Everyone knows the dangers of playing collision sports versus contact sports. But despite all the negative attention these sports receive, none of them are hurting for players because of the passion for the game.
Whether you play any of these sports recreationally or professionally, you likely know the dangers involved in playing them. This list will come as no surprise to anyone, but we will break down some of the most dangerous and violent sports and what exactly makes them dangerous to play.
1. Ice Hockey
Hockey is by far the most dangerous sport to play because of the variety of ways you could get hurt. For one, we can move a lot faster on ice than we can running on the ground. That means the impact with other players or the wall will be that much greater. With players skating around so quickly, it can be difficult to avoid colliding with people. And, due to the nature of the game, there’s a high probability that you’ll be blindsided once or twice during a game. When you can’t brace yourself for the impact, your body gets jolted in a way that increases the risk of injury or concussion. And we don’t even need to go into detail about how the hockey puck can hurt you with its projectile speed coming off the stick.
Rugby is a close second to ice hockey as being the most dangerous sport in the world. The athletes that play the sport are complete freaks of nature. They are built like a defensive end from American football, but they are fast and shifty like soccer players. Unlike hockey players, rugby players have virtually no protection for their bodies. The only sort of protection they have is their muscles and their speed. Broken bones and other severe injuries are common just about every time a game is played. Since the players have no protection, the risk of a severe injury is increased to the point that it could lead to death if a collision goes wrong.
Yes, boxers wear gloves, which help reduce the blunt force, but it still hurts. Boxers suffer broken noses, wrists, fingers and ribs, but they still go back at it once they are heeled. The worst part about boxing isn’t necessarily the occasional broken bones, but it’s the fact that most boxers will fight through the pain. That can cause more severe injuries that will take a lot longer to heal, and even result in permanent damage. If you’re just a recreational boxer, then you probably won’t go that long, but the risk is still there.
Lacrosse is pretty much like ice hockey, except it’s played on turf. Players have a little bit of padding, but they don’t hold anything back when it comes to defeating their opponents. They are allowed to do just about anything they need to do in order to win the game. That means they can blindside opponents, hit them with a stick, punch them or any other clever technique to take them down. Lacrosse isn’t a very well known sport, but it is definitely one of the most dangerous sports that ranks up there with the rest of them.
5. American Football
This is by far the most popular sport on this list. Football players wear more padding than the players on any of the other sports we mentioned, but that actually makes it more dangerous. Since the players are built like monsters, the pads and helmets that they use don’t really do a lot. They feel like they are unstoppable and can knock out anyone when they are behind their pads. You may feel that way if you play tackle football recreationally as well. Pads can help reduce concussions and other injuries, but when you’re going full speed, there’s only so much they can do. Some of the actions on a football field are downright barbaric. Those actions make the game fun for spectators, but it makes it one of the most dangerous professions for the players out on the field.
The bottom line is if you sign up to play one of these sports either professionally or recreationally, you know what you are getting in to. There isn’t much you can do to protect yourself because the nature of the game is just too dangerous. As long as you are aware of the risk and think the reward is greater, then more power to you when it comes to playing these sports.