The Most Dangerous Sport In The World
The Most Dangerous Sport In The World

If you play sports regularly, it’s more
than likely that at some point you’ll get injured. Basketball players get jammed fingers, sprained
ankles, and black eyes. Soccer players’ knees often grind down after
many years of play, while high-impact sports such as football and rugby will leave most
players feeling bruised and beaten after almost every game. Cricket and baseball players might not suffer
so many injuries, but spectators who are not diehard fans may die of boredom watching a
full game. Obviously, when we talk about dangerous sports,
many of those sports aren’t available to everyone. Kids in England lay down their coats as goal
posts and start playing, but that is not the case everywhere else. Most of us can’t just get on a very fast
motorbike and start racing, nor do we regularly don some boxing gloves and start pulverizing
our friends. Welcome to this episode of The Infographics
Show, Most dangerous sports in the world. First of all, let’s explain what we are
going to do here. When we talk about dangerous sports, we could
be referring to the number of global injuries sustained playing that sport. In that case, you could say soccer would be
high on the list, given that it’s played from amateur to professional level all over
the world. According to Hopkins Medicine, thousands of
kids aged 5 to 14 are hospitalized each year just in the United States after playing American
football. Understanding just how many people are injured
worldwide playing sports professionally, at school, and in the street would be an impossible
task. We can, however, look at deaths related to
sports. And that’s what we’ll do, with the worst
sport being the last on the list. 10. Running
You are thinking, what is running doing on the list! Well, more people than you think die of heart
attacks while running. We are not just talking about the world’s
best runners, but everyday folks who run for fun or take part as amateurs in long runs
such as marathons. You can find statistics out there that will
tell you that your odds of dying while running are 1 in 97,455, but let’s face it — no
one scientific body is able to give an accurate global statistic on just how many people keel
over when running. We do know, though, that it happens quite
a lot. An article in Forbes published in 2014 explained
how three runners died in one week, running in races in London, Raleigh, and North Carolina. “Sudden death while running long distance
races is rare phenomenon but is appearing to be more common due to the sheer number
of runners participating across a racing calendar that continues to expand,” wrote Forbes. In many cases, sudden cardiac death happened
to people who may have had an underlying condition but never experienced any health problems. 9. Cycling
You can find stats out there that tell you that your odds of dying while cycling is about
one in 140,000, but, again, who has a record of every cycling death all over the world? It happens a lot though. As we write this, a professional cyclist was
hit and killed during a race in Thailand. The Thai media has also reported other recent
cycling deaths. An English couple got hit off their bikes
in Thailand and died in 2013 while doing an around the world tour. A Chilean cyclist also recently got hit and
killed in Thailand while he was also doing an around the world tour. “It was an accident caused by the driver’s
recklessness. The road was straight, and the cyclist was
in his own lane,” wrote the Guardian after it happened in 2015. While many people die while just cycling for
fun, serious cyclists get hit and killed all the time. In terms of death toll, cycling could be the
most deadly sport, but because there are so many people doing it, the odds are not so
bad. As you will see, some dangerous sports don’t
have many fans, and one of the reasons is the fact the sport can easily kill you. 8. American Football
This sport is the most dangerous sport in the USA when we look at injuries. But it’s how many blows to the head that
really makes the sport dangerous. One statistic tells us that your odds of dying
while playing this sport are one in 50,000, but we can’t find the source of that number. Nonetheless, the American media has written
numerous reports about people dying while playing football, often from traumatic brain
injuries. “The sport is needlessly and heedlessly
killing athletes with overly intense workouts,” said the story. From the year 2000 to 2016, 33 boys died playing
college football, but only six of those deaths were related to trauma from collisions. The rest were due to intense exercise. So, this sport gets on the list not only for
the incredible number of injuries but also for the fact that it kills players. 7. Scuba Diving
Again, data for diving deaths is all over the place because it’s very hard to know
how many people die all over the planet. Some stats tell us that there are 16.4 deaths
per 100,000 persons while scuba diving, other data tells us different numbers. The website tells us most
deaths occur because of poor diver health, procedural errors such as rapid ascents or
buoyancy control problems, the state of the water people are diving into, and lastly problems
related to the equipment. You should only dive when you know you are
