Humans have been playing sports for thousands
of years, with injuries and sometimes even death being expected. But when we look at the physical consequences
modern athletes endure, what is the most dangerous sport in the world? If we simply look at who gets injured the
most often, US hospital data – collected by the CPSC in 2016 – found that for males, football
and soccer cause a significant proportion of injuries, while for women, soccer and baseball
almost top the list. But the number one sport for both sexes was
basketball, with 190,453 injuries for men and 34,707 for women. A study of injuries among NBA athletes over
a 17 year period found that lateral ankle sprains were the most common, while a separate
study found that those who wore shoes with air cells in the heel were 4.3 times more
likely to injure their ankle – so you might want to ditch your Nike airs. But minor injuries can happen for any sport
and hardly deserve the title of most dangerous; take curling for example, which has a higher
injury rate then speed skating and luge. Or snowboarding, where 8% of injuries take
place when loading or unloading off the ski lift – as the lifts are actually designed
for skiers. Luge, which involves riding a sled laying
on your back at speeds up to 150 km/h will put you at a 40% risk of injury, however only
4% of those injuries result in missing more than one day of practice. So what about…death? In terms of fatalities, a report by the National
Center for Catastrophic Sport Injury Research found that between 1982 and 2016, the most
fatalities in high school sports came from football, with 133 deaths. However, that rate is 0.39 per every 100,000
individuals, given that football is the most popular American sport. Regardless, sports like football and hockey
often rank as some of the most dangerous sports because of the constant collisions and hits
at top speeds, leading to a variety of injuries including concussions. In fact, autopsies of many former athletes
have revealed that they had chronic traumatic encephalopathy or CTE; a disease that people
with multiple head injuries can get. It leads to weakness in the lower limbs, hesitancy
of speech, unsteadiness, mood problems and difficulty thinking. These are the result of brain atrophy and
deposits of protein in the brain. And brain injuries are actually the leading
cause of death from sports. This leads us to the actual most dangerous
sport, which when considering all factors, turns out to be a combat sport. And while you might be thinking of Mixed Martial
Arts or MMA, it turns out that boxing is actually the most dangerous. The University of Alberta, using medical data
after matches, found that although 60% of MMA fighters sustained injuries vs 50% of
boxers, MMA injuries were less severe. 7% of boxers had either loss of consciousness
or suffered serious eye injury during fights, compared to only 4% of MMA fighters. The study attributes this to MMA style fighting
which involves hitting various areas of the body whereas boxing focuses on the head. And boxers seem to present worse symptoms
of CTE than even athletes in football. This is likely because of the rotational force
of hook punches, compared to the linear force in football, which may make the brain trauma
worse. At the end of the day, a punch to the head
during a boxing match can range anywhere from 650-1100 pounds of force making boxing arguably
the most dangerous sport in the world.

What Is The Most Dangerous Sport In The World?

100 thoughts on “What Is The Most Dangerous Sport In The World?

  • October 6, 2018 at 12:45 am
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    Don’t even say anything All Star cheer

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  • October 6, 2018 at 6:25 pm
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    most dangerous sport is a wingsuit flying

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  • October 7, 2018 at 11:53 pm
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    Did you look up how much people get injured and deaths caused by horse riding or no?

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  • October 8, 2018 at 2:52 am
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    Equestrian?

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  • October 9, 2018 at 7:47 am
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    wish gaming was considered as a sport 100%safe

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  • October 17, 2018 at 12:22 am
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    Boxing is pretty dangerous, but what about horse riding? Ehem… lots of people die from that…

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  • October 19, 2018 at 8:17 pm
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    Swimming anyone?

