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Most Dangerous Sports

Usman Maqsood
Written by Usman Maqsood

Dangerous Sports

Humans have very unique trends built-in their nature. The opportunities either refine them or exaggerate them adversely in extremes of good and bad, love and hate, selflessness and selfishness, and above all the ultimate intolerance of others and self suicidal. It is noticed that the more developed societies are adopting extreme positions in their lifestyles. The less fortunate societies generally prefer midway options or have no choice at all.

The Old and Modern Sports: People had less mechanization and communication facilities and therefore less leisure. The sports encouraged fair play and had well defined safety standards. The basic idea behind was to promote physical fitness and a healthy body for all age groups. Latter more competitions induced professional players. The games then lost their calm atmosphere. Today some most advanced societies are encouraging very rough and pain inflicting trends in their most popular sports and games that kill hundreds of participants every year. We must THINK to find the causes and again THINK how to reduce these damaging trends.

The modern space and computer age has increased the development pace faster than the societies, as a whole, can really adjust to or fully understand its utilization, accept a few. The new technologies are promoting tremendous convenience in our lifestyles. The priority goals are being achieved much quicker, than a century earlier such as a house, stable handsome income, distant travelling in no time, ample leisure time and all worldly enjoyments that are accessible to all including wealth, women and wine. Fulfillment of basic needs leave nothing more to be desired in the developed world.

The human nature is also designed to promote self-prominence, self-respect, to be ranked top class, to lead others, to race ahead of others and to achieve the ultimate feats that stay recorded unbeaten for long. More recently devilish selfish trends have propped up To DICTATE and ACQUIRE, what is desired by ‘Hook or by Crook’. This attains personal satisfaction and is the result of the increasing leisure time that keeps the mind VACANT for long and renders it devils’ playground. The devil knows all intricate tricks to fool us and lead us to our self destruction.

The Japanese have an increasing trend of committing suicides. Having satisfied all the worldly desires and nothing more to achieve, they consider it the bravest act. The dangerous sports and life-risking exposures of ourselves to the extremes for the sake of momentary pleasures and “CHANGE”, means the same. We have nothing more to achieve, so who cares what happens.

Base Jumping

This is the most dangerous of sports to participate in. The person has no control or check on his performance. All depends on the parachute. Jumpers are simply blind-betting their life on whether the chute opens or not. The result could only be a safe landing or sure death. Statistics show that base jumping has consumed over 180 lives since start around 1980.

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BAJA 1000 (Mexico and California)

The dune buggies, motorcycles and hundreds of non-conventional vehicles experience a 24 hour dune bump ride that includes numerous blind turns, channel crossing, wild terrain and unlimited thrills of the rugged and unfriendly track that stretches across 1000 miles. The   cheering viewers also increase the menace by ditches and throwing objects on the track course. The film “Dust and GLORY” illustrates the horrors faced by the racing drivers and their companions. The few surviving vehicles and humans show signs of extreme shake-up to a near breakup condition.

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Iditarod

Iditarod is also known as the “Last Great Race”. The rough Alaskan ice terrain is always changing its shape across the 1150 miles track that crosses mountains, tundra, and snow forests. The Dog-sled racers face temperatures of minus 50 degrees and strong cold winds. The organizers of this brutal race simply ignore the high count of the dogs that die during the races. The race participants suffer snow-bites, bruised or broken ribs, and legs, broken bones and concussions. Seldom people finish the race unsheathed. So far only about 700 people have reached the FINISH LINE while Mount Everest has been surpassed by more people.

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Isle Of Man Tourist Trophy, Isle of man, U.K.

The high speed motorcycle race is run along the narrow pathways, streets and stone lined tracks of the 33 miles-by-13 miles island. In 1907 the original track was designed for bicycle racing. Latter on the motorcycles were introduced. The modern fast racing machines have made it very hazardous as the old fashioned tracks cannot accommodate the super speeds and this is why about 200 racers have lost their lives so far.

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Rugby

The world’s most roughest and brutal contact sport has the least protective gear. This is regarded as the maximum injury prone game. The vicious tackling produces far more broken bones, torn muscles and concussions than even marshal arts. The totally absorbed players don’t stop till exhausted by injuries.

