Any sport is difficult if you are not good at it.
but some areparticularlydifficult.
You get a different kind of athlete, even a slightly crazy one.
I coveredthe sports that attract this type of freaks before (What is the most dangerous sport?).
This time I want to cover the hardest sports.
The 7 Hardest Sports to Play
It turns out that there is almost no objective way to assess which sports are the toughest.
However, in the next section I will use statistics to "prove" which ones are the most difficult if you want to go pro.
Of course, that doesn't mean they are the heaviest.
For a sport, to create this first list, I used two criteria.
First, the sport must be televised or played at the Olympic Games at least once a year.
Then yes,Extreme ironing seems difficult, but does not qualify.
Second, it has to be something I've tried before (so I'm an expert) or something I would never try because it seems too difficult (an expert judgment I make).
Alright, without further ado, here are the hardest sports to play (or not even try).
7. The Ring
Wrestling is one of the oldest sports in the world.
Originally a fight to the death,Origins of wrestlingThey date back to 3000 B.C. in Babylon and Egypt.
While you no longer need to kill your opponent to achieve victory, it can sometimes feel like killing yourself to train as a fighter.
Similar to gymnastics (which may or may not appear on this list, so keep reading),Wrestling requires a crazy combinationof speed, stamina, strength and, perhaps most importantly, discipline.
Even if a college wrestling match has bouts that last only two or three minutes, the contestants will likely face multiple consecutive opponents in a single match.
A short recovery time means fighters must have incredible cardiovascular endurance, so training can't just focus on getting bigger and stronger. Rather, fighters must also train their bodies for stamina.
Fighters also have to deal with injury risks, especially to the shoulders and knees. Rashes and staph infections are also common.
If you think you would like to try wrestling, think about whatLenda Tun Wrestling Dan Gable Theseafter her performance at the 1972 Olympics:
"The point of wrestling is that it hurts and you get over it. It never occurred to me that it shouldn't hurt.
See you on the mat?
6. Figure skating
From afar, figure skating is a graceful spectacle of dazzling costumes, graceful leg movements and serene performances timed to perfect music.
Up close, however, this sport is anything but a simple lap around the ice rink.
It can be brutal, physically terrifying, and even potentially dangerous.
Skaters balance on small metal bars and have to jump, spin, and launch their bodies into the air.
You risk a dislocated shoulder or a bruised tailbone, elbows, shoulders, knees is the price skaters pay to pursue their passion. In pursuit of higher scores, most skaters suffer numerous injuries. The ice isn't exactly soft for landing.
And while I toovery cowardlybusy practicing skatingVideo of skateboarders succumbing to gravityconvinced me that it's probably for the best.
US Olympic figure skater champion Peggy Fleming began training at the age of 9. She described how she committed to exercising 6 to 7 hours a day, 6 days a week, 11 months out of the year.
As she says, she skates“he gets a lot out of everything: of your whole family, of your coaches and of you.
Using a five foot metal pole, your task is to somehow drop a one inch diameter ball into a hole hundreds of feet away.
Damn the energy here.
Proper technique and precision determine the green and the fairway.
Despite the buzz around golf, the strokes and strokes that professional golfers execute deserve a standing ovation.
But any true fan of the sport knows that part of respecting the game is controlling noise levels. Mental preparation and perseverance are key for professional golfers who have thousands of eyes watching their every move.
A wasted sigh or shout can completely stop a golfer's swing and send the ball into a sand trap or a lake of despair.
Practice (and patience) make golf perfect, making it a challenging game for someone ill-equipped to deal with that kind of pressure.
4. Water polo
In a nutshell, water polo is basically soccer, except the court is replaced by billiards and 'no hands' is replaced by 'what else are you wearing?'
But simple definitely does not mean easy.
First of all, players can't touch the bottom of the pool, so they may have to tread water for an entire quarter, which usually takes around 12 minutes!
(Yes, there are subs, but still)
They call their variant Pisando Agua"a whisk' because it's supposed to be more efficient than the version most of us do for about 10 seconds before getting tired and swimming to the edge of the pool.
From the moment the referee starts play and drops the ball in the middle of the pool, players claw and grab for possession.