in good physical condition, and, of course, the safety procedures should be followed. Still, going deep down will always pose a
risk. 6. Canoeing/kayaking
As will staying on top of the water, well, trying to stay on top. One stat tells us that one in 10,000 people
die while kayaking, which sounds rather over the top. But we must remember that whitewater kayaking
is certainly an extreme kind of sport. A lot of people come unstuck from not judging
what kind of water they are in, be it fast-flowing or just damned cold. Others think they can get away with not using
a life jacket. The United States Coast Guard tells us that
deaths related to paddle sports were at a decade high in 2015, with experts saying that
a lot of people just go out into the water without being properly trained. Others just don’t read the weather and get
blown away, never to return. We found other reports that mentioned famous
and amateur kayakers dying from being attacked by crocodiles! 5. Boxing
We don’t need to tell you that boxing is dangerous. It’s not often a boxer can go 12 rounds
without sustaining any kind of small injury, but it’s the big ones that count. One major injury is brain trauma after being
hit in the head too many times. Some boxers might die right there in the ring
or die from their injuries some time after. Boxers can also suffer from cognitive defects
or neurodegenerative diseases. Again, do we really know how many boxers die
in fights or in training globally, from big gyms to tiny gyms in the far reaches of the
world? One statistic says boxers have a one in 2,200
chance of dying. We don’t know for sure the dangers of boxing
worldwide, but there’s a reason why the British Medical Association and the American
Medical Association have asked for the sport to be banned. Boxers know they are in a dangerous sport,
and that’s likely part of the reason they do it. 4. Motorbike racing
This is one thrilling sport. Most of the time when you see someone fly
from their motorcycle quite amazingly they just dust themselves off and walk away. But riders, amateur and professional, regularly
suffer fractures and ligament injuries, not to mention cuts and bruises. But the worst is not getting up at all, and
it does happen. While this sport is different in that not
many people can get into bike racing, those who do are taking a risk. Some stats tell us that your chances of dying
while doing this sport are one in 1,000, which is not good odds. If you don’t believe us, just look at one
race alone. That race is the Isle of Man TT, which is
called the world’s deadliest race. The Sun tells us that 270 people have died
in this race since it started, with two competitors dying in 2018, three in 2017, and five in
2016. Boxers could argue that this is a more dangerous
sport. 3. Grand Prix Racing
Sticking to the topic of racing, we have Grand Prix racing. We are told the odds of dying doing this sport
are an amazing one in 100, but we should remember that Grand Prix racing doesn’t have that
many serious competitors. Nonetheless, those who do take part risk life
and limb every time they go out. There are far fewer deaths than the sport
we just talked about, but as we said, there are far fewer competitors. The Brits have lost the most people in Grand
Prix racing followed by the Americans. 2. Base Jumping
You probably have to be half crazy to take part in this sport, and we are told that if
you do, you have about a one in 60 chance of dying. This statistic is backed up and is likely
accurate, given that there just aren’t that many base jumpers out there. If you don’t know what it is, it is just
jumping from a great height, either with a parachute or a wingsuit, and trying to make
your way back to terra firma. It’s regarded as the most extreme of extreme
sports. The base jumping fatality list tells us that
there have been 328 deaths since 1981, but it’s not like base jumping is done in schools. At one jumping site alone, the Kjerag Massif
in Norway, there were nine deaths from 2,317 jumps over a period of ten years starting
in 1995. There were also 254 nonfatal injuries. 1. Extreme Mountain Climbing
Okay, so you might be thinking that this can’t be the most dangerous sport because people
do it all over the world and most folks never have a problem. Well, it just depends where you do your climbing. If you are trying to get to the top of Mount
Everest, and you get past 6,000 meters (19,685 feet), it’s said you have about a 10 percent
chance of dying. That’s one statistic anyway. As of 2016, about 4,000 people had gotten
to the top, but about 280 folks never made it home. In this case, you could say that the most
extreme kind of mountain climbing is more dangerous than base jumping. We are sure you have your own opinions about
dangerous sports, and as we said, some of these statistics we found might not be totally
reliable only because getting the right data is an almost impossible task for some sports. What sport do you think is particularly dangerous? Tell us what you think in the comments. Also, be sure to check out our other show
Worst Jobs That Will Literally Kill You. Thanks for watching, and as always, don’t
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100 thoughts on “The Most Dangerous Sport In The World”

