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Top 10 most dangerous sports in the world

Last Updated: 24.05.19


While sports can be a great source of entertainment, this type of fun can also be rather risky, especially when you’re not wearing any protective equipment like basketball shin guards or those that are most appropriate for the sport you engage in.

However, not all sports are made the same, not all have the same rules, and naturally, they are all uniquely dangerous. Some of you might argue that the ones we’ve showcased below aren’t even sports per se, but they are considered as such, so we thought we should include them in the list.

Bull riding

We don’t even have to get into the topic of why bull riding can put you in serious danger. This rodeo sport involves maintaining your position on a bull for as long as you can as the animal tries to buck you off.

Not only is this sport dangerous because the bull can throw you and you can hit your head on the floor, break your spine, or in the best case scenario, end up with a broken arm or leg, but it’s also very risky because that bull gets pretty upset as you ride him. In 1989, there was a case where cowboy Lane Frost had his heart punctured by a bull, which is why it is now compulsory to wear vests made of ballistic material if you go bull riding.



For as many as eighteen minutes, fifteen players on every rugby team smash against each other, so it’s clear that some things are bound to go very wrong at one point or the other. Unlike other sports such as American football, where the players are required to wear a bit more in the way of protective equipment, with rugby, they’re only asked to wear mouthguards and spiked boots.

Another reason this sport is so dangerous is that rugby players are allowed to use their whole bodies during the game, so they can engage in lifting tackles or bump into each other freely. The sport is so risky that it’s said that most rugby players are at risk of developing brain damage or dementia. The other injuries range from dislocated shoulders to concussions.


Base jumping

In case you didn’t know, wingsuit flying when you’re jumping off an airplane can actually be safer when compared to base jumping. BASE is an acronym and it stands for the types of places you can use to jump from – buildings, antennas, spans, and the earth (natural formations like canyons and cliffs, for example).

The problem with base jumping is not that it’s a dangerous sport in itself, but there is a risk of the parachute not deploying. And since it has happened in the past, for some this might make trying it completely illogical.

Horse riding

Horseback riding can be dangerous because a horse isn’t a small (or light) animal by any means. If you are not an experienced rider and the horse you want to try your luck with is a feisty male, you definitely need a bit of assistance from a person who knows the animal and can calm him down.

Professional horseback riding can also be dangerous because horses can miscalculate the obstacles they have to jump over, and if they stumble, the jockey has a good chance of ending up under the weight of a 1,200 to 1,300-pound animal.


Scuba diving

Everything can go wrong when you’re underwater. Your diving equipment can be damaged and you can be left without an oxygen source, you can be affected by the changes in pressure and experience a lung rupture or a damage to your sinuses, or you could experience the symptoms of intoxication on account of nitrogen and helium being built up in your bloodstream.



Unfortunately, the likelihood of a gymnast getting injured while practicing or while at a show is very high. Some of the most common injuries range from wrist fractures and ankle sprains to cartilage damage and even spinal fractures.

If this bit of information wasn’t scary enough, you might want to know that in 1988, a gymnast by the name of Julissa Gomez slipped during practice and slammed her head on the equipment, which caused her to be left paralyzed from the neck down until 1991, when she died.



Boxing is just as dangerous as pretty much any other contact sports, so whether you want to take up martial arts, wrestling, or rugby, you have to make sure that you stay as safe as possible.

Approximately 90% of boxers experience brain damage, and while its symptoms might not be visible right after it was caused, it can lead to Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disease as they age.


While it is somewhat less dangerous compared to other sports we’ve showcased here in the sense that the cases that have led to the actual death of a player are considerably fewer, soccer is still risky because of the number of injuries it can be at the root of.

75% of those that play soccer can get a concussion, and this happens especially with people who play it professionally and want to win the game so desperately that they don’t pay attention to being safe anymore. Amateurs are required to use protective gear, though, especially when they’re part of a class, and one of these consists of soccer shin guards.


Big wave surfing

Big wave surfing happens with waves that can be as big as 100 feet. For experienced surfers, this sport might seem interesting especially if they want to win the coveted crown which consists of a price worth $100,000.

However, there are a variety of things that can go wrong when you’re riding a 100-ft wave. From drowning to being pulled into the water and having your head smashed against the underwater rocks, it goes without saying that this sport can seriously put your life at risk. Also, you can get hit by your own surfboard, too.  


Street luge

Similarly to skateboarding, this sport happens on a course or a paved road. The rider’s body is in a supine position on a sled or luge board and the speed attained by the ‘vehicle’ is mostly due to gravity.



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