Sports are considered very healthy for the body and are deeply needed to maintain the general wellbeing of every individual. They also foster good values among its players such as sportsmanship, teamwork, camaraderie, and many more. Physically, it keeps the body strong, energetic, and well-coordinated physically. Basketball, football, baseball, and swimming are just some of the most common sports played all over the world.
However, not too many people know that there are sports that do all of the above but are also very dangerous and even death-defying. These sports are truly only for the brave and the daring as these sports carry with them extreme dangers and perils. Not a few people have suffered from serious injuries or even lost their lives from practicing these sports. Indeed, things could really get quite deadly.
This list dishes to you 10 of the world’s deadliest and most death-defying sports. Once again, extreme caution should be practiced by anyone who even attempts to play any of these sports as they are clearly not for everyone. So, are you ready to play?
10. BASE Jumping
The acronym stands for the words Building, Antenna, Span, and Earth. These correspond to fixed structures where practitioners of this sport jump off. In layman’s term, this simply means parachuting. This sport is not only dangerous because one will jump off from such a high altitude. This is also dangerous because it is prone to wind thrashing and error – if the parachute does not open on time, that is.
9. Helicopter Skiing
The phrase does not need any explanation. Lovers of this sport even book months or even a full year in advance just to be able to jump off a snow-capped mountain or cliff from a helicopter. While this is also expensive, lovers of the sport risk themselves from being stranded in the dead of cold or from the lurking dangers of avalanches that had claimed many lives in accidents past.
8. Scuba Diving
Many people are already familiar with this sport, especially those who love the deep underwater life of the open sea. However, not too many people know that scuba is actually an acronym that stands for Self-Contained Underwater Breathing Apparatus. This sport carries its dangers as when one ascends back to the surface, the change of pressure can cause potentially fatal accidents affecting the lungs and other organs of the body.
7. Cave Diving
This is another sport that is practiced by many adventurers water athletes. While this could really get quite exciting, the dangers posed by this sport are all due to very low depths underwater as well as very poor visibility.
6. Bull Riding
This is especially common in the United States and in Latin American countries as well as in Spain and Portugal. This dangerous sport carries a lot of potential injuries – as well as being mangled to death by the angry bull itself.
5. Big Wave Surfing
A lot of surfers treat this as the ultimate time of their lives. It really gives them a natural high to be able to ride a giant wave. However, the risk of drowning and smashing your head onto something while being swept by the wave are real threats when playing this sport.
4. Street Luge
This sport is just like skateboarding, except for the fact that the rider is lying down instead of standing up while riding. This sport has been declared illegal in many western countries as accidents and the dangers of being hit by other vehicles are potentially high.
3. Mountain Climbing
This is one sport that is absolutely loved by people who are passionate for heights and the adventure that mountain climbing brings. Nevertheless, mountain climbing also carries with it real dangers such as falling to death in one of your ascents or being attacked by wild or poisonous animals.
Many people love to ride bikes and those who are extremely passionate and adventurous often go to this sport. This high-speed sport is extremely dangerous. Accidents resulting to moderate to severe physical injuries have become all too common.
1. White Water Rafting
Lovers of the river wild have also fallen in love with this sport. The dangers of this sport lies in the extreme unpredictability of the river currents and the capability of these currents to drown or injure individuals.