Technically, they really can'tscratchno more. Employees check to be sureThe players' nails are filedbefore each game. Otherwise, the contestants will end the games with scratches, welts, and bruises, some even coming out with ripped bathing suits.
And although hitting is prohibited, players make the most of the water, Kick or punch below the surface to gain an advantage.
Basically, it has nothing in common with actual polo, which is downright relaxing by comparison. Water polo is an incredibly brutal sport that only the best athletes can perform.
2016 US Olympic team memberjake dalton saidthat gymnastics "is about being as strong, flexible, and light as possible."
Being one of those things can be quite difficult. Being all three is necessary only to compete in gymnastics.
Because of this, gymnasts need to train at the top of their game. at least 40 hours a week.
This is basically a 9 to 5 desk job (unless it's good for your body).
Even beginners can expect around 15 hours of training per week, so there's not exactly an "easy level" for this sport.
Gymnastics requires special skills in balance, strength, speed, and hand-eye coordination.
And modern gymnasts must be able to use all abilities to compete in a variety of events.
If gymnasts want a higher potential score, they should include up to 6 or 7 power elements. And as the rules change and potential scores fluctuate, gymnasts need to stay on top of the latest strength and nutrition trends to keep up.
Gymnasts are so relentless when it comes to pushing the boundaries of the sport that some even develop their own moves to score more points in a competition. yes a gymnastget your new train outand pre-accredited by the Fédération Internationale de Gymnastique, they can cement their legacy almost immediately.
Whether gymnasts are circling the pommel horse, dangling their entire bodies on rings, or jumping off the vault, they are always at risk of a near miss or a freak injury from a small mistake.
Getting a perfect landing in gymnastics or a perfect 10 is probably one of the most challenging accomplishments in any sport.
For all the grace and power gymnasts need to excel, they've got it.anythingin our two most difficult sports to play.
2. strong man
If you need someone to open a jar of pickles, I'm the one.
if you are looking for someoneFlipping tires that weigh half a ton, I'm your type... saying that you need to talk to a strong and professional man.
second on my listStrongman is a sport with a very basic purpose.: receiveextremelyheavy objects and move them.
Some of my favorite challenges are theseAtlas-SteinmiBauernweg.
The Atlas Stone is named after the mythological titan that held up the sky.
Strong men don't have it so bad. You only have to take five huge concrete balls that are increasing in weight and place them on a platform.
And then there is the Paseo de los Agricultores.
Competitors take a barbell in each hand with weights stacked on the ends and walk as fast as they can to the finish line.
Whileconventional trainingare beneficial in a gym, strongman competitors should also have access to things like trunks, giant tires, and even cars. Yes. You move them too.
Thats not all.
It's literally the only part of this sport that I can remotely identify with. The best athletes need to consume almost 10,000 calories a day!
... I have a feeling that maybe I've done this before.
Being a strong man requires a big body, a big appetite, and a tremendous competitive spirit. If you want to become strong enough to become a strong man, it has to become your obsession.
But there is one more sport that arguably takes the human body further than any other on this list.
1. iron man
Getting to number one on my list of the hardest sports to play isIron Man.
NO,it's not that.
I'm talking about crazy athletes who push their bodies to the limit by participatingtriatlos ironman.
At the annual Ironman European Championships, competitors swim 2.4 miles, bike 112 miles, and run 26.2 miles.
I'm tired of just talking about it.
If you add it all up, you have really unbearable tension in the body.
The biggest risks that competitors face areheart attackand in some casestod.
actually theMost triathlon fatalities occur during the swimming portion of the competition., meaning these athletes never made it past the first half of the season.
It's no wonder that in order to train and compete in such grueling competition, players need to keep their bodies in good shape, eat a balanced diet, and hydrate, hydrate, hydrate.
At the same time, Ironman participants must be careful not to risk drinking alcohol.too muchwater (called "hyponatremia"), which can be fatal in the most severe cases.
Too much water in the system cancause low levels of sodium in the blood.
After all these physical demands on the body, who would have thought thatmuch watercould it be something bad?
Masters of land and sea (and of rivers and bays), Ironman athletes sometimes make the most difficult sport look like a walk in the park. But hats off to anyone who thinks running a full marathon alone isn't impressive enough.
And after making this list, I think a walk in the park is just what I need.
