Top 10 Most Dangerous Sports in the World

Sports may be a time of joy and amusement for everyone involved, from the players to the viewers, but injuries and even death can occasionally throw a shadow.

Indeed, a life of glamor and glam does not provide us with constant pleasure and contentment. That is why we have sports: to provide thrills and suspense in our otherwise mundane lives.

It should come as no surprise that any sport that involves a lot of physical contact has a risk factor. But which of these do you think is the most dangerous? Here are ten of the most dangerous sports in the world, ranging from extreme sports like base jumping to well-known ones like football.

10. Luge

Injury rate: average of 407 injuries per annum.


Luge can take several forms, including ice, track, and road. The ice would be the most deadly of them all. It refers to all gravity-based sports in which the athlete lies down on a longboard and rides it.

As a fun fact, the board moves up to the speed of 140 km/h (87 mph) (87 mph). It puts you at risk of overworking your muscles and losing your equilibrium.

Although there have been no deaths to date, it does expose competitors to catastrophic injuries, making it one of the most risky sports to participate in.

Luges, as compared to skeletons, are significantly more hazardous. Luge athlete Nodar Kumaritashvili died from the sport on the opening day of the 2010 Winter Olympics in Canada.

9. Gymnastics

Injury rate: 100,000 injuries per year.


Gymnastics is all about balance, strength, flexibility, agility, coordination, and endurance, as we all know. It illustrates the extensive utilization of the entire body’s muscles.

Wrist fractures, cartilage damage, and anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tears are all relatively common injuries in this sport.

Even minor injuries later compound to become major problems, resulting in inadequate bone density.

This sport has resulted in only one death to far. Julissa D’Anne Gomez, a gymnast, was quadriplegic after a vaulting accident. Sadly, she died as a result of her injury.

8. Rugby

Injury rate: average of 1,200 injuries per year.


Rugby is one of the most popular and well-paid sports in the world. Although this sport generates a lot of excitement, it is also one of the most dangerous.

Concussions and brain injuries account for the majority of the injuries. Every season, one out of every four players is injured, according to sources.

Hamstring muscle injuries, ankle sprains, head injuries, shoulder injuries, and thumb injuries are all typical ailments suffered by rugby players.

7. Helicopter Skiing

Injury rate: 600,000 people every year.


Heli skiing is downhill skiing that takes place off the beaten path and is only accessible by helicopter. It’s about skiing in natural settings without the effort of hiking to these locations. Powder snow, natural terrain characteristics, long descents, smooth corn snow, old-growth tree glades, and steep lines are what most heli skiers seek.

Yes, instead of using a ski lift, you can ski with the help of a helicopter. Nothing much could go wrong until the sportsmen aren’t careful, they could encounter muscle and skeletal forms of problems.

A heli-ski collision in Alaska killed five people, including the richest man in the Czech Republic. Also, the biggest concern with this sport is the avalanche.

6. Running of the Bulls

Injury rate: on average, 50 athletes die each year.


The celebration of San Fermin, or the running of the bulls as it is more often known, takes place in Pamplona, Spain on July 6th.

Originally, it served as a means of transporting bulls from their breeding grounds to the bull arena, where they were murdered. To show off their bravery, kids would leap in beside the bulls. It evolved into a festival with music, dancing, and markets throughout time.

The run begins with the first two rockets and ends with the third and fourth rockets, indicating the bulls’ entry into the bull-ring.

The risks of running with bulls are unimaginable. Every year, between 50 and 100 individuals are harmed as a result of goring, asphyxiations, crowding that leads to suffocating, and even being crushed by bulls.

5. Base Jumping

Injury rate: on average, 25 athletes die each year as a result of their injuries.


Base jumping is similar to sky diving in that participants would use parachutes to jump. Instead of jumping off of planes, they do it from high buildings. They leap from one fixed item to another, as the name implies.