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  • October 25, 2018 at 8:07 pm
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    First of all, the studies are from America only. Second of all, I started boxing two years ago and I still havent got a "serious injury", Ive also been to the doctor and i havent got any signs of CTE. Although the doctor said that iz is posibblle but only in pro boxing. Ps. Im 16. I hope this video doesnt keep you away from boxing, its a great sport and a great combat. Have a good day! 😉

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  • October 26, 2018 at 9:16 am
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    You said the whole world:
    Chessboxing
    Fishboat
    Rugby
    Volcanic surfing

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  • October 26, 2018 at 8:46 pm
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    in the world should have said in the u s

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  • October 28, 2018 at 3:49 am
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    WHAT ABOUT GYMNASTICS OR CHEERLEADING?!?

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  • November 3, 2018 at 3:30 am
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    Horse back riding?????

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  • November 3, 2018 at 6:52 pm
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    Motocross has to be the most dangerous

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  • November 7, 2018 at 11:33 pm
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    Water polo?

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  • November 8, 2018 at 7:48 pm
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    I broke my arm tripping over a football and I wasn't even playing

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  • November 9, 2018 at 8:21 pm
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    There you go, not a single mention or picture of rugby. Rugby/football debate is over.

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  • November 11, 2018 at 6:14 am
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    I’ve been doing some research and it says that cycling is the most dangerous sports because it involves in the road. Can you guys agree to this because i believe there is still a sports that is more dangerous than cycling.

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  • November 13, 2018 at 4:12 am
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    No equestrians (horse riders) have more injuries and more severe injuries. And if it wasn’t including high school sports it will be horse riding with most deaths. In america equestrian suffer the most head injuries than any others. And no boxing is as dangerous as riding no your facts. If they are talking about the weight force try riding a horse and being crushed by a 1000 pound animal that’s a little bit worse huh?

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  • November 16, 2018 at 5:55 am
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    Skateboarding?

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  • November 17, 2018 at 4:33 am
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    rugby

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  • November 19, 2018 at 6:57 am
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    What about rodeo

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  • November 22, 2018 at 3:02 am
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    SPORTS ARE DANGEROUS!!!!!!! DO NOT PLAY THEM!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • November 22, 2018 at 8:36 pm
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    What about competitive horseback riding??

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  • November 25, 2018 at 4:05 am
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    Minute earth thinks that you are a knock off to their channel

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  • November 26, 2018 at 4:04 am
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    I thought it was skateboarding

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  • November 26, 2018 at 10:30 pm
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    I saw a guy get his throat slit and lose a bunch of teeth and get a hanging eyeball during an Ice Hockey match, so I'm thinking… that?

    Wonderful idea too, taking my four-year-old nephew to see his first ever hockey game. Especially since this guy got thrust up against the screen by four other guys and they smudged their blood all over it too, would've been less gruesome to take him to an Autopsy.

    I've done martial arts, assuming they would be dangerous, but most of those are more like dance classes, too formal and decorative to help in a real fight.

    What you really need in a fight is a hockey puck that gets tossed around everywhere by the one guy intent on just playing the game; because thay guy is always a bit of a shitty shot and will most definitely cause more fights.

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  • November 28, 2018 at 5:08 am
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    Horse riding and wrestiling or the hardest sport

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  • November 29, 2018 at 8:16 am
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    This is in accurate because you are not taking into account every single sport m 🙄

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  • December 2, 2018 at 3:47 pm
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    How dangerous would you consider competitive cheer? (You do tumbling,jumps,stunts,and dancing) thanks 🙂

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  • December 5, 2018 at 12:27 am
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    Boxing is the most dangerous sport in the world wow!!!

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  • December 5, 2018 at 2:55 am
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    What about rugby 🏉

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  • December 20, 2018 at 7:37 am
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    Muay thai is worse than boxing not only do they have heavy gloves but you also have kicks knees and elbows

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  • December 20, 2018 at 11:44 am
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    Why do you just talk about America?

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  • December 24, 2018 at 9:12 pm
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    I compete on USA boxing. It's definitely not for everyone. I never got a concussion. But it's mostly due to pain tolerance as well as our mouth guards. They are way thicker and protect our jaw from getting knocked out so easily.

