Top 10 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.

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.

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.

2 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

3 Rugby Rugby league football, usually called rugby league, league, rugby or football , is a full contact sport played by two teams of thirteen players on a rectangular field.

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.

4 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.

5 Wheelchair Rugby

The most dangerous sport in my onion after wheelchair swimming

Most violent ever

Most dangerous sport in my opinion after wheelchair swimming

6 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.

American football is easily the must violent. There has been tons of injuries, even career end injuries. Especially on kick offs, there are eleven people trying trying to tackle you that are about 250 lbs. If you know who Arron Donald is well then cool, but if you don't he's an absolute tank! He is 285 lbs!

7 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.

8 Water Polo

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.

Generally, this sport can do real damage. Sometimes you may be bleeding in the pool and it won't get noticed. Where I have lived, the people can get real nasty if you don't man up and get on with it. A hard hit to the throat by the ball is nothing in this game. This sport really should be higher in the list. It's god damn BRUTAL for the entire bloody match!

9 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!

10 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.

The Contenders
11 Australian 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...

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

16 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.

17 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 seconds with the use of one hand gripped on a bull rope tied behind the bull's forelegs.

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

This is very dangerous

18 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. But it can get pretty contact. Especially if you're a post player. You use your elbows and body to gain an advantage. I myself have given several girls broken bones or bloody noses and I wasn't even playing dirty

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.

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

19 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.

20 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.

21 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

22 Field Hockey Field Hockey is a team sport played on a grass or turf field, involving two teams of 11 players each. The objective is to use a curved stick to hit a small, hard ball into the opponent's goal. Originating in the British Isles, the sport has gained global popularity and is especially well-known in regions like Europe, Asia, and Australia. Field hockey is played both recreationally and professionally,... read more

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.

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 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,

23 Horseback Riding Horseback riding (or Equestrian) is one of the most intense sports known to man. Not only because it's physically challenging, but it takes more than athleticism. Horseback riding takes commitment, time, patience, and most importantly building a bond with your horse. If you don't have a good relationship with your horse, you're not going to have a good experience. You need to spend as much time with... read more

My sister tore her ACL doing this and I have hurt myself doing it too. Lots of people die doing this wonderful sport. How is it not first?

Not very violent, just dangerous.

It is not most violent but it is very dangerous and can be really painful

24 Fencing
25 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. 10 of us on a cricket pitch are catching that ball from close range sometimes when it's being hit at 100mph +. Have a look on line at 'Brian close v the west indies' YouTube. Watch that and tell me that is not brutal.

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