  1. The Infographics Show says:

    Are you a fan of a certain sport? I'm interested in knowing which team/sportsman you're cheering for… Comment below…

  2. Reverse Uno Card says:

    My dads friend climbed mount everest


    2317 / 60 = 38.616666R not 9

  4. Gavin Culloty says:

    I love and play football

  5. MisterKrinkle says:

    horse hunting

  6. Abigail Churches says:

    Um excuse me! Where is horse riding!

  7. Hockey Pelican says:

    Any hockey players? I find it to be dangerous. I do play goalie though.

  8. Rampster27 says:

    Nothing about wing suits? what?

  9. Isabel Steele says:

    The most extreme sport: having anti-vax parents

  10. Midhlaj Hassan says:


  11. Devin Crum says:

    Free Solo mountain climbing is the most dangerous as far as I know. Most climbers that specialize in free soloing eventually die from it. The documentary Free Solo is great though. It changed my life. Very inspiring.

  12. Key Bob says:

    "Most of the time when motorcyclist crash they just dust themselves off and run away most of the time when motorcyclist scratched they just dust them self off and run away" infographics show 2019

  13. Duane Cahoon says:

    1:53 you sead that 2 times

  14. Reginal Pitts says:

    What’s up with repeat on number 4

  15. Sophia Tucker says:

    Honey. The most dangerous sport is horseback and bull riding… u need to recheck ur research


    What about horse racing

  17. Joseph Robson says:

    The tt is knows as the most dangerous sport not just the most dangerous motor sport you think going down a road through the middle of a town at over 190 mph past lamppost kerbs and houses

  18. One In a Million says:

    My stepdad almost was added to the kayaking deaths, my mom and stepdad were kayaking and he got stuck under a tree branch because of the current pulled his kayak under

  19. Blvck AF says:

    Lesson of the day, don't cycle in Thailand

  20. Ellis Field says:

    We all have a 1 and 1 chance of dying

  21. Pizza 9117 says:

    How deadly is wrestling

  22. Adam Gaines says:

    they just dust themselves off and walk away.
    they just dust themselves off and walk away.
    they just dust themselves off and walk away.

    they just dust themselves off and walk away.

  23. shock man says:

    Wat about alligator wrestling

  24. Maria Guarracino says:


  25. Wifi Maniac says:

    The most DANGEROUS sport in the world is:
    U forget u have a 2000 word essay that's due in 30m

  26. Smangele Mbonani says:

    where was rugby

  27. Jose says:

    I’ve almost die of boredom from watching baseball a few times.

  28. Sam Maltz says:


  29. Saiesh Audi says:

    Best ‘Sport’ : Chilling in your room playing E-Sports 😂🤣

  30. Pigs4life Lamond says:

    I can't play ball games. I have a shunt (Google it)

  31. cotjocky466 says:

    Of "normal" sports that are not motorized and not taking "deaths" in to account, as far as a sport that causes many injuries, I'd think skateboarding should be high up there. Serious skateboarders that jump gaps, stairs, slide/grind rails, these skaters that skate a significant amount of years rack up many, many various injuries. Serious amateur/professional skateboarding is a constant bombardment of minor and serious injuries. It is not a sport for the faint of heart.

  32. Jacob Hotaling says:

    yeah American football can be deadly i play highschool leage and on our practice field we have a flag pole for someone who died playing the sport in 1990 at our school

  33. Joe Skinner says:

    A more dangerous sport is slamming your door after being grounded and seeing how long you survive

  34. Joice Mou says:


  35. Joice Mou says:

    I do ballet and the only "injury" I had was only blisters from pointe shoes.

  36. Antman Vlogz says:

    In England we use anything a poses

  37. BlitzTritium Gameplay says:


  38. Ben Taylor says:

    What about nascar

  39. Generation Gabe says:

    Thailand does not like bicyclists

  40. Pavel Dzhurylyuk says:

    Cycling is def dangerous, I commute everyday and about thrice a week I have a near miss with a reckless driver. Wear a helmet.

  41. The Shrek Republic says:

    Since when was scuba diving a sport

  42. nick studley says:

    i think the most dangerous sport is bull riding since most of the riders cant control the bull

  43. Jonny Jackson says:

    What about mixed martial arts

  44. Mario Bowser494 says:

    How dangerous is the Cheese Roll

  45. Rigger Carabiner says:

    free solo climbing must be high

  46. jake whit says:

    isle of man is it's own thing XD seriously though go and watch some of the racers and they will be shaving about 3 inches from their helmet to a wall while leaned over.
    that being said there's a reason why they handle isle of man and GP differently.

  47. 5’7 Skyhook says:

    Note to self. Don’t go cycling in Thailand

  48. Kenneth Besig says:

    The more dangerous the sport, the more the public likes it. And for many young men, dangerous sports are all they are qualified to perform. Many strong healthy but intellectually limited young men go into these sports because it is all they are able to perform.

  49. SSOGamer says:

    where is horse back riding on this list

  50. Kamdyn Hughes says:

    How bout real wrestling

  51. маrсеl says:

    Actually i dont think the fact about Boxing is right because you literally hear Every 2 decades that someone die

  52. Ghost fist Casper says:

    People like me who don’t play sports will live longer

  53. Rookie Man says:

    A fact, I broke my leg after going VERY fast downhill and I spun out, per say, and broke my leg on a bycicle

  54. Landon Williams says:

    Y isn’t bull riding on da list???

