Sports is an activity that we do for fun and recreation when we have spare time or we are bored. In modern times however, we have adapted sports as a complete profession. But there are some sports that have a high degree of danger involved. So here we have compiled a list of Top 10 Most Dangerous Sports out there. These are the sports that have a high risk of severe injuries involved.
10. Ice Hockey:
Ice hockey is a hockey-derived sport played by skaters, using sticks, who try to put rubber puck into opponent’s goal. Although a quite popular sport in countries such as Canada, Latvia and Sweden etc, it is prone to many head-related injuries.
As players are moving around at 30-45 kph and often engage in physical contact with each other, Head, Face and Scalp are among the most frequently injured areas. Another reason behind injuries is that protection equipment can give players a false sense of security. In case of injury, even a small cut can draw a lot of blood. Most of the injuries occur when a player is in contact with other player, puck or stick blade, etc.
Simply defining, it is an action-packed sport which involves riding and performing tricks using a Skateboard. Whether you consider it as a sport, a free-time recreational act or a job is up to you. But you should be aware about its serious potential damages.
Since it is a sport that requires great reflexes and high-speed movements, any sort of mistiming or distraction can cause collision or fall. Main injury that can happen in above cases is Head injury. Just imagine its frequency with the fact that 50% of injuries that happen to Skateboarders is Head injury.
Rugby is a football game that emerged from Rugby School during 19th century. It is a very high-level contact game and sometimes heavy collision also occurs. So much risk is involved that some people are left wondering that Is it too much dangerous to play?
Talking about its dangers, Rugby has potentially two very dangerous rules. First there is no substitution. Unless a player is seriously injured, Referee can’t stop play. Second, there is no blocking. A player with ball receives no protection from his teammates (without including the exception of NFL).
For those who don’t know, Lacrosse is a contact sport played between two teams using a long-handle stick called Lacrosse Stick and a small rubber ball. Objective of this game is to put ball in opposition’s goal as many times as possible. Although not globally, but it is a quite popular sport in North America, particularly Canada. It is believed to be played by Native Americans since 11th century.
An even more lesser-known fact about Lacrosse is that it is one of the most fatal sports out there. Lacrosse players have a high risk of Commotio Cordis – a medical condition in which a sudden blow to someone’s chest can disrupt heartbeat rhythm and can cause Cardiac Arrest.
Wrestling is a combat sport which involves grappling techniques like throws, take downs, pins and holds, etc. A wrestling bout is a fight between two such wrestlers. As its roots date as back as Ancient Greece, it has many different form and each form has its different set of rules.
Although wrestling has many advantages like physical and aerobic training and stamina building. Here are some key points you should consider before doing some Wrestling stuff. Wrestlers are likely to have Back Injuries when they are thrown, even more if mat have less-than-enough cushioning. Or if unfortunately you land on your head, shoulder and knees, you are even more prone to injuries.
In 2007, Chris Benoit murdered his wife and his seven-year-old son before committing suicide. Later on, it was revealed that his brain resembled that of an 85-year old Alzheimer’s patient and he suffered from a medical condition Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) as a result from massive Brain Damage.
Gymnastics is a sports in which exercises are performed which requires flexibility, grace, control, agility, balance, power and much more. Some gymnastics include Rhythmic gymnastics, tumbling, Acrobatic gymnastics etc. As gymnasts look very good to all of us, there are a few harsh realities of this apparently good sport.
As preparation for a gymnasts starts at a pretty young age, some gymnasts have to sacrifice many aspects of their life in order to make a name in this sport. First of all a large number of Gymnasts have the risk of Stunted growth. Especially in young girls, Puberty is delayed or they might have irregular Menstruation if they are doing some gymnastics. The reason behind stunted growth are Excessive Diet, Over-training and of course Extreme Stress.
Besides Stunted Growth, another risk involved in Gymnastics is Eating disorder. As Gymnastics coaches pressure players, especially female (here again), to achieve required Athleticism. Consequently they do Extensive Diet to lose weight and in process, get many dangerous eating disorders such as Bulimia and Anorexia. As Eating Disorders cast effects on other Systems of our body. Thus these disorders can also cause other problems related to Cardiovascular, Endocrine, Respiratory system, etc.
Like Wrestling, Boxing is a combat sport in which two opponents check each other’s Reflexes, Endurance and Stamina by throwing punches at one another (with gloved hands). Although considered as a “Men’s sport” for courage and stamina it requires, recently it is widely regarding as a sport that should be discouraged.
Critics say that a sport whose main focus is to damage someone’s body – particularly his brain, cannot be considered as noble.
Main medical condition many boxers fear is Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE). This causes Progressive Memory Problems, Slowness in Movement and Personality change. Other than that, Excessive Blows to head can Cut Face and directly impact Bruised part. Large hemorrhage causes boxers to fall into comas and occasionally die while fighting.
3. Bull Riding:
Bull Riding is one of the many Rodeo sports, in which a rider gets on top of the bull and attempts to stay there as long as possible (8 second is limit in America), while Bull tries to Buck him/her off. As obvious, it is a very risky sport.
In a research published in 2012, it was reported that among Australian Rodeos, injuries that occurs during bull riding are 10% brain injuries, 15% chest injuries and 52% limbs injuries. It was also reported that 64% (almost 2-out-of-3) of those injuries required Surgery of some kind. A typical injury occurs if a Rodeo is Stepped On or kicked by a running Bull.
Skiing is a winter-sport, in which a participant glides on snow using his Skis. Although it looks cool and thrilling, it is very a dangerous sport. It is the frequency and the after-effects of injuries that is very alarming.
In late 2013, 7-time Formula One Winner Michael Schumacher got injured while Skiing with his 14-year old son in Méribel resort, France. He got some serious head injuries and remained into coma for more than 6 months. In November 2014, it was reported that he is “Paralyzed and on Wheel-Chair”. Before that, in March 2012, Ski Cross star Nick Zoricic died in an event in Grunewald, Switzerland. Just two days before that, a female athlete Sarah Burke was killed during a training accident in Utah.
Main injury prone areas in Skiing are joint-areas like elbows, knees etc.
1. Mixed Martial Arts – Most dangerous Sport in World:
Also Known as MMA, Mixed Martial Arts is combat sport that allows both opponents to use Striking and Grappling techniques. Most injured areas in this sports is head, wrists and hands whereas most frequent types of injuries are Laceration, Fracture and Concussion.
Besides physical injuries, there are many mental and psychological injuries related to this sport. According to a recent study, it is reported that fighters more than twelve years of experience have their Hippocampus and Thalamus reduced and have problems such as memory loss.