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Cave Diving

The diver dives down about 100 feet into an unknown pitch completely at the mercy of the conditions underneath the surface. The base-jumper’s safe landing depends on the parachute opening while cave divers’ return depends upon what he discovers below. The risks range from spinal-cord, brain and lungs failure, breathing problems besides unfriendly creatures’ attach. Reportedly over 500 have died since the first such dive in 1960.

Rock Climbing

Rock climbing is a very tough and courageous sport but carries a high death toll rate. The spirits and strength are at the optimum level when ascending. These are at the lowest level when descending. The slippery tracks and climatic changes and fatigue make retrieve hazardous. Medical help is almost impossible up there while helicopter assistance is always uncertain. The insurance classification rates this sport at category 5 which is next to naked knife sports. About 20 lives are claimed each year in the U.S.A. alone.

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Lawn Bowls

Lawn Bowls is a really popular men and women’s game but most dangerous as well. This game is the highest death claimer worldwide. The players are deeply involved in the game till their last breath. They stop at nothing short of victory, in their pursuit. Those who escape death end up with bruises, torn knees, broken hips and bone fractures. The game generates extreme stresses resulting in strokes and even heart attach.

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Big Wave Surfing

Wave surfing is great fun and gives unlimited achievement joy. Surfers with a lot of guts and high level of alertness can only risk riding the giant 50 feet water walls. These monster waves can off-set life for miles deep into the coastlines. The huge force can kill the surfers or burry them deep underwater to drown or smash onto hidden rocks. If the board-hinge sticks they are pulled along with a force that can bulldoze complete house structures in seconds. Often sharks are drawn in that increases the hazards. People regard big wave surfing as very dangerous by bikini-clad girls and their rescuers, when wave intensity persists. Most of the rescued survivors stay paralyzed for months, if lucky to avoid sharks.

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Bull Riding

Bull riding was entirely associated with Old Western Ranching activities. In the beginning fairs and some sort of cattle/bull gymnastics laid the basis of the bull riding that we see today. This sport is painful for the animal as its genitals are tied to make it more ferocious. The bull exhausts its energy by hurling its 1700 lbs. weight twisting, leaping and tossing the rider, at times 10 feet up in the air. The rider’s abilities reflect how he manures his fall whether back on the animal or on the one inch layer of dust cushion on the ground. The ultimate fate of the rider depends on the posture of landing. He is lucky if he does not hit the ground flat or get locked on the horns for another big toss. At times the bull gives a horrible chase when the rider lands upright within its reach. Breaking of jaws, ribs and collar-bones is quite common. The other participants help divert the bull’s attention otherwise this sport would involve much bloodshed of the riders.

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Cheerleading

The past few decades have seen development of a new joyful but risky trend in sports. The morale lifting is entrusted to dancing girls grouped just outside the field lines. They jump into action at the slightest advantage taken by their team. These girls in skimpy outfits cannot feel the danger instantly. All happens in seconds when team players chasing the ball suddenly change direction or the fast superstars are carried over by their shear body momentum and come banging into these fragile jumping dolls completely unprotected to bear such impacts. The result is obvious. Broken legs, ribs, spinal injuries and bruises are the most common. Reportedly about 20000 cheerleading girls suffer injuries every year worldwide. Much is needed by them safety-wise.

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High Altitude Climbing

The high summits have always been challenging and require extreme guts and committed determination to surpass the top 10 highest mountain peaks. Besides the usual climbing dangers, people often have to pass over frozen dead bodies on the way and on steeps, on valley glaciers and in the snow-rivers. Up there every step is final as the gravity also works against climbers. When you reach the top you can enjoy your success. Remember your work is only   half done and return will not be an easy trot. UV radiation can harm your eyesight and your this accomplishment can make you careless. One can never think of medical aid, physical rescue or even helicopter assistance which is always uncertain under fast changing climate. The fatality rate is declining but is around one dying for every six summits.

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Macau Grand Prix, Macau, China

There are two races organized and over 300 participants attend these events. The motorcycle event is held in the morning while the car race takes place in the evening. The tight city roads form the race track that involves extra thin turns making the whole affair the most dangerous. The riders get killed even in warm-up sessions.

