limbs", in Muay Thai the whole body is used to powerfully strike the opponent's body with bonecrushing techniques, is a combat sport like no other.

Much more violent than any other sport on this list. It's like kick boxing on steroids

I do Thai boxing and I think it is much more aggressive than boxing because u can punch kick knee elbow, and it can cause a lot more damage than the other ones I’ve seen on the list.

Ice hockey us a joke compared to Muay Thai

13 Hurling

I'm afraid that anyone who doesn't think that hurling does not belong in the top three at least needs to watch it. The ball moves at 120mph, bodychecking is legal and concussions broken bones and serious body breaking tackles are the norm. Add to that the incredible skills and the fact that its played by amateurs who train harder than most professionals and you have the fastest hardest and most exciting sport in the world.

The ball is like a super-fast rock flying around, the sticks can break bones and, incredibly, next to no protection! Americans really need to watch this sport.

I cannot believe how hurling is no 12, it should be number 1. so dangerous, no protection and incredible speed

Hurling should be no1 not 12 it is the fastest field sport in Ireland and has worse injury then soccer has

14 Handball

This list is definitely made by an American. Handball is way more violent than American Football. It's extremely fast and physical without wearing any protection, plus it has the most diverse injuries period (which it is often used in medical research projects).

Handball is one, if not the most brutal sport with a ball that you can play. It's fast and very physical, way more than American football. You wear zero to wear little protection and massiv injuries are very common.

Handball should be at least in the top 5. This game destroyed my complete body but I still love it.

This sport is more violent than soccer!

15 Calcio Storico

Calcio storico is a brutal sport, it is a sort of huge street fight mixed with a sort of soccer and rugby. it is played just once a year in florence and it isn't on top just because almost anyone knows it outside of Italy.

CALCIO STORICO has been played for over 500 years and there is no other sport on earth that is as violent as this. In every match several players get the teeth knocked off or broken bones.

Well I had to look this up online and it is basically a gang rumble with no weapons. Not much of a skill sport that is for sure. Hockey and Football are like ballet compared to this.

I was brought up playing and watching Australian rules football which is tough enough. Having watched Calcio Storico I can vouch it leaves Aussie rules in its shadow.

16 Field Hockey

Half my team was out with injuries. One girl from the opposing tesm took out three of our players in one game... No penalty. They don't give a crap if you get hurt. This sport isn't for wimps.

If you want a dangerous sport go field hockey. I once played a game and got hit in the shins 7 times. Not one free hit. If you fall over, just get up and deal with it.

If you want to be hit by a wooden stick or a ball that feels like concrete, field hockey is for you. We play with little to no gear,

The ball flies everywhere

17 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 is a very high contact sport, pushing and muscling your way around (especially in the key)is allowed, without being excessive. Playing in college had much higher contact than high school.

One of the rudest sports because they get punched in the paint and also elbowed in the pain

Basketball is a non contact sport how is it violent

Basketball is a very violent sport! Like VERY

18 Roller Derby

Hurts so bad. You get pummeled and thrown and knocked down. Broken bones and bruises and fights are legal like hockey.

I am in Roller Derby. It is an amazing sport. Its fun and its about teamwork. I recommend this sport.

No one knows what this sport is

Bro it’s so violent and funnn

19 Bull Riding Bull riding is a rodeo sport that involves a rider getting on a bucking bull and attempting to stay mounted while the animal tries to buck off the rider.American bull riding has been called "the most dangerous eight seconds in sports." To receive a score, the rider must stay atop the bull for eight ...read more.

Umm do you want to be thrown around and possibly mauled by an up to over 2000 pound animal with giant hooves and horns that could tear you to shreds? Its common for hands to get stuck in the wrap and arms to be dislocated or broken. this often leads to a mauling and its common to get broken bones, concussions, and knocked teeth. I know someone with a metal plate in his head because of this sport.

Bull riding you can die this should number 1. You could get kicked in the head stabbed with there horns fell on by a 2000 pound animail

As a bull rider, I have to say the sport doesn't get the appreciation it deserves

It is the most dangers sport

20 NASCAR The Game 2011 NASCAR The Game 2011 Product Image

My grandma just died playing this. Very violent.

A video game? Is it fighting if you lose?

I died playing this game.

21 Fencing
22 Auto Racing

Violent when you crash... I fail to see why Rugby is the most violent... most dangerous team sport yes... but violent?

At least 330 Racers have been killed since Auto Racing started on April 28, 1887. This number goes up yearly.

This should also be in the top 5

NOT A SPORT

23 Test Cricket

Crickets unusual in that it is completely allowed and expected for the bloke who is bowling to have a number of key intentions. If he's good at it he's throwing (Bowling) a rock hard ball at 90 + mph trying to hit the geezer with the bat on the body somewhere - head, toes, throat, testicles, fingers, all of them relatively vulnerable. It is one of two or three key intentions and everyone plays the game knowing and accepting that this is the case - he is trying to hurt you, if you stand there trying to stop him from hitting the stumps.

But, the same bowler whilst he is trying to hurt you, if you're good enough and fast enough you are completely within your rights to smack the ball back at the bowler with your bat with the intention of injuring him, sending he message... 'Mate if you want to try and hurt me, have some of this'. If you've got any doubts about the levels of aggression and violence find your self a cricket player and just play catch with them using a cricket ball. ...more

A cricket ball is extremely hard and dense and can easily break bones (and sometimes even kill) at speeds above 80 mph. Short pitched bowling is a legitimate tactic used to scare and intimidate the opposition batsmen. Sledging is mentally testing and considering the fact that one has to undergo a combination of physical and mental barrage for over 5 days, test cricket is one of the most brutal sports out there.

This should be higher in the list! Not many people can play the game or even knows what it is so they disregard it. The ball is hard as concrete. It will easily kill you. Maybe you played with a kiddy tennis ball or something so you don't understand. In soccer it is easy to use any part of the body without getting hurt. But... if a cricket ball hits you at high speed you will holler in pain.

Test cricket sucks! And so does normal cricket

24 Cagefighting

This is one of the most rough sports because its mma, kickboxing, or boxing but in a metal cage where you are aloud to slam your opponent into the cold metal sides! Also it's just you and you opponents.

25 Armored Combat

This sport is gaining fans and recognition worldwide. It's essentially like knights in armor in the Middle Ages fighting except they have made it a bit safer so they are no actual deaths by blunting the swords. The Eastern Europeans and particularly Russians have the strongest teams

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