Top 10 safest sports in the world, ranked

Whether you want to safeguard your health or simply care to play it on the secure side, these are the ten safest sports in the world.

From some of the most popular sports in the world to more niche games, these are the ten safest sports in the world.

Although the concept of the most dangerous sports in the world is a tune well tooted, the opposite end of the spectrum is seldom explored.

10. Basketball – a worldwide ball game

Basketball is a popular sport.
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This two-team court sport consists of five players on each side battling it out to shoot the ball in the opposing team’s hoop. The game, which originated in 1891 in Massachusetts, U.S.A., is today a world sport and one of the safest going.

Although it is a contact sport, and injuries do happen, in comparison to others in this category (like American Football or Rugby), it’s a walk in the park.

9. Football – the most popular sport in the world

Football is one of the safest sports in the world.
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Football is the world’s most popular sport, with an estimated 3.5 billion fans worldwide.

Like basketball, as mentioned above, football is a contact sport, so naturally, accidents do happen.

Saying that, it is overall seen as a safe sport, and once players abide by the rules and have a good referee in the game, the chance of real danger is slim to nil.

8. Tennis – a racket game

Tennis is a popular game.
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Tennis is a popular sport that dates back to the 19th-century in England, U.K. Consisting of two players who hit a ball over the net, back and forth, this simple game is unsurprisingly one of the world’s safest sports.

With fewer recorded injuries than other top sports games, it steals a spot on our list of the ten safest sports in the world.

7. Swimming – a safe school sport

Swimming is one of the safest sports in the world.
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Swimming is another safe sport. It is considered one of the safest school activities in America that can be enjoyed across the curriculum.

It is worth noting, though, that inexperienced swimmers or swimmers in unsupervised or wild environments can find themselves dabbling with danger. Over 320,000 people die each year from drowning worldwide.

6. Baseball – a popular bat-and-ball game

Baseball is a safe sport to play.
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Baseball is a sport whose origins are disputed. While some accounts state that it comes from England, others say it’s an all-American game.

The simple bat-and-ball sport consists of two teams playing it out on a pitch. A slow sport with those in the firing line well equipped with padded garb, baseball is one of the safest sports in the world.

5. Cycling – a great cardio sport

Cycling is one of the safest sports in the world.
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Cycling is a great, safe cardio sport that can be enjoyed with friends, a team or solo.

The sport soon evolved after the bicycle was invented in the 19th-century, and now today, over half the entire world’s population can ride a bike.

4. Volleyball – especially safe on the sand

Volleyball is a very safe game.
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Like Basketball, Volleyball first originated in Massachusetts in the 1890s (1895, to be specific).

The sport consists of two teams of six players each. The court is split with a net down the middle, and the goal of each team is to hit the ball over the other side, to touch down on the floor.

With little contact amongst players and a soft court, which often comprises sand, volleyball is one of the world’s safest sports.

3. Running – a solo sport

Running is one of the safest sports in the world.
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Running is a popular sport which is most often enjoyed solo.

While there are certain precautions that every runner should respect to stay safe (for example, running in daylight, facing oncoming traffic, on a footpath or hard shoulder etc.), there are some common injuries associated with the sport. These tend to include afflictions to the knees, legs, and ankles.

2. Golf – a leisurely game

Golf is a leisurely game.
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Golf is a classic club-and-ball sport that has been around since the 15th-century.

As it’s a low-impact, no-contact sport, it comes with little chance for injury, and golf finds itself high on our list of safest sports in the world.

1. Table tennis – a sport as safe as they come

Table tennis is one of the safest sports in the world.
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Another non-contact sport that tops our list of the world’s safest sports is table tennis. Originating in England in the 19th-century, table tennis is now played world-over and was even introduced into the Olympics in 1988.

With all that being said, like any high-speed sports, injuries can happen. So, always remember to warm up before a match and follow safety regulations.

Paris Donnatella Callan
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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