If you think jumping out of a plane at 15,000 feet is risky, think again. For many, this appears to be insufficiently tough, so they choose for cliffs and man-made items such as towers. Jumping from such heights may appear to be safer, but it is actually more difficult because to the lack of time available to deploy the parachutes or cope with any difficulties.

The abbreviation BASE refers to the kind of objects from which people jump. Buildings, Antennas (towers), Spans (or bridges), and Earth are all acronyms for the same thing (natural formations like cliffs, canyons, gorges, etc.). Carl Boenish created it in 1978, and it has gained in popularity since then.

Athletes participate in this sport for the adrenaline rush, which began in the late 1970s.

According to statistics, the injury rate per jump is 0.2-0.4 percent, with one out of every sixty participants predicted to die.

Many people are also harmed as a result of wingsuit faults. They also have a high chance of colliding with objects or the canopy while jumping.

The majority of base jumpers have sprains/fractures in their ankles, minor head traumas, or bruised knees.

Overall, it is more perilous than sky diving at the correct times.

4. Mountaineering

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


Mountaineering is one of the most difficult sports, as well as one of the most dangerous. Extreme weather conditions that a climber must contend with are also included.

According to the sources, there are 5.6 injuries per 10,000 hours of mountaineering. Not to mention the fact that roughly 30 people die each year. Meanwhile, other people go missing for years at a time.

A small blunder can send them tumbling to their deaths.

3. Boxing

Injury rate: 7 deaths per year as a result of injuries.


Boxing is a popular and enjoyable sport that is also deadly. Imagine yourself in the ring with a group of huge, burly warriors slamming you in the face.

Certainly not a scene to fantasize about.

Despite the fact that safety equipment and protective gloves have been created throughout the years, injuries in the octagon are still widespread. If we look at the number of deaths caused by the sport, there were 1,876 recorded deaths between 1890 and 2019.

It should come as no surprise that a contact sport where the participant’s main purpose is to punch his opponent results in injuries. According to statistics, 90 percent of boxers suffer brain injury during their careers. Later in life, they may be predisposed to diseases such as Parkinson’s or Alzheimer’s. Doesn’t it sound terrifying? However, with the correct protective gear, the chance of injury can be reduced.

2. Bull Riding

Injury Rate: The average number of injuries per 1000 people is 32.2.


Bull riding is sometimes said to as “the most risky and dangerous eight seconds game in sports,” although it varies depending on the traditions of different countries. It’s sometimes referred to be a sport that’s riskier than football or rugby.

Bull riding does, in fact, cause serious injuries, most notably concussions. In addition, while injuries are prevalent, fatalities are uncommon. So far, three people have died as a result of participating in this sport.

The run begins with the first two rockets and ends with the third and fourth rockets, indicating the bulls’ entry into the bull-ring.

Some bulls trample on the players as they fall from the bull they are riding.

1. Jallikattu


Jallikattu, also known as bull-taming, is another bull-related activity that takes place on a different continent and follows a separate set of regulations.

This is a sport in which only one winner emerges – man or bull – during the Pongal (thanksgiving for plentiful harvests) celebration in villages across Tamil Nadu.

To win, a player must hold on to the bull for a certain amount of time or distance, while another variation of the game involves the bull being released into an open field and the competitors attempting to subdue it. The risks are numerous, and during the last two decades, up to 200 people have died as a result of this sport.

The sport has also been prohibited in the country as a result of animal rights groups’ concerns about the cruelty meted out to the animals.

Here’s a quick recap of the top 10 most dangerous sports in the world:

  1. Jallikattu
  2. Bull Riding
  3. Boxing
  4. Mountaineering
  5. Base Jumping
  6. Running of the Bulls
  7. Helicopter Skiing
  8. Rugby
  9. Gymnastic
  10. Luge


Overall, let’s throw in a few more sports-related entertaining facts. Cheerleading is one of the most beautiful synchronizations of their balance and skills, as we all know.

Well, as many people may not realize, that lovely performance can also be lethal if done well.

According to statistics, 66 percent of females in college and high school suffer catastrophic injuries as a result of it

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