The 5 most difficult sports to become a professional (statistics)
Okay, now let's take a look at the toughest sports based on how likely you are to make a living from them.
I finish8 million high school athletesonly in the United States, but only 6% of those competitors will continue to play at the collegiate level. And even fewer make it to play professionally or at the Olympic level.
Whether you're kicking a basketball, tossing a pigskin, or swinging the hurdles, playing professionally in front of a worldwide crowd of passionate fans is no easy mountain to climb.
And the chances of turning pro could be much lower than you think.
Here are the 5 hardest sports to turn pro (statistically).
5. The Clash
If you enjoy the majesty of sliding on the ice and the thrill of bumping into other adults, you may want to pursue a career in hockey.
but with one1.598 (0,17%)rocketed to NHL glory, it's a rise to stardom.
Ice hockey is one of the most dangerous professional sports. The players have a combination of athletic agility and aDesires to inflict painon anyone wearing a different shirt.
Used alone by over 35,000 high school hockey players11% will compete in college. And only about 270 of those lucky few make it to the professional level.
Baseball is one of the most popular sports among children and fans.
And here's an interesting fact: If you watch a professional baseball game, you're actually more likely to be selected to play professionally by your favorite team (1 in 659, or 0.15%) than you are to be fouled.1 in 835o 0,12%).
So there is always an opportunity.
Even if you have reached the college level and can only be drafted in MLB28%these experienced athletes are selected to play at the next level.
So start perfecting that swing, learn the ground balls and maybelearn some trickswhile you're at it.
La Parrilla is not a place for the weak or cowardly.
In the hard-hitting, fast-paced game of soccer, players must expect pain.
Needless to say, it's not for everyone.
But even if you think you'd like to play in the NFL, your chances aren't good.
Statistically you have a higher chance of a meteor hitting your head(1 in 3,200) when sitting on the couch watching football than playing professional football (1 in 4,233 or just 0.02%).
I'm honestly not sure what would be more painful. Have you seen some of these?hard knocks that professionals do to each other?
Despite this, more than a million high school players sign up to play football each year, despite the punishment that comes with it.
But those lucky enough to play college baseball and qualify for the pros aren't guaranteed to make it to the pros.
eben 20193.8% of draft-eligible players were selected to play in the NFL.
While the road from pop-warner football to college football is narrow, the road to the world of professional football is narrow.fenceto impossible
Soccer is the most watched sport in the world.
em 2018,3.6 billion people(more than half of the total world population aged four and over) tuned in to the FIFA World Cup.
It is also one of the most practiced sports on the planet. In 2019, FIFA reported 128,983 total global footballers.
But how challenging is it to play professionally?
With only a 1 in 5,768 (0.017%) chance of turning pro, soccer ranks second on my list as one of the most challenging sports to play at a professional level.
(By the way, it's number one on my list of sports I'm most fed up with)
Players need to practice intensely throughout their lives if they want the chance to kick a ball for more than just fun.
of course if youdomake it to the big stage, they have a chance to be handsomely rewarded. Actually 3 of the top 5highest paid athletes in the worldI come from the world of soccer.
Still, soccer is no match for my next and latest sport at number 1, not only as the (statistically) hardest sport to play, but also as the sport that makes the most money.
Think you have a good guess?
I'll give you advice.
It's a long shot.
It's alright, it's alright. This was a simple tray. Two points for you.
But entering the world of professional basketball is not easy.
Almost a million high school students play basketball (about 541,000 men and 433,000 women).
Less than 4% of them will play college basketball.
Overall, basketball players have a 1 in 12,363 (0.008%) chance of becoming a professional dribbler.
Statistically, men and women have almost equal opportunities to play professional basketball, although it is a bit more difficult for women:
- 1 in 11,711 (0.009%) for men
- 1 in 13,015 (0.008%) for women
If youthey areIf you are lucky enough to make it to the professional level, you will receive an open invitation to the sport that generates the most money.
Can you think of a sport that is even more difficult?
So what do you think?
Do you agree with my list of the toughest sports? Do you think some of the first list will be outshone by the highest paid professionals of the second?
Let me know in the comment section.
And if you're someone who wishes you'd tried a little harder in high school to become a professional athlete today, I hope you now see that it's basically impossible.
I hope that helps!
