Most sports carry with them a risk of injury, or even death. Whether it’s due to the type of activity itself, or simply because you are pushing yourself to the limit physically, anyone who plays sport regularly will experience some sort of injury in their lifetime.
But which sports are the most dangerous? Some sports, such as darts or snooker, carry little to no risk of injury. But others – extreme sports for example – can be very risky. And the risks can vary. For some sports it may be that the chances of things going wrong are slim, but when it does, it’s catastrophic. Or it might be the case for others that the chance of injury is high, but that such injuries are not as serious.
We’ve taken all of this into account for this current list, which details the 15 most dangerous sports in the world.
1 out of every 200,000 dives ends with a fatality. The odds of dying might be slim, but when you consider how many dives take place worldwide every year, the numbers stack up. The main causes of death or injury are poor health, equipment problems and diver error. Many of the fatalities are due to the bends.
Famous victims of scuba diving include Steve Irwin and Kirsty MacColl.
Sailing Yacht Racing
There have been 25 recorded deaths in sailing yacht racing since 1973, the majority, obviously enough, from drowning. Races often take place in treacherous weather conditions, so the risk of injury is high.
Even if they are not sent overboard, crew are thrown about the deck of the yacht, often breaking bones or spraining joints in the process.