10 Most Dangerous Sports in The World

Sports are one of the best ways to receive amusement and entertain yourself. But what happens if this sport becomes your danger? Well, every sport comes with the possibility of getting hurt in one way or another. However, a few sports are not only popular but also carry a high risk of death.

Therefore, in today’s article, you will get to know some of the most dangerous sports in the world in 2023. So, keep reading this article and ensure you get hooked on all of the sports mentioned here.

Here is an overview of these dangerous sports in the world in 2023.


Most Common Injury


Upper Extremities, Followed By The Head And Neck Region.


Leg, Head, Face, Back, Shoulder, and Arms.


Sprained Or Twisted Ankle, Fractures, Dislocation, Etc.


Goring Injuru, Fractures, Dislocation, Concussions Etc.

Bull Riding

Fractures, Knee And Shoulder Injuries, Neck Injuries, Soft Tissue Injury, Concussions, Internal Bleeding, Etc.

Mountain Biking

Skin Abrasions, Acromioclavicular.

Knee/Lower Back Pain, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Broken Collarbone, Etc.


Face Bruises, Internal Bleeding, Brian’s Injuries, unconsciousness, Etc.

Cliff Diving

Broken Bones, Dislocation, Compression Factures, Paralysis, Vaginal Trauma, Etc.


Bumps, Concussions, Hand And Wrist Injuries, Internal Bleeding, Dislocation, Etc.


Knee Injuries, Groin Strains, Shoulder Dislocations, Wrist And Hand Injuries, Face And Head Injuries, Etc.

10. Luge


Luge, one of the famous Olympic sports, may not feel so scary, but it is a dangerous contest you would want to participate in. Although many of us view the Olympics games as the world’s safest sports, they are not. That’s precisely what Luge shows us.

The sport is about Altheletics lying on a snow-sleds in a face-up position and racing against time to break their competitor’s record. During the race, athletes can reach a speed of 80Mph (130Kph). At first look, people will view this sport as something amusing and enjoyable.

In reality, it’s difficult to control a snow-sled in which a person is racing at 130 Kilometers per hour speed. He /She must have substantial control over the neck, shoulders, back, and legs to ignore significant injuries leading to death or permanent damage.

Overall, Injuries are mostly confirmed in this sport. However, things become scary when people actually die in this race.

9. Surfing


Surfing is enjoyable, amusing, and very fun. It is one of the most popular sports in the world and is accepted in over 15 countries. It’s also one of the few sports with no age limit to begin; people of any age can make their way to surfing. Therefore, today, there are over 30 million surfers in the world.

However, no wonder how amusing this sport may feel to others; it’s still dangerous for anyone who isn’t a professional. In fact, many people end up dying while surfing big waves. Although the record is not exact, according to several sources, the average death record in surfing yearly is more than ten people.

8. Kabaddi


Kabaddi is an Asian sport primarily played in India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, China, etc. According to legends, the origin of Kabaddi is linked to Tamil Nadu, where it is believed to be played by the Yadaba people more than 4000 years ago.

Coming back to the present, this traditional Asian sport is considered a dangerous sport in the world due to how people play this sport. The way people play this sport, things can easily take an aggressive turn and cause severe injuries to one of the players. In fact, there have been reports of deaths from injuries while playing Kabaddi in many parts of India.

7. Jallikattu


Jallikattu, aka bull taming, is one of the most dangerous sports played in Tamil Nadu, India. The event is seen as a traditional sport where the participants give their all to tame a mad bull. It is considered a display of their bravery. The origin of this sport dates back to the Classic period of Tamil Nadu between 400-100 BCE.

Although the sport is a part of Tamil Nadu’s tradition, it is a dangerous sport where the person can end up with serious injuries. Based on various sources available on Google, more than 43 people died in Jallikattu from 2008 to 2014.

6. Bull Riding

Bull Riding

Bull-riding is a dangerous sport that can end your career with permanent scars or injuries. It is one of the few sports where you don’t know what kind of Injury you may suffer. Moreover, there have been cases where cowboys have suffered multiple facial bruises.

