Top 10 Most Dangerous Sports

9:30 am 6 Jul, 2013

Sports, you would have thought, is for getting people together and play a game that catches the fancy of supporters and players alike. But apart from the entertainment aspect, sports are also played for the adrenalin rush. If not even that some visibly simple sports too pose serious threat to players in case something goes wrong. Here is a list of some of the most risky and dangerous sports around the world.

10. Horseback Riding:

Though it does not really appear to be a sport that could turn fatal or dangerous but it certainly is. No matter how much the horses are trained there is always that slight risk of something going wrong. And any injury from falling of a horse could range from something minimal to actually life threatening. So it is definitely one of the dangerous sports.

Horseback Riding

9. Lacrosse:

It is a team sport of Native American origin played using a small rubber ball and a long-handled stick called a crosse or lacrosse stick. It is believed to have probably developed around AD 1100 and is considerably popular in America today. It’s a rough game and sometimes extremely intense. A lot of injuries are reported among Lacrosse players. Though mostly played in US and Canada, it still reports an excessively long list of injury for any sport.


8. Gymnastics:

Gymnastics is a sport that involves the performance of exercises. It requires physical strength, flexibility, power, agility, coordination, and balance.You must be wondering how such an elegant sport of Gymnastics could ever be dangerous. But it certainly is. A slight miscalculation could have catastrophic results. In 1988, American gymnast Julissa Gomez was injured in a vaulting accident that left her quadriplegic.Though massive safety steps and standards were incorporated since then, but still the risk certainly persists.


7. Skateboarding:

It is an action sport which involves riding and performing tricks using a skateboard. It might seem harmless or a fun activity to be involved in. But truth be told it could potentially cause extremely serious injuries. Though scrapes, cuts, bruises, and sprains are minor injuries that could occur due to skate boarding, something like traumatic head injury and death is also very plausible.


6. Bull Riding:

It consists of a rider getting on a large bull and attempting to stay mounted while the animal attempts to buck off the rider. Rules of the sport vary with countries they are played in.In the US, the rider must stay atop the bucking bull for eight seconds. But mostly all the countries follow the standards of the Professional Bull Riders organization. The sport has the highest rate of injury of any rodeo sport and is accounts for a major percentage of all traumatic injuries to rodeo contestants.

Bull Riding

5. BASE jumping:

It is an activity where participants jump from fixed objects and use a parachute to break their fall. They can jump from buildings, antennas, spans (bridges), and earth (cliffs), hence the name BASE. Many serious injuries and deaths have occurred in BASE jumping due to off-heading opening where the jumper might not be facing the right direction. It is an extremely dangerous sport that has a fatality and injury rate 43 times higher than parachuting from a plane.

BASE jumping

4. Rugby:

Now this is another type of football that is quite popular in certain corners of the world. If you watch it you’ll see how violent and dangerous it is. It is a full contact sport and more often than not the contact isn’t pleasant. The injuries in this sport are massively higher than in any other sport as it is basically a “collision” sport resulting in several dangerous injuries.


3. Cave Diving:

Cave Diving is considered as one of the most dangerous sports in the world. The first cave dive was made in UK by Jack Sheppard in 1936. It is a form of penetration diving where in an emergency a diver cannot swim vertically to the surface due to the cave’s ceilings. There are various risks and hazards associated with this sport which include decompression sickness and drowning. Hence, there are very few takers of it as compared to caving and scuba diving. Specialized equipment is must for this sport.

Cave Diving

2. Formula One:

Also known as F1, it is one of the most dangerous sports in the world and intriguingly one of the most popular too. If the deaths of Ayrton Senna and Roland Ratzenberger in the 1994 San Marino Grand Prix are any indication, then the risk involved in this sport is highly substantial. Though many rules and precautions are in place aided by advanced technology, the simple fact remains that racing at speeds of up to 350 km/h cannot be without risk.

Formula One

1. American football:

Though it is called football in America, it is strikingly different from the ‘football’ played in most of the world. It is a sport that has evolved from rugby and association football. Though it is the most popular sport in the United States, it has also lead to serious injuries or even death. Dangerous mass-formations like the flying wedge among several others make this an extremely violent sport. Head injuries such as concussions or even skull fractures are common in this game.

American football

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