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 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.

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.

If we are only taking about the main sports we watch one T.V. witch is hockey, baseball, soccer, golf, basketball, ufc/boxing and football then yes for sure hockey is the most violent. I love to watch all of these sports but hockey is so fast and its full contact on ice with fighting. You don't ever hear about anyone being hurt from a ball except baseball but that does not happen nearly as much as hockey players getting hit with a puck. I have played hockey my whole life and played baseball and soccer also and nothing compares to hockey for pain and exhaustion.

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 the most contact sport. You get into fights, you tackle, hit each other at full speed, and can get injured easy.

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2 Rugby

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.

Rugby is very brutal, the only thing you have to protect you is your muscle, and your speed. Many people get concussions and/or broken bones from just a head on collision, if you were to tackle someone with your head just barely too far to the inside you could break your neck or even die! I would consider the most dangerous team sport in the world.

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

Much bigger, stronger players than hockey but with a far higher endurance aspect than American football. Significantly more contact per game than both of them, and with far less protective equipment..

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3 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.

This is a very brutal sport. Nearly every game their would be blood coming out of someone or even breaking bones. Its still weirdly entertaining and this sport has grown in its popularity the past 5 years.

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.

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.

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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.

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.

Should be called smashball. If you have that ball and you're not at the end-zone you 're going to get smashed.

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5 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.

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.

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!

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.

Lacrosse is way more violent than football my friend got paralyzed shoulders down

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6 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..

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.

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.

More people die in boxing than in rugby.

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7 Wheelchair Rugby

The most dangerous sport in my onion after wheelchair swimming

Most dangerous sport in my opinion after wheelchair swimming

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

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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.

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

Wrestling there is a point where your head will hit the mat many times and the head gear does not help and moves that can break any part of your body

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


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9 Water Polo

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.

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.

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.

It is more dangerous than rugby

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10 Austrailian Football

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...

That is not how you spell AUSTRAILIAN it is Australian

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 is that

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Not many know about this, it was in the Ancient Greece Olympics and the entire point of it was to fight to the death or until your opponent bails out from pain.
Search it up, I speak the truth.

The Contenders

11 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.

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 not a violent sport, sometimes you may get hurt on the field by falling awkwardly or players kicking you but Soccer is not violent at all.

If someone knocks you down (legally) and you put your arm(s) out to save yourself, then you could break your arm! You could also break or sprain an ankle.

Soccer is football.

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12 Muay Thai

I am a Muay Thai fighter and I know it is far more brutal than any other sport on this list as it said many have died in the ring

Muay tai is the most brutal violent sport by a long shot and many have died in the ring more then mma and boxing

Ice hockey us a joke compared to Muay Thai

The sport with the most damaging kick.

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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.

Hurling should be in the top 3 without a doubt like at any of the best takeouts and come back it is some much more violent than most of the ones above it

This is a game where people get injured. Americans would go running home to their mommies.

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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 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!

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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.

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16 Field Hockey

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,

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.

The ball flies everywhere

17 Roller Derby

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

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18 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 is a non contact sport how is it violent

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

I've been hit in the face with a basketball. - Pegasister12

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19 Bull Riding

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

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