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  • December 30, 2018 at 6:18 am
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    What about rodeo/equestrian?

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  • January 4, 2019 at 12:42 am
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    You’re kinda just talking about studies in and about america so you can’t really say it’s the most dangerous in the world

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  • January 6, 2019 at 2:48 am
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    Ok I have to disagree on boxing what about bull riding I mean people that might weigh 100-200 pounds with slinging fists vs 2,000 pound angry animals with slinging horns, who do you think will win

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  • January 6, 2019 at 8:23 pm
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    Despite this I am a boxer and I love it

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  • January 7, 2019 at 12:09 am
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    competitive cheer duh

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  • January 7, 2019 at 2:43 am
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    My one problem with this is that all or most of the data is from North America. And although they seem to be the centre of western society, are not as heavily populated. Just because gridiron is popular in the US does not mean that it equates to other, more globally recognised sports. For example football (not American Gridiron) is way more popular and although has smaller percentages, it is more widely played and more often per person.

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  • January 10, 2019 at 1:34 am
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    What about equestrian

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  • January 11, 2019 at 6:07 am
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    What about surfing?

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  • January 13, 2019 at 3:37 pm
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    Motorcycle sports, equestrianism, bull riding, even gymnastics! You didn’t even consider sports like these!

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  • January 18, 2019 at 9:30 pm
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    What about rugby

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  • January 18, 2019 at 9:38 pm
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    WHAT ABOUT GYMNASTICS??????

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  • January 22, 2019 at 4:17 am
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    3:07 correction sir, its head and body

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  • January 23, 2019 at 2:57 pm
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    Martial Arts you aren't trying to knock them out.

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  • January 23, 2019 at 9:53 pm
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    Skiing. One wrong move & half your life is sped up to an end.

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  • January 25, 2019 at 12:18 am
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    So flying 50ft off a dirt bike and breaking your neck that happens every day but boxing how th hell is that it

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  • January 26, 2019 at 11:17 pm
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    What about figure skating

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  • January 29, 2019 at 2:43 am
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    What about horse riding?!

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  • January 29, 2019 at 9:57 am
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    sales of shoes with nike air suddenly drop

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  • January 31, 2019 at 5:20 am
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    What about bull riding and other similar sports?

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  • February 10, 2019 at 8:55 am
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    wait what about rugby

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  • February 12, 2019 at 1:02 am
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    Wrestling is the most dangerous

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  • February 12, 2019 at 2:24 am
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    Conclusion: Boxing

    I just saved your 4 minutes

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  • February 13, 2019 at 8:00 pm
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    Ill stick to school.

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  • February 16, 2019 at 4:14 am
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    Where's the bit about the rest of the world?

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  • February 17, 2019 at 3:51 pm
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    The only type of boxing which is civilized is French boxing; the goal is not to knock your opponent out but to touch hitpoints (the shoulders, the abdomen and the basin) which get you points. It’s not that violent compared to other types of boxing.

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  • February 17, 2019 at 9:25 pm
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    What about Rugby? Or is this a study of sports in the US cause if thats so then change the title and stop clickbaiting

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  • February 19, 2019 at 3:51 am
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    What about lacrosse

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  • February 21, 2019 at 2:05 am
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    What about lacrosse 🥍🥍🥍🥍🥍🥍

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  • February 21, 2019 at 1:40 pm
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    Gymnastics all the way

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  • February 22, 2019 at 11:40 am
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    Don't let this discourage you from taking up boxing, it's much less dangerous then most people think. In fact, recretaional boxing is probably more safe then basketball or football since people don't really know how to punch correctly at lower levels and good trainers won't even let you sparr untill you leran how to protect yourself.

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  • March 6, 2019 at 12:48 am
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    No I think bowling is the most dangerous sport.

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  • March 24, 2019 at 9:42 pm
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    What about water polo

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  • April 2, 2019 at 3:59 pm
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    Erm what about cycling?