The sport is mainly played in the USA, Mexico, Canada, Mexico, Belize, Guatemala, Colombia, Venezuela, Guyana, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, and many others. However, the root of Bull Riding is linked to Old Mexico, where Bull Riders are called Jinetes.

Moreover, more than 20 people have died in Bull Riding since 1989. It has a high rate Injury ratio (32.2 injuries per 1000 competitor exposures), earning a right to be called one of the most dangerous sports in the world in 2023.

5. Mountain Biking

Mountain Biking

Mountain biking, also called MTB, is an off-road bicycle racing sport full of excitement. However, this excitement and amusement end when the rider encounters the danger this sport has to offer. At first glance, people may view it as a regular bicycle racing on challenging roads of mountains.

But things take turns when you must keep momentum to match your bike’s speed as it runs on dangerous roads. Overall, serious injuries are guaranteed for those who fail to maintain a proper balance with the bike’s movements. Unfortunately, these injuries often occur even when all geared up with safety measures.

Therefore, this sport is hazardous as it causes face bruises, head injuries, broken bones, and many more.

4. SlapBoxing


Although it is a new edition in sports, it is already on the list of the world’s most dangerous sports. Unlike most other sports, Slapboxing hasn’t been around for a century. In fact, it’s a newly invented sport of the modern era where you have to just slap the head out of your opponent.

The rules in this sport are simple and straight; you have to slap your opponent hard enough to make them quiet or leave them unconscious. You may already be guessing how dangerous this sport can be. Most of the time, opponents are left with a Drooping or Swollen face.

In fact, a Polish Slap fighter, Artur Walczack, was reported to suffer brain bleeding, multiple organs failing, and eventually die. Therefore most of the time, this modern-day sport gets criticized for how unsafe and dangerous this sport becomes.

3. Cliff Diving

Cliff Diving

Let’s talk about one of the oldest sports in the world, Cliff Diving. Now, you have to jump from a cliff and go down below the water in this sport. For professionals, Cliff Diving is one of the world’s most thrilling and amusing sports. However, this sport becomes extremely dangerous due to the high rate of injuries. Those lacking the overall skill requirement are suggested to avoid participating in any Cliff Diving sport.

This sport can cause severe injuries leading to death. Moreover, some severe injuries can put you down with permanent disability. Therefore, people new to Cliff Diving are recommended to dive only under a professional’s support.

2. MMA


One of the most watched mainstream sports, MMA, is infamous for showing brutality and blood on TV. Being one of the most dangerous sports in the world, this sport has every aspect that can lead someone to death. Moreover, spinal cord injuries, facial bruises, bone dislocation, and fractures will most likely damage you will suffer in this sport. 

Therefore, with so much action and dangerous aspects, MMA fighting will be the second most dangerous sport in the world in 2023.

1. Football


Although you might feel a little annoyed to see your favorite sport ranking first in the list of the world’s most dangerous sports, it is a fact that we cannot ignore.

Football is the world’s most beloved sport, with over 200 countries playing this. People are madly in love with this sport and sometimes forget how dangerous this sport is. According to reports and publicly available records, football has the highest injury rate, with 30.8 injuries per 100 national players.

In fact, looking back at history, we have witnessed many career-ending injuries to professional football players. Some of them even died while playing football.


We concluded that from Luge to Football, all the sports listed in this list are potentially dangerous sports with higher rates of injuries. However, we are fully aware of the fact that we have missed including many other sports that are evenly or more dangerous than the sports listed here.

Therefore, we allow you to name the sports that, according to you, are among the most dangerous sports in the world in 2023.

Golam Muktadir is a passionate sports fan and a dedicated movie buff. He has been writing about both topics for over a decade and has a wealth of knowledge and experience to share with his readers. Muktadir has a degree in journalism and has written for several well-known publications, including Surprise Sports.


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