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Volvo Ocean Race

The Volvo ocean race is the longest ocean race that covers about 39000 nautical miles in a nine month period. This is also known as the Endurance Challenge race. The tough and long journey through rough seas and oceans has no match. The participation is limited to 8 yachts. These pass freezing and chilling zones, near huge icebergs, encounter relentless and horrifying storms just to mention a few hazards. The race is arranged every three years and each time a new course is adopted. The Somalian pirates have posed another possible dangerous obstacle to it. The race organizers are taking all precautions for safety of the race.

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24 Hours Of Le Mans, Le Mans, France

Le Mans is the most dreadful of all the car races in the world. This race was initiated in 1923 and has claimed deaths over 130 so far. The race strategy stresses on the high speed and the number of miles each driver travels in 24 hours. Track-rounds are of lesser consideration. The winners are placed in different categories by classification. In 1955 a Mercedes-Benz driver Pierre Levegh crashed his car into the spectators stand killing himself and 83 visitors, causing major deaths.

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Usman Maqsood

Usman Maqsood

Usman is the Chief Editor of World’s Ultimate and an occasional content writing, Usman is a professional and qualified fashion designer and a hobby blogger. Holding an outgoing and dynamic personality and loves to travel the world and to explore new experiences. He has over 10 years of experience in fashion industry and currently working in a Multi-National Group in Middle East.

28 Comments

  • “Lawn Bowls

    Lawn Bowls is a really popular men and women’s game but most dangerous as well. This game is the highest death claimer worldwide. The players are deeply involved in the game till their last breath. They stop at nothing short of victory, in their pursuit. Those who escape death end up with bruises, torn knees, broken hips and bone fractures. The game generates extreme stresses resulting in strokes and even heart attach.”

    What a load of old cobblers!!! The only reason there is such a high death rate among lawn bowlers is because no other individual sporting group has an AVERAGE AGE anywhere near as old … 72 years plus! The only reason they have “bruises, torn knees, broken hips and bone fractures” is because they overbalance after stepping on unplayed bowls while walking backwards off the mat, or during stepping up or down off the green when facing forwards, instead of stepping sideways over the ditch. It has absolutely nothing to do with the actual “playing of the game”.

    • Guys I’m going to have to disagree will every one of you. Overall I think Competitive Swimming is a dangerous sport. One time I was too close to the wall on my flip turn and I hit my head on the wall and almost Split my head wide open! So if you think Lawn Racing is dangerous try competitive swimming for a chance.

  • what about horseback riding??? more people die in eventing than auto racing!! no other sport requires controlling a 1,000+ animal with a mind of it’s own and you are going on about lawn bowling? have you seen the accidents that happen to people and horses? i would like to see you try it because 1 lesson and you will be complaining about sore legs!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • I think gymnastics is one of the most dangerous sports in the world, no one gets to catch you when you fall off a pyramid, if you make one little mistake, it can cost you your life.

  • What about the wave surfing. It looks like fun, but it is very hardest event. It needs guts. I think it is the most dangerous game.

  • No in gymastic is there anybody to catch you but your not 6,8 ft up in the air and one little wrong movement of the body can couse you to fall and yur backspotters and bases wont see it comeing becouse you are known to be very carefull and then you end up with a broken neck or a broken arm or something worse and shutup horse back riders how about you go and try cheerleading dont complain when you hurt your leg when you jumped to high or when you dont know what to do when the coach has explain or when you dont know the right counts cheerleading is a very hard sport and horse back riding is too babyish so suck it up horseback riders and learn your danm counts

    • First of all equestrians are not babyish I’m not saying cheer leading isn’t dangerous but horse back riding is one of the most dangerous sports it’s our job to make it look easy and there is a difference from sitting on a horse and riding a horse. And horse riders have a very high pain tolerance we fall 6 feet from the air going 35 miles per hour do we cry no we get back on so no we don’t need to suck it up

  • I am a bull rider and i just wanted to inform you that the rope that is ” across the bulls genitals.” arnt actually across its genitals the rope is actully across the bulls flank which is in front of its back legs more at the hip. And i agree that bull riding is dangerous since from the time i havbe started riding to now i have broke every rib in my body my left wrist 3 times my left wrist 2 times my elbow once and my shoulder once. Also i have laserated my kidney and had blood floating in my lungs.

