Top 10 Most Painful Sports to Play

The Top Ten
1 American Football

Players get broken bones and even worse injuries from playing. This is a very brutal sport (not at all times).

2 Rugby
3 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.

I'm only 13 years old and I've seen my teammate get his ankle cut open, and my friend broke her arm when we were even younger. Hockey can also be about heroics. Players jump in front of a puck, and at least try to keep playing even if they are already injured. Even at a young age you are still at risk of injury. I play as a goaltender for a travel team and even though we have not yet experienced checking, which is slamming people into the boards, we can still get hurt. I've been hit in the throat with a puck many times and even got myself cut by the blade of a skate. They intentionally make younger kids' skates less sharp for that reason. It may only be my opinion, but from my experiences hockey can be a very dangerous, painful, beautiful, and exhilarating sport, and that's what makes this sport worth fighting through that pain and taking risks for.

4 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.
5 Paintball
6 Rowing

People might say "Its just putting a oar in the water and moving your arms". What it is when you put great force and pushing off with your legs. Doing a 5k and coaches looking behind you and making sure your stroke rate goes up is terrifying. Going over a certain number will mark you as the weakling. Ergs are called a death stroller once you do a warm up and your done you coach assigns you with workouts and meters. Once you get up from the erg and walk down your legs tighten up and you mill most likely fall which could cause a serious injury. I lost 10 pounds in a month just from doing rowing I way now. 115 at 5'5. And I'm 13 this is not a sport to joke around with,

7 Snowboarding
8 Cross Country Track

I run cross country and have never endured this much pain in my life. You have to be mentally and physically motivated to do this sport. While running I experience so much pain and to make it even worse, the hills, rocks, roots, etc. make it a true journey through the woods. After the practices and races you feel so good that it is over and you know it was worth the pain you went through and you have the support of a team that is like a family to you who will always be there for you. Recommend the sport to anyone who can take this sport very seriously.

10 Skateboarding Skateboarding is an action sport which involves riding and performing tricks using a skateboard. Skateboarding can also be considered a recreational activity, an art form, a job, or a method of transportation.

My body is 12% scar tissue, not to mention the gnarly sackings I have endured.

The Contenders
11 Airsoft
12 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..

This is a very bloody sport I can't believe it isn't number 1.

Imagine getting punched in the face...

13 Gymnastics Gymnastics is a sport involving the performance of exercises requiring strength, flexibility, balance and control.

I do gymnastics and I am only 11 and I have got several injuries like at least 20 and I am only in level 4 and I have already torn a back muscle when I was in level 2 so I think gymnastics should at least be in the top ten. Plus I gotten many at least 100 rips in my hand through the years of gym.

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

The goal of the sport is to immobilize another person using techniques that cause intense pain. For example, imagine having someone bend your arms, back, neck, legs, in ways they're not designed to in order for you to do what they want to because it hurts too bad.

Wrestling… the pain is horrible. Let's say your playing football with your friend and you get nailed. That hurts pretty bad right? Imagine that happening to you for an hour and a half straight, no water breaks, and the heat busted all the way up. 3 months straight. And to top that off, you have to starve yourself to cut weight. Then the next day you go to a tournament and wake up at 4:30 and wrestle Five matches.

15 Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) 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.
16 Horseracing

I reckon horseracing can be really dangerous because it could crush you with out proper training

17 Competitive Dance

You do NOT understand the pain! Bleeding from your toes becomes routine. And if you do not think it's a sport you're right. It's like a sport only harder. So boom.

Try putting all of your body weight onto two big toes (pointe) and you'll know the pain, also it's really easy to get stress fractures in dance, I would know.

18 Biking

Just watch the climbs on The Tour. The winners can take the most pain.

A constant 3-5 hour effort puts you through the most suffering ever.

It's the most painful sport, climbing on mountain passes, which can exceed to 22% gradient, with lactate-acid running through the legs, heart rate constantly at a rate of nearly 200bpm, this is the most competitive sport

19 Motocross

Motocross, I think, is one of the most painful sports on the planet. You have to invest a significant amount of time, work, and money into it. Moreover, there is the possibility that a single crash could ruin your life or prevent you from doing certain activities. Additionally, it is possible to damage something so severely in this sport that the chance of death is relatively high. I believe these factors contribute to making motocross one of the most painful sports on the planet.

20 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.

I've played box lacrosse my whole life it's different than regular lacrosse in the way that everyone is a little more violent than lots of other sports. We can hit way more and get into fights often. Along with the fact most players can shoot 70+ mph with a heavy rubber ball I've seen 4 times in one season of people getting hit in the throat by shots most of them went for a quick water break and went back in. I've once got hit by a shot right on my chest and ever since then if I sit in a strange position to long my ribs start to hurt. In just 28 years 23 people have died in this sport.

21 Running Running is a method of terrestrial locomotion allowing humans and other animals to move rapidly on foot. Running is a type of gait characterized by an aerial phase in which all feet are above the ground.

People don't understand how painful it can be. You've got to push yourself to your limit, until you just can't move. And sometimes after a while you get bruised. It takes all your force, agility and teamwork. You have to make sure not to switch lanes or pass the baton too late. It's a lot of stress because you're not in a team and you're alone. I have a team and I am the fastest, my team depends on me to win. It's stressful like a lot of sports.

22 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.
23 Swimming Swimming is an individual or team sport and activity. Competitive swimming is one of the most popular Olympic sports, with events in freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke, and butterfly.

I have done swimming for all my life and it's hurts so bad. I feel like I suffocating all the time don't get me started on butterfly or long distance. You can feel the lactic acidosis building up and your coach yelling at you for needing to breath to live đź’€

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