Top 10 Most Dangerous Sports You Should Know

Exploring Extreme Sports Dangers

Extreme sports are some of the most unique and exciting sports that can take place on land, water, and in the air.

While these are some of the most exhilarating activities that one should try out at least once in their lifetime, these are also some of the most dangerous sports that are not suited for everyone, for sure including me!

If you are daring enough, you can try out these sports. There is nothing like that rush of adrenaline that you get by playing these sports! We will discuss below the top 10 most dangerous sports that exist out there. Do brace yourselves!

1. Bull Riding

One of the most extreme sports to exist out there. Bull riding is a rodeo sport where a person gets on a bull and tries to stay put for a minimum of 8 seconds.

For some type of support, the player holds one of his hands on a rope that is tied around the bull’s chest. The bull gets into a fight-or-flight response. This is hard to control by animals, the buckling bull tries hard to get the rider off his back.

 You really need some serious strength and endurance to even complete 8 seconds! Not only it is a risky sport, it is dangerous for both the rider and the animal. Definitely not on my bucket list or recommended by me!

2. Mountain Climbing

A very popular winter sport, mountain climbing also known as mountaineering is climbing a mountain in different ways such as simply climbing, skiing, and crossing. Mountains differ in altitude and terrain. The higher the altitude of a mountain, the more difficult it is to climb it. The world’s most difficult mountain to climb is Mt. Everest – being the highest altitude mountain in the world. Despite the challenge, mountaineers are still set on a journey. In 2023 alone, unfortunately, 17 people died while mountaineering on Mt. Everest.

3. Mixed Martial Arts

This combat, action sport involves several fighting techniques including striking, kicking, and grappling. This is an extreme, one-on-one sport since it involves the fighting styles of different popular sports such as judo, jujutsu, wrestling, boxing, etc. You need special skills training, discipline, and endurance to become an MMA fighter.

4. Skydiving

While this is a bucket list sport for many people including me, skydiving can actually be a very risky activity! This takes place in the air as the skydiver takes a freefall and then with the help of a parachute lands on a ground or a water body. If everything goes well, then it is one of the most exhilarating activities to try out. However, a few things can go wrong – such as if the parachute doesn’t work or if there is sudden wind or weather change which could lead to problems in landing.

5. Boxing

This action sport is one of the most extreme freestyles, fighting sports out there.

It is a physically demanding sport that requires strength, stamina, agility, and focus to excel.

You need to be physically and mentally fit in order to play this sport professionally. While players wear protective gear while engaging in this sport, there are injuries sustained by players most of the time.

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6. Water Rafting

Water rafting is an exciting sport that takes place in open water bodies, typically played as a solo sport or in teams of 2,4 and 6, etc.

While this is a great pastime activity that can be done as a group sport too, there have been injuries recorded. These are mainly caused by the paddle or lack of balance which causes the people on board to fall off. Thus, it is potentially regarded as a dangerous sport. So, if you are sure, you can maneuver the boat properly and keep your balance, then try this sport out!

7. Motorsports

This involves a series of competitive automobile racing competitions and events that take place all over the world.  

While top players from around the world engage in different motorsports, these are actually not everyone’s cup of tea. Due to the fast speed and high stakes, this makes up for a very perilous sport which can result in accidents and crashes that could result in major injuries – even fatal ones.

8. Scuba diving

Scuba diving involves a diver going underwater, accompanied by breathing equipment. This is typically regarded as a recreational activity where you can explore the marine life While this is generally a safe sport, there are some dangers involved to it such as oxygen toxicity or decompression sickness.

9. Mountain biking

Riding a bike is relatively easy and fun. But riding it on a mountain trail that has unpaved or rough terrain can be difficult. Mountain biking is a leisure as well as competitive activity. If there is a lack of balance, then a player can injure their arms and legs – making it an unsafe sport.

10. Freestyle Skiing

Skiing is regarded as the top winter sport that takes place in the snowy regions. Freestyle skiing can cause unbalanced landings which can cause a strain to the back, knees or hips. Moreover, jumping too hard can also cause bruises to the skier! The best way to go about it is to practice on a paved and straight path, especially if you are a beginner!


Q. How many seconds does bull riding last?

The rider must stay on the bucking bull for at least 8 seconds.

Q. Which is the highest mountain in the whole world?

Mount Everest is the highest mountain in the world is Mount Everest at 8,848 meters.

Q. How many types of MMA are there?

There are 3 main MMA Fighting Styles namely Striking, Jiu Jitsu, And Wrestling.

Q. What is the other term used for skydiving?

Skydiving is often referred to as parachuting.

Q. What is the most popular motorsport in the world?

Formula 1 is the top motorsport in the world.

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Written by Usama

Usama J. is a passionate writer about the sports and works as an in house sports journalist at Openiun, and covered many international sporting events including ICC Men's T20 World Cup 2022.