What is the number 1 sport? ›
Soccer, also known as association football, is by far the most popular sport in the world, despite the fact that it may not be obvious in the United States. Soccer is the most popular sport in practically all of Europe, South America, Africa, the Middle East, Central America, and Asia.What is the number one easiest sport? ›
- Table Tennis/Ping Pong.
Wrestling is far more difficult and demanding than football. It's not even close. Wrestling requires far more conditioning than football. There is a saying amongst wrestlers: whenever you've wrestled, everything else is easy.Is basketball harder than football? ›
As mentioned earlier, American Football involves both pushing and tackling which makes American football much more physical than basketball; furthermore, since athletes playing American Football usually weigh more compared with basketball players this makes them harder hitters!What are the top 4 sports? ›
MLB, NBA, NFL, and NHL are commonly referred to as the "Big Four." Each of these is the wealthiest professional club competition in its sport worldwide, and along with the English Premier League they make up the top five sports leagues by revenue in the world.Why is American football the #1 sport? ›
The vision was that the more popular the entire league became, the more financially beneficial it would be for everyone. The wisdom and foresight of this vision has led the NFL to unprecedented popularity and success. So, why is the NFL so popular and successful? The reason is due to the complete parity in the league.What number is most popular in sports? ›
1. Michael Jordan (23)What sport takes the most skill? ›
Top Ranked Skill Sports.
|2||Swimming (200m Free)||86.9|
- Ice Hockey. If you enjoy the majesty of gliding over the ice and the thrill of smashing into other adults, you might want to pursue a career in hockey. ...
- Baseball. ...
- Soccer. ...
And for this very reason alone, Popular Science says that hitting a baseball is the hardest thing to do in sports. First of all, the average speed of a fastball is 90 mph. That's fast. The ball is in the "hitting zone" for less than 10 milliseconds.
What are the top 5 easiest sports? ›
The 7 Easiest Sports to Play
Volleyball. Table Tennis/Ping Pong. Running. Spikeball.
Soccer – All you need is a ball to play soccer and maybe a net. The most followed and played sport on the planet, and this is surely down to the ease and simplicity of the beautiful game.Which sport is easiest to fix? ›
Hill, the author of The Insider's Guide to Match-Fixing in Football and The Fix: Soccer and Organized Crime, explained why tennis is “the easiest sport in the world to fix.” Unlike soccer, where match-fixing requires the careful orchestration of an entire team, tennis is a far simpler game to manipulate.What sport is harder than wrestling? ›
According to Sports Virsa, the top 10 hardest sports in the world to play in 2022 are as follows: Boxing (hardest), American football, mixed martial arts, ice hockey, gymnastics, basketball, soccer, wrestling, rugby, and water polo.Is wrestling harder than boxing? ›
Wrestling is much, much harder to learn than Boxing. Don't get us wrong here; becoming good at Boxing is not a walk in the park. In fact, it's the total opposite. But wrestling techniques are complex, tough to learn, and physically more demanding.What is the most mental sport? ›
Gymnastics is one of the most physical and most mentally challenging sports in the world. Many people don't realise the amount of strength that it takes to tumble, twist, and vault and also many people don't realise the constant pressure of competing against yourself.
|Ranking||Sport||Overall Fitness Rating (%)|
5. Ice Hockey: 39 Points.
Athletics – Sprinting
He also holds the 100 (9.58) and 200m (19.19) meter records which are unlikely to be broken anytime soon. Lyles is an American sprinter born in Gainesville, Florida in 1997, and at only 22 years old is the fastest man in the world today.
- NFL. Fans: 400 million. Outside of the U.S., this sport has limited following. ...
- Basketball. Fans: 400 million. ...
- Golf. Fans: 450 million. ...
- Baseball. Fans: 500 million. ...
- Table Tennis. Fans: 850 million. ...
- Volleyball. Fans: 900 million. ...
- Tennis. Fans: 1 billion. ...
- Field Hockey. Fans: 2.2 billion.
What's America's favorite sport? ›
American football is the most popular sport in America and is the favorite sport of 37% of the country. The NFL is also the most popular league and is supported by 55% of Americans.
