Top 10 most dangerous sports in the world, ranked

Are you craving a thrill? Well, hold onto your hats. These are the ten most dangerous sports in the world.

While some people prefer the more laid-back approach, many of us thrive on an adrenaline rush and crave the feeling of testing fate.

From everyday school sports to more hair-raising adventure activities, you’d be surprised what finds itself on the list of the ten most dangerous sports in the world.

10. Horseriding – an elegant image, but dangerous sport

Horseriding has an elegant image but it is actually very dangerous.
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Indeed, horseriding may be an old-school sport. Often associated with those in higher standing, the traditional mode of transport evolved into a timeless hobby for many over the centuries.

What you may not know, however, is that horseriding is considered one of the most dangerous sports in the world.

9. Motorbike racing – the highspeed endeavour

Motorbike racing is one of the most dangerous sports in the world.
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Motorbike racing is a deadly sport. With little other than a few layers of leather and a helmet to protect you from the ground, to fall would be a nasty fate.

Motorbiker racers often exceed speeds of 160 km/hour (100 miles/hour). So, as you can imagine, this sport is deemed highly dangerous.

8. Boxing – a ring sport

Boxing is known for creating injuries.
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Boxing is an age-old sport that sees two people play it out in a ring. Armed with their fists and a pair of boxing gloves, it’s the epitome of a contact sport.

With blows to the face and head on repeat, it comes as no surprise that boxing is considered one of the most dangerous sports in the world.

7. Rugby – a dangerous school sport

Rugby is one of the most dangerous sports in the world.
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Although rugby is a common school sport played by children, it is actually one of the most dangerous, world over.

The game consists of two teams, each of 15 players, smashing into each other with their mighty force for nothing shy of 80 minutes a pop.

6. Climbing – a battle with the elements

Climbing proves to be a battle with the elements.
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Climbing, as well as mountaineering, are some of the most deadly sports you can engage with.

Battling with the elements and engaging so profusely with the rugged environment is bound to have its associated dangers. Still, you may be surprised to know that there are about 150 climbing-related deaths per year and hundreds of more injuries and missing person cases.

5. Car racing – a trendy sport

Car racing is one of the most dangerous sports in the world.
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Car racing has been around since the invention of automobiles, but the introduction of Formula 1 racing has thrust this dangerous sport into the world’s eye.

Now quite a trendy sport, you often hear of people taking car racing outside of the professional arena, onto backstreets and suburban areas.

It’s not uncommon to read of deaths and dismemberment of both the drivers, passengers, and innocent bystanders due to this.

4. Skiiing – an alpine adventure sport

Skiing is an alpine adventure sport.
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Skiing is primarily a mode of transport, but its significance as a hobby and sport has been prevalent for generations.

Although the sport first originated in Scandinavia, its beginnings well predate this. In fact, some scholars locate its origins in ancient China. Today, this is the most popular winter sport, and people flock to colder climates annually to give it a whirl.

3. Big wave surfing – a dance with death

Big wave surfing is one of the most dangerous sports in the world.
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Surfing, even on four-foot (1.2-metre) waves, is quite the experience. The weight of the wave, the feeling when you fall under, smashed by the swell – it’s an experience that won’t soon be forgotten.

Now, just think about big wave surfing.

This craze, which is certainly one of the most dangerous sports in the world and proves popular in places like Australia and California, consists of daredevil surfers tackling some of the biggest waves in the world.

The Brazillian surfer, Maya Gabeira, holds the Guinness World Record for the largest wave surfed at 73.5 foot (22 metres).

2. Base jumping – the daredevil dive

Basejumping is not for the fainthearted.

Base jumping is another one of the most dangerous sports in the world.

In this adventure activity, thrill-seekers jump from the top of extreme precipices – buildings, bridges, cliffs, etc. First, they enjoy a significant period of freefall and eventually, they deploy their parachute, then drift safely back to earth.

The sport, which has roots as far back as 1617, is not newfound, but its popularity has become a worldwide viral phenomenon in recent decades.

1. Bull Riding – the rodeo sport

Bull riding is one of the most dangerous sports in the world.
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A bull is a mighty beast. So, as you can imagine, if you put a rider on top of it, you’re in for a serious hair-raising spectacle.

Popular across the U.S.A., the goal of bull riding is for the rider to stay on for as long as physically possible before being, inevitably, thrown off.

The real threat comes when the rider is flung from the bull. As you might expect, the bull is rarely in a good mood after being ridden.

Paris Donnatella Callan
Paris Donnatella Callan is an avid writer and traveller. From a young age, nomadic parents placed a strong emphasis on education in real experience and the outdoors - a trait which has carried through her life and into her career. She has travelled Europe, Africa, America, Asia and Australia and still claims that wanderlust tempts her daily. Saying that she believes Ireland - her homeland - is the most enchanting place she has ever been and is passionate about documenting the Emerald Isle. Chances are, you can find her drinking coffee in some hidden gem cafe in Dublin, planning her next big trip.

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