The Top Ten Most Dangerous Sports

Indeed, life with just glamour and glitz doesn’t bring constant pleasure and satisfaction to us. That’s why we have sports; for the thrills and suspense in our dull life. 

However, has anyone realized how for the thrilling validation that we seek, we risk our lives. Having said this, losing something to gain something; that’s given! 

Anyways, every year, every day, and every hour, numerous injuries are going on around us.

Some fatal, some simple, and some that lead to death. This is the reason why sports are vicious alongside their soothing charm. 

Today, we will discuss the top ten most dangerous sports. To spice things up, we will take about their danger level and injuries that occur often. 

Table of Contents

1 The Top Ten Most Dangerous Sports 1.1 10) Base Jumping1.2 9) Luge 1.3 8) Gymnastics 1.4 7) Racing 1.5 6) Big Wave Surfing1.6 5) Rugby 1.7 4) Bull Riding1.8 3) Helicopter Skiing 1.9 2) Boxing 1.10 1) Mountaineering2 Summary2.1 Bonus:

The Top Ten Most Dangerous Sports 

10) Base Jumping

Injury rate: average of 25 athletes fatally injured in a year

Base Jumping is similar to sky diving as people will jump with parachutes. However, instead of throwing themselves off from planes, they do it from high buildings. As the name suggests, they jump from one fixed object to another. 

This sport started back in the late 1970s and athletes do it for the adrenaline rush.

According to the reports, the injury rate is 0.2-0.4% per jump and one among every sixty participants is expected to be fatally injured. 

Additionally, many are injured due to the malfunctions of their wingsuit. Not to mention, they have a heavy strike with objects or canopy while jumping.

Well, most of the base jumpers suffer from ankle sprains/fractures, minor head concussions, or a bruised knee. 

Altogether, it is about right times dangerous than sky diving. 

9) Luge 

Injury rate: average of 407 injuries per annum

Luge can be in a different form; in ice, track, or road. Among them, the dangerous one would be with the ice. It’s all the gravity-based sports where the athlete will be lying in a longboard and ride it. 

As a fun fact, the board moves up to the speed of 140 km/h (87 mph). It brings the danger of the overuse of muscles and the loss of balance.

Although it hasn’t bought numbers of deaths to date; however, it puts the athletes with serious injuries, making it one of the most dangerous sports to even attempt.

Comparing it with skeleton, luges are far more dangerous. Back in 2010 opening day of the Winter Olympics held in Canada, luge athlete Nodar Kumaritashvili died from the sport. 

8) Gymnastics 

Injury rate: 100,000 injuries per year

As we are all aware, gymnastics is all about balance, strength, flexibility, agility, coordination, and endurance. It depicts the high use of overall body muscles. 

Some of the very common injuries to prevail in this sports are wrist fractures, cartilage damage, and anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tears.

Even their small injuries later amount to be a big deal which results in low bone density. 

To date, one death has been recorded from this sport. Gymnast, Julissa D’Anne Gomez fell into a vaulting accident that left her a quadriplegic. Sadly, she eventually died due to her injury. 

7) Racing 

We have raced in many forms; with horses, cars, motorbikes, or cycles. All of them are one of the most vicious sports we indulge in.

If we talk about horse racing, it brings equal impact to the horses as it does with humans. 

As per the sources, an average of ten horses dies every week. Glancing at supercars or bike racing, they speed up to 200+ mph. The speed at that limit is insanely crazy.

Of course, there are several safety measures used, however, numerous face car crashes.

Also, over forty deaths have been recorded in sports in just two decades. Additionally, they face nearly 220 crashes every year.

As for the bike racing, they had about 84,000 injuries in a year. No wonder, it took one of the top spots on our ‘Most Dangerous Sports’ list. 

6) Big Wave Surfing

Injury rate: 2.2 injured people in every 1,000

It is an action of surfing that’s done at a strong current of the ocean. Indeed their depth level results in several fatal injuries and even deaths at times.

Some of the big waves that surfers indulge themselves in can push them down till 20 to 50 feet (about 6.2 m to 15.5 m). 

Consequently, some of the common injuries they face are to the leg, the head and face, the back, and the shoulder and arm. Among them, most of the injuries they faced are on their legs. 

5) Rugby 

Injury rate: average of 1,200 injuries per year

One of the highly enjoyed and paid sports in the world is rugby. Although this sports amount to huge excitement, it also is one of the deadliest sports. 

Most of the injuries are concussions or brain-related. As per the sources, one out of four players get injured every season.

Some of the other common injuries rugby players face are hamstring muscle injuries, ankle sprains, head injuries, shoulder injuries, and thumb injuries. 

4) Bull Riding

Injury rate: average of 32.2 injuries among 1000

Often mentioned to as “the most dangerous eight seconds in sports,” bull riding is different as per different traditions in different countries. It is also termed as a sport more dangerous than football and rugby. 

As a fact, bull riding results in major injuries, mainly concussions. Also, the injuries are common however, fatal injuries occur rarely. Up until now, there have been three deaths recorded from this sport. 

As players fall from the bull they are riding, some bulls stomp on the players. 

3) Helicopter Skiing 

Injury rate: 600,000 people every year

Yes, skiing with the help of a helicopter rather than a ski lift. Nothing much could go wrong unless the athletes aren’t careful, they could face muscular and skeletal types of injuries.

Once in Alaska, heli-ski crash killed five people, including Czech Republic’s richest man. Also, the primary concern with this sport is the avalanche. 

2) Boxing 

Injury rate: 7 deaths per year

Highly played and entertaining sport, boxing is deadly in the meantime. Well, you can imagine yourself in the ring alongside big bulky fighters hitting you across the face.

Not a scene to fantasize about, indeed. 

Well, safety gears and protective gloves have been developed over years, still, injuries are common in the octagon. If we go for the number of deaths from the sport, just between 1890 and 2019, there are 1,876 recorded deaths. 

Similarly, in July 2019, Maxim Dadashev died after suffering from a brain injury during a fight against Subriel Matias. He was just 28 at the time. 

Besides 15% to 40% of boxers face chronic brain injury and almost half of the professional boxers struggle with dementia.

Overall, boxers are prone to face severe neural problems later in their life such as Parkinson’s or Alzheimer’s disease. 

1) Mountaineering

Injury rate: 3,023 to 3,816 injuries every year

One of the hardest tasks, mountaineering is one of the deadliest of them all. It also includes extreme weather conditions that a climber has to deal with. 

As per the sources, 5.6 injuries occur per 10,000 hours of mountaineering. Not to mention, one also faces about 30 deaths every year. In the meantime, some people go missing for years. 

A simple misstep can lead them to fall on their death. 

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Herewith this sums up our list of the most dangerous sports, have a quick look at the summary.

MountaineeringBoxingHelicopter SkiingBull RidingRugbyBig Wave SurfingRacingGymnasticLugeBase Jumping


Overall, let’s add an extra dose of fun facts regarding sports. We all have known, cheerleading to be one of the beautiful synchronizations of their balance and skills.

Well, as many might not believe, that beautiful performance can also be a deadly one if jot done right.

As per the statistics, 66% of college and high school females face catastrophic injuries from it. 

It is indeed, one of the roughest sports that has lead to a single death to date. Anyways, with this, we conclude the list.

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