Any sport has an element of risk – even playing snooker you could definitely take your eye out (or someone else’s). However snooker is still not normally considered that risky and there are those sports definitely considered to be more dangerous than others. Here we will look at what the top 10 most dangerous sports are.
If you were expecting this top 10 most dangerous sports list to be filled with macho sports or extreme activities like surfing or skiing. Surprise then that one of the top 10 most dangerous sports is in fact cheerleading – but it makes sense when you think that they get thrown in the air, build human towers and have to do multiple spins and flips while air-born.
9. Horse Riding
Horse riding is one of the top 10 most dangerous sports though it is seldom classed as such. Like motorbike riding you are travelling at great speeds while doing jumps, but at the same horse riders are much higher up and have the unpredictable nature of the horses to contend with.
8. Bull Riding
So if horse riding makes it into the top 10 most dangerous sports, then of course bull riding has to. Like horse riding minus the tame essentially friendly animal and plus a pair of great horns.
7. Cave Diving
There are many things that can go wrong with cave diving in which you are lost in dark winding caves metres below the surface of the sea and relying on your equipment not to fail with a finite amount of oxygen. Not to mention the abundance of unfriendly sea creatures you could meet in some caves… Any diving is really quite dangerous, but cave diving has to take the prize as the most risky and the position on our top ten most dangerous sports list.
6. Rock Climbing
If you are sensible in rock climbing it is possible to avoid it being as dangerous as it could be. However it still makes the list of the top ten most dangerous sports as there are many related deaths each year. If you want to see some really daring-do then search for ‘free soloing’ on YouTube.
In particular the Isle of Man TT event wins this position in the top ten most dangerous sports and over the last hundred years there have been over 220 deaths in this event alone (so it still beats horse riding…).
Boxing causes around 10 deaths per year, but it also causes a lot of injuries and can do long term damage. Boxing made the list of top 10 most dangerous sports over UFC because it is actually in some ways more dangerous and more likely to cause injury. The fact that you have no pads on your fists in UFC means that too many hard blows to the face will break your knuckles – whereas it’s the face and head that take most of the battering in boxing.
3. Free Running
The latest urban craze that sees people leaping between buildings stories up with no harnesses and doing back flips off of telephone boxes onto concrete is of course one of the top 10 most dangerous sports in the world.
2. Base Jumping
If everything goes well with base jumping then you should be fine. However in some rare cases the chute fails to open and in that scenario there is nothing you can do to prevent a sudden meeting with terra-firma.
Anything that involves jumping out of a helicopter is going to be dangerous and skiing is also responsible for many deaths and injuries per year. Thus heli-skiing, which involves jumping out of a helicopter to land on skis on the side of a mountain… tops off our top ten most dangerous sports in the world.