The most dangerous sports in the world
Field hockey -
Field hockey players are often injured by contact with another player, the stick, or the ball itself. Some injuries include broken teeth and concussions.
American football -
American football is today recognized as one of the most dangerous sports out there.
A combination of surfing and skiing, snowboarding injuries can have dangerous consequences.
Calcio storico -
Italian for "historic soccer," calcio storico is an early form of soccer from the 15th century. It's played each year on June 24 in Florence, Italy.
While basketball might not seem like such a dangerous sport, you'd be surprised with the injuries sustained by professional athletes.
In its aim of attempting to subdue or kill the bull, bullfighting is by nature a violent sport that can be deadly for both the bull and the bullfighter.
Mixed martial arts (MMA) -
A competition between two highly-skilled fighters, MMA can be very dangerous. Especially as the main objective is to knock the opponent out.
Auto racing -
With tons of metal wrapped around you, and going an average of 150 mph (280 km/h) on hard asphalt, chances of a lethal accident are high.
Motorcycle racing -
If car racing is dangerous, then imagine motorcycle racing, where the rider isn’t protected by a sturdy cage in case of an accident.
Bull riding -
As a bull can weigh up to 1,800 pounds (816 kg), one can only imagine the injuries a fallen rider might sustain.
With two teams of 13 players smashing against each other, rugby results in plenty of broken bones, torn ligaments, and even death.
Ice hockey -
Hockey is an injury-prone sport. Some of the most common injuries include fractures, broken bones, facial cuts, and head injuries, including concussions.
Free soloing -
Mountain climbing is already dangerous with all the ropes, hooks, and other special equipment.
Scuba diving - Marine life, like sharks, and faulty equipment are the major dangers for scuba divers.
Cliff diving -
This extreme sport involves diving into water from a high, rocky cliff. The typical distance is about 85 feet (25 m), so injuries are definitely possible.
Big wave surfing -
Overall, big wave surfing isn't that deadly. But if you're knocked off the board after riding a big wave, you could be knocked unconscious.