  55. motish rahul says:

    That comment on cricket at 0:24 offended me. Do you know that many cricketers died after a blow to their head?

  56. JAIKRIT KATOCH says:

    Check out polo I think it is extremely dangerous

  57. Nameer Ahamed says:

    I'm saying it's combat sports

  58. Dana Dudley says:

    Raleigh is a city in North Carolina, not another place!

  59. Gandalf 254 says:

    Calcio Storico is the most brutal

  60. SlimeBlock27 says:

    I subscribe to you when you has 100 subs

  61. adam joyce says:

    Look up hurling

  62. Ashton Jayes says:

    Where is UFC

  63. Alex Koski says:

    What about cave diving???

  64. hannah says:

    Honestly surprised horse back riding isn’t on here but then again the amount of casual riders probably buffer the number

  65. Moor Head of Corsica says:

    Do they dust themselves off and run away

  66. Lauren Youngrain says:

    What about equestrians? :')

  67. Racing Games Casual Gameplays says:

    Cyclist: *exists*
    Thailand: here we go killing again

  68. Mid Chid says:

    Infographics show make a video called 10 Minecraft people that die from withers ur channels are cool

  69. thaghost says:

    Pretty sure Rally Racing should be above Gran Prix racing..

  70. sniper master says:

    I don't know about you but I think the NFL should be banned because it is very dangerous especially allowing your kids to play this it's not fun even with protection they can get migraines head traumas from shocks to the head

  71. Hope Nolan says:

    Scuba diving is an activity not a sport

  72. Evan Schoelink says:

    How is rugby not on here but football is?

  73. schleichtalli tähdenlento says:

    Easy To say:

    Horse back riding

  74. superlurf says:

    scuba diving is NOT! a sport
    Its a recreation.

  75. jffyhff Jankowska says:

    what about extreme base jumping?

  76. Whitehall Milla says:

    London, Raleigh, and North Carolina

  77. Bharath Kakarlapudi says:

    Where is rugby??????

  78. Аleksei Dawn Gren says:

    Where’s ice hockey and horse riding? I can’t agree football most dangerous

  79. Laaaagush says:

    I thought chance was referred to a positive outcome… or maybe it's just like that in my country

  80. Cloud Taker says:

    MMA should be on the list

  81. Zesticle says:

    If you guys actually watch soccer you would know that we just don’t fall over

  82. Blackwolverine 31 says:

    So stay out of Thailand

  83. Denise Johnson Vaught says:

    Baseball is the best thing to ever exist

  84. William Thirry says:

    i know why the guy got killed at 2:34 in the video ,its because there was no driver in the car

  85. Cool Gamer says:

    Ice hockey

  86. cristian soto says:

    Most dangerous sport is trying to drive before the ice thaws off your windshield.

  87. Nathaniel Wutherich says:

    Lesson: Don't bike in Thailand

  88. Nathaniel Wutherich says:

    No one:
    Infograghics: Most of the time when you see someone fly off their motorcycle, quite amazingly they just dust themselves off and walk away.
    No one:
    Infograghics: Most of the time when you see someone fly off their motorcycle, quite amazingly they just dust themselves off and walk away

  89. Nathaniel Wutherich says:

    Quite amazingly they just dust themselves off and walk away.
    Quite amazingly they just dust themselves off and walk away.

  90. sean ogara says:

    mother-in-law baiting and freckle-punching grizzly bears

  91. Bford _ says:

    No hockey smmh

  92. Mire Esterhuyse says:

    what about horse riding on google they say that horse riding is the second most dangerous sport in the world

  93. Ilkka Rautio says:

    My ankle has been operated twice and knee three times. I was a great skater and aimed to be pro but that train has passed.

  94. Caleb Frank says:

    2:00 it happened at my school

  95. Bryan Rizo says:

    It upsets me that bull riding isnt on this list, it is a very dangerous gnarly sport. Cowboy culture is very respectable…

  96. SoCuteSlimers XD says:

    Please explain how ice hockey is less dangerous than running. If you want to play hockey your for sure going to get in fights and for sure gonna get your teeth nocked out

  97. black tiger 61 says:

    Cycling shouldn't be on the list the deaths are not related to sport itself

  98. Mike Watson says:

    Sports that dont give participation trophies😂😂😂

  99. Mike Watson says:

    Crocodile wrestling and bear cave spelunking

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