    • Dear Brenton,
      where does it says “across the bulls genitals” in the article? Do let us know, so that we can fix it if mistaken.

  • i think the description of rugby is abit over exhaturated,its no way near the toughest contact sport in the world and broken bones or torn muscles basically nevr happen,it depends if you fall in a awkard postion. i play rugby and i’ve done martial arts before and martial arts is much much much harder thn rugby.

  • @sam

    Gee, I didn’t know controlling a 1,000lb animal with a mind of its own would be considered “babyish”. From the looks of your post, you’ve never actually ridden and took horseback riding lessons beside from going on a trail ride or a pony ride at a fair. If you lose your balance even for a split second, you face the possibility of falling on your head/breaking any bone in your body as well as being stepped on. The sport takes just as much skill and strength as cheer-leading/gymnastics, and if you think otherwise.. say that to a jockey or a professional horseback rider who jumps their horse 6ft.

  • I agree. Horseback riding is MUCH more dangerous that cheerleading. Not only to you fall from high up, but you fall when going at high speeds, and if a horse gets pissed… those things will kill you. these things arent your average trail horses. these are BIG, WILD, animals. I dont ride, I dont cheer, I play lacrosse, which is also pretty gosh darn rough, but I have seen cheer, and i have seen riding.

    With lacrosse… its survivable if you keep your head on a swivel and you can stay on your feet when someone hits you (easier said than done). But with the slap and poke checks ig theres not a lot you can do except take the bruises and breaks. Todays game, two people got knocked unconscious. In the last game, we stopped 12 seconds earlier when a guy got sandwhiched by two hard hitters and fractured his shoulder and got a concussion. He got taken off on a stretcher and woke up the next morning, not remembering hardly any of what happened…

  • BULL SHIT! Cheerleading?? really??? i understand how its dangerous but HOW THE F**K IS HORSEBACK NOT ON HERE!!!?!?!?!? buck, rear, spook, trip, slip, bolt, falls. people die and break things and fall oops i mean EVERYBODY every single person who takes lessons HAS fallen off. i know about a girl who died just by jumping bareback. gosh its not on here because people dont htink its a sport well u know what? bull shit to that!

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  • okay i am not trying to make fun any other sports or anything, but i just need to say that in gymnastics and cheerleading and all that stuff yes you can fall from great heights, injure yourself and others, etc, etc. but something i need to point out is that when we are horseback riding you are not just controlling your on body but you are trying to have you and the horse as one so that then and only then you can control the horse there are so many things to think about and if you just let one thing slip for a milisecond like all other sports it can be fatal. please think about how much we have to go through and so do other sorts but riders like us also fight against what is considered the “safe” way because there really is no “safe” way to do anything riding because everything has a major risk. in some other sports there is a “safe” or a “right” way but in horse riding there isn’t there is only good and bad good meaning:you survived and bad meaning:you didn’t make it and you will never find out if it was good or bad until you have finished whatever you were doing whether it was tackling a 5 foot water drop fence or half passing or pole bending or whatever you were doing. riding is in my and many others opinion the toughest sport and most dangerous sport.

  • oh and we also deal with injuries not just deaths we have to not only take care of our broken bones our dislocated shoulder etc etc before the next event we also have to take care of the horse and there injuries ice their legs, etc before we take care of ourselves. so that perosn on here that commented with “horse back riding is too babyish so suck it up horseback riders and learn your danm counts” hahahaa i would just love to see them ride a three day event then try to get out of the bed in the morning.

  • omg do you realize how stupid you sound “oh horses back riding is so baby-ish” my aunt was taken from this earth by riding last year
    So you HAVE no clue how much it pains me to hear you say that anyways with riding its not also about you its your horse and your horse ALWAYS COMES FIRST
    so take some riding lessons and than come back and comment

  • I’m not gonna lie, horseback riding is NOT that dangerous when you’re on a pony ride, taking beginning lesson, or just leisurely trail riding. That is NOT real horseback riding. I am a horseback riding who has been riding for 4 years now and have been through 4 big spooks, 2 minor ones, and plenty of times where a horse has tripped and you almost fall with it. Granted, in these 4 years of danger, I have not fallen off.

