Sports are a great way to get exercise, but they are not always without risk. In the search of thrills and physical excellence, some athletes might put themselves in harm’s way. They climb mountains, speed down steep hills, run into each other full force, and many more dangerous feats. The sports on this list can cause practitioners serious injury and even death if any accident should occur. That’s why extra caution, proper training, and safety equipment are required before these dangerous sports are attempted. Here are Health Fitness Revolution’s Top 10 Most Dangerous Sports:
- Bull Riding Just as an f1 driver risks his neck every time he straps up, a bull-rider exposes him or herself to danger every rodeo. Riders attempt to tame a 1,800-pound animal that has been prodded into seething anger. With no safety equipment and only a rodeo clown to draw away the sharp horns, bull riding is the most dangerous 8 seconds in sports.
- Boxing An obvious inclusion on the list, practitioners of this martial art risk decreased brain function, particularly if they start boxing at an early age and have a long career. One study found that boxing caused “volume reduction in certain areas of the brain and reduced connectivity between the basal ganglia and other regions of the brain.”
- Football American football has come under intense scrutiny in recent years for putting its players at risk for serious brain damage and head trauma. We’ve know about the risk for broken bones and bruised bodies since the earliest days of the sport, and in 2012 there were 394,350 football injuries in the US. But the emergence of information that football causes a risk for CTE, a degenerative brain disease similar to Alzheimer’s, is alarming.
- Auto Racing Breakneck speeds, sharp turns, and large masses of metal can equal tragedy for practitioners of this sport. While car safety has improved dramatically in recent decades, auto racing can still be a very dangerous sport and needs to be approached with caution.