Historically, the national sport has been baseball. However, in more recent decades, American football has been the most popular sport in terms of broadcast viewership audience.What is the 2nd most popular sport in America? ›
2. Baseball. Known as “America's pastime,” baseball is the second most popular sport in the United States and is the 7th most popular sport in the world. Professional baseball in the United States is played by the teams that make up the Major League Baseball (MLB).Who is No 7 in sports? ›
#1 Cristiano Ronaldo
Except for two seasons (one with Sporting Lisbon and the other for Real Madrid), Ronaldo has always worn the number 7 jersey during his club career and large swathes of his international career.
But if you ask enough people, you start to see which numbers emerge as consensus favorites across the population. Math blogger Alex Bellos recently did this, and after polling more than 44,000 people from around the world on his website, he got an answer: The world's favorite number is 7.Is 7 an illegal number in basketball? ›
Because of the N.C.A.A.'s longstanding Rule 1, Section 22, Article 7, Clause b. 2 — the little-known statute that prohibits college basketball players from wearing any of the numerals 6, 7, 8 or 9. Those are the numbers you will not see on a college basketball court. Kobe Bryant's former number, 8 (he switched to No.What sport takes the most training? ›
According to several studies about “science of muscles and movement” experts label boxing as the most demanding sport for an athlete. Boxing requires strength, power, endurance, and the ability to withstand huge hits over a period of time.What sport takes the most speed? ›
He's played golf before and says when it comes to speed and “quick reaction times,” baseball wins the award for most challenging sport. “Hitting a 90 mph fastball is considered the hardest thing in sports,” said Buchanan. What makes baseball so tough is that it requires fast reflexes, speed and strength.Is baseball or soccer harder? ›
The skill sets for baseball far exceed those needed for soccer. They say the most difficult thing to do in sports is hit the pitched ball.
Is basketball harder than baseball? ›
Baseball is the most challenging sport to do from a skill level. So this can be debated in some aspects, as basketball, soccer, and hockey have aspects that make them more difficult than say playing defense in baseball, but the overall difficulty still goes to baseball simply due to hitting.What are the top 10 hardest things to do in sports? ›
- Hitting . ...
- Winning consecutive Super Bowls in the salary cap era. ...
- Setting a world record in the pole vault. ...
- Finishing with a quadruple double in an NBA game. ...
- Winning the Grand Slam in golf. ...
- Throwing touchdown passes in 40-plus consecutive games. ...
- Pitching back to back no-hitters.
Is dancing a sport? Sport is an activity involving physical exertion and skill, with an individual or team competing against others for entertainment. In all senses of this definition, yes – dance can be considered a sport.What is the easiest sport for kids? ›
Running. This is probably the easiest and most cost-effective sporting activity in the world. Running comes naturally once a child starts walking and develops proper balance. It's not only fun, it instils a sense of confidence, builds endurance and leg strength.What is the least stressful sport? ›
The least stressful were skiing/snowboarding, track and field, skateboarding and soccer.What sport is best for boys? ›
- Volleyball. Volleyball is one of the most popular sports in the world today. ...
- Soccer. Soccer is a unisex sport. ...
- Basketball. ...
- Swimming. ...
|Sport||2017 injuries (5- to 24-year-olds)||% change since 2017|
According to several studies about "science of muscles and movement" expert label boxing as the most demanding sport for an athlete.
What sport is hardest to go pro in? ›
- Ice Hockey. If you enjoy the majesty of gliding over the ice and the thrill of smashing into other adults, you might want to pursue a career in hockey. ...
- Baseball. ...
- Soccer. ...
Believe it or not, basketball actually has more injuries than any other sport, followed by football, soccer and baseball. Common sports injuries include hamstring strains, groin pulls, shin splints, ACL tears and concussions.Which sport is most fittest? ›
|Ranking||Sport||Overall Fitness Rating (%)|
|1||Track and Field: Sprints||9.88|
|3||Swimming (all strokes): Sprints||7.88|
According to Sports Virsa, the top 10 hardest sports in the world to play in 2022 are as follows: Boxing (hardest), American football, mixed martial arts, ice hockey, gymnastics, basketball, soccer, wrestling, rugby, and water polo.Which sport is the most athletic? ›
Boxing is the most athletic sport around. A few years ago, a wide panel of sports experts, including sports scientists, researchers, athletes and journalists, objectively ranked the level of athleticism needed to compete in 60 sports.