    So whoever said, “Oh horseback riding is so babyish learn your damn counts,” stop being an ignoramus pig. Oops, you probably don’t know what ignoramus means. I’m not knocking your sport of cheerleading, so don’t knock my sport. And a little FYI: We really don’t have “counts,” whatever you mean by that.

    I think we should all respect each other’s sports here because they all include dangers, hell even walking across the street is dangerous.

  • i think lots of these sports are dangerous… like im not going to disagress, but what about gymnastics? iv done cheerleading for 5 years both compitition and high school. iv also done gymnastic since i was 4, i am now 16 (12 years). The only reason any cheerleader gets hurt is normally bc they have learded a skill wrong or are messing around. sometimes it can be because of a mess up or fall… cheerleaders are lazy (normally. not all, but alot of them are). gymnasts on the onther hand work extremely had. sometimes more then 4 hours a day everyday. Or olympic gymnast… 7 hours a day, 2 hour schooling… gymnast flip in the air and do things that most people dont even know is possible. Maybe this should be checked in to more, because cheereading is number 11 and gmnastics isnt even on there… and dont forget this is coming from someone who has done both.

  • ive been in gymnastics since i was 4. I am now 17. i have broken both ankle, almost blown my knee, broken all of my fingers and toes, twisted and sprung both of my ankles and wrist… i have had stress fractures in my feet and ankles and not only that, i just had to quit because of my back and knee’s. i have seen girls break their backs and necks at gymnastics meets, also ive seen a girl blow her knee doing a full and many other injuries. just some things to look into. im sure gymnastics should be pretty far up there

  • oh, but i give lots of credit to horseback ridders, i have also done that along with cheer and gymnastics, and they are right it is very hard and i dont even compete, i just do it for fun… they do not only have to deal with them selves and fear and injuries, but also their horses. horses are very sinsitive (sorry if its spelled wrong) and will take advantige of that. they can since when the ridder is scared.. knowing they can now take controll wheather its a good thing or a bad thing, the horse will do it. horseback ridders have to deal with alot. not just them selves, but but an animal too ( a huge one too of all animals) so way to go horseback ridders 🙂

  • I am a horseback rider and it pains me to see the comments some people put. IN the last 2-3 years three people have lost their lives doing riding and two of the girls were 14! Cheerleading can be hard but most of the time its mistakes that can be prevented. I give props to all gymnasts escpecially thoose training for olympics who give away their lives to after their dream that can bee ruined by one fall. But i will admit horse riding is very dangerous. We spend years perfecting skills and deal with so many injuries and not to mention sore muscles. Plus one wrong move or shifting your postition can kill you and the horse. Everytime we sit in the saddle we risk our lifes but then again riding is ourlife. And people like Sam before you diss us think of people like Jessica Forsyth who was doing the thing she loved most which was jumping with her horse she would ide for and she fell and her horse accidentlycrushed her skull and broke her neck. R.I.P Jessica. So please keep your rude comments to yourself.

  • Hi,
    I do cheerleading, gymnastics and horseback riding. But there is another sport that i do that i think is way more dangerous than them all. Horse vaulting this is gymnastic on a moving horse. We do not wear helmets or anything just leotards and when you are doing your cantre freestyle on a 17hh horse you have every right to be scared. But i think the thing that makes it the worst, is team cantre freestyle this is when your vaulting team come up with moves that they can do together were you can have up to 3 people on the cantering horse at one time. And because horses have a mind of there own and are so unpredictable, it can spook, buck or rear anytime. But don’t worry the number one thing we are taught is to be considerate to the horse so we definately do not hurt them 🙂

  • The author should know that the base jumper’s skills have a great deal to do with his chance for survival. As well, some years ago, a thing called a wingsuit was invented, and continues to be developed. Ironically, as I understand it, Wingsuit flying is even more dangerous than basic base jumping.

    I do not pretend to be an authority on the subject yet the author of this article does! I would greatly appreciate an update on this article. Thanks.

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