Top 10 Most Dangerous Sports In The World

Competitions in various sports, even if you are not directly facing your opponents, always carry a risk of injury. In the water, in the air or on the ground, wherever the athletes choose to prove their athleticism, sports can be a dangerous business. These are the top 10 most dangerous sports in the world.

10. Helicopter Skiing

Helicopter Skiing

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A skier going down a slope after being dropped by a helicopter.

Yes, you read that right – skiing with a little help from a helicopter, what could go wrong? A lot, if the athletes aren’t careful: high rates of musculoskeletal injuries are standard in this sport. If you want to try this yourself, you can ski in the helicopter’s country of origin – Canada. In British Columbia you can enjoy 11 meters of dry snow while being pulled by a helicopter.

9. Cheerleading

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Cheerleading is one of the most dangerous sports in the world.

Cheerleaders like to throw their members into the air or create human pyramids as a way to support their local sports team. All this is followed by upbeat chants and songs that boost the morale of both the public and their local club. Still, cheerleading is one of the most dangerous sports in the world, with nearly 20,000 injuries caused by cheerleading every year.

8. Tobogganing

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This sport has had its fair share of deaths, with its last victim at the 2010 Olympics.

145 km/h is dangerous in any vehicle. But imagine people doing that on a frozen track, which looks like a long halfpipe. Athletes lie on their backs and fling across the track, fighting every moment not to be catapulted off the halfpipe.

This sport has had its share of the kill category, with its last casualty at the 2010 Olympics when Nodar Kumaritashvili, a Georgia sledding athlete, died on the opening day of the Winter Olympics held in Canada.

7. Racing

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It doesn’t matter, a race car or a superbike – anything that can go around a race track at speeds over 300 km/h is certainly life-threatening.

It doesn’t matter, a race car or a superbike – anything that can go around circuits at speeds over 300km per hour is certainly life-threatening. While the level of safety in this sport has grown like no other, with the introduction of construction materials that can withstand high-speed crashes, racing is still one of the deadliest sports in the world.

Over 40 deaths have occurred in motorsport in the last 20 years: Indy 500, Nascar, even the Dakar Rally, where you are surrounded by nothing but sand dunes, are all legendary but dangerous events that claim victims. The same goes for the folks who fly around on just two wheels – if you haven’t seen any of the Isle of Man races yet, we recommend you do. Blood-curdling!

6. Gymnastics

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2015 European Artistic Gymnastics Championships.

Few sports are as impressive as gymnastics. People compete against each other in various disciplines that test how well they control their bodies. It is a combination of strength, agility and balance. The amount of injuries involved in this sport is quite frightening – bone and wrist fractures are common in gymnastics competitions, and this sport has witnessed some of the worst falls and vertebral fractures ever.

5. Bull Riding

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This rodeo sport is very simple – you have to survive as long as possible atop a raging bull.

As with Jallikattu, this sport also involves a bull, and bulls are big and scary no matter where you face them. This rodeo sport is very simple – you have to survive as long as possible atop a raging bull. Neck and head injuries, along with bone fractures, are common in bull riding. Watch out, cowboys!

4. Football

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The frequency of injuries in football is quite high.

The frequency of injuries in football is quite high. Chasing just one ball, and often jumping forward with one or two feet to tackle the opponent, is an activity that often goes wrong. Virtually every football game is interrupted by the medical team, who rush onto the field to help an injured player off the field. Leg muscle and joint injuries are very common. Yet all this does not stop the players from competing fiercely in football leagues around the world.

3. Boxing

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Boxing is a dangerous sport.

Are you sure you don’t want to get hit on the head by a 100kg boxer heavyweight? Absolutely.

As much as protective equipment has evolved in recent decades (softer gloves, better helmets), boxing is a dangerous sport. It is estimated that nearly 90% of all people who choose boxing as their career suffer brain damage and injuries during their career. Boxers are also prone to developing serious neural problems later in life, such as Parkinson’s disease or Alzheimer’s disease.

2. Jallikattu

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Jallikattu is a sport that has provoked numerous reactions from animal activists.

Tamil Nadu is one of the states in India. During the Pongal event, which is a way the people give thanks for the crops that nourish them, they take part in bull taming. Jallikattu is a sport that has provoked numerous reactions from animal activists because it is dangerous for both animals and humans. In a nutshell, Jallikattu’s game is organized in such a way that a bull is released into an open field, and many participants try to capture and subdue him. Over the past 20 years, more than 200 people have died participating in this dangerous sport.

1. Base Jumping

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Base jumping from the Sapphire Tower, Istanbul.

You’ve probably all seen people jumping out of planes with parachutes, and thought – man, I could never do that!

Well, some people don’t even need a plane to throw themselves off buildings or mountains. Base jumpers also use a parachute, but as the word implies, they actually jump off different objects. BASE stands for Buildings, Antennas, Spans, and Earth. In this adrenaline-filled activity, people run from high towers or buildings and throw the parachute they hold in their hands.

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