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  • April 13, 2019 at 5:07 pm
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    Oh I'm mad.. There's no rugby and I do play them.. A bit dissapointed tho

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  • April 23, 2019 at 6:17 pm
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    Actually number one should be a extreme caving and even Isle of Man TT should be added in the top 5

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  • April 26, 2019 at 7:11 pm
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    This just shows which sports are most popular

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  • April 27, 2019 at 11:09 pm
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    So…i am suicidal, i boxe 😂

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  • May 2, 2019 at 9:52 pm
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    What about gymnastics?

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  • May 3, 2019 at 8:22 am
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    only boxers knew the answer to this video before even doing it.

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  • May 6, 2019 at 3:08 pm
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    isle of man TT one mistake you are died!!!! supercross one mistake it break all youre bonesss!!!!

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  • May 6, 2019 at 9:49 pm
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    This is so poooooo not true. No matter what people say, horse riding is the most dangerous sport in the world. You sit on the back of a animal (with a mind of its own) only being able to hold on to 2 pieces of leather. Horses can kill you with just their hooves. They can fling you of their back with 1 tiny jolt. I've been riding horses all of my life and 6 of my friends have broken their back meaning they are completely paralized and can not move nor even stand up. I was in hospital for 4 weeks because I was crushed by a horse and broke 6 of my ribs and both of my shoulders popped out of their sockets. Boxing may be dangerous but it can't even compare to horse riding. This guy rambled on and on about risks in others sports so I will about horse riding now:

    It can break every single bone in your body.
    It can crack your head open.
    You can be crushed to death.
    You can be paralized.
    Perminent brain damage.
    Loss of vocals.
    Blindness.
    Internal bleeding.
    Loss of hearing.
    AND DEATH!

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  • May 18, 2019 at 8:49 am
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    Politics.

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  • May 28, 2019 at 6:52 pm
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    what about horse riding! if you look at videos and search the web horses are really dangerous and a lot of people die from that spir or get injured! horses are living things with their own brains so they can spook or scare and if your food gets stuck in the saddle when you fall or you get stepped on your injured! that is my opinion on the most dangerous sport in the world!

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  • May 30, 2019 at 12:40 am
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    Horse racing?

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  • June 1, 2019 at 2:28 pm
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    Okay let's just play video games instead.

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  • June 4, 2019 at 7:34 pm
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    Muay thai is more dangerous because it’s harder and you may use your elbows

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  • June 5, 2019 at 7:09 am
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    Bull riding is the most dangerous sport because your on a bull that ways over 2000 pounds

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  • June 20, 2019 at 12:23 pm
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    What about horse riding that is really dangerous!

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  • June 23, 2019 at 10:25 pm
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    You guys cant make lists about sports smh

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  • June 27, 2019 at 10:58 pm
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    Where's horse riding!!! One mistake can lead to death!!

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  • June 30, 2019 at 5:29 am
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    3:26 yet equestrians whole body can get smashed by 1200 lbs. in an instant…

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  • July 9, 2019 at 12:32 am
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    Bull riding is the most dangerous sport in the world because you try to stay on a bull that is over 2000 pounds for 8 seconds

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  • July 14, 2019 at 10:19 am
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    what about e-sports, it hurts a lot of people's feeling 🙁

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  • July 16, 2019 at 3:35 am
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    where’s skateboarding

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  • July 19, 2019 at 10:04 pm
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    boxing has no chance against gymnastics and rugby

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  • July 23, 2019 at 7:45 am
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    Horseback riding is #1.

    Our ball has a mind of its own.

    U play football? That’s cute

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  • July 23, 2019 at 11:55 pm
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    “Speed skating”

    draws picture of figure skates

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  • July 28, 2019 at 4:57 am
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    Volleyball?!?

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  • July 30, 2019 at 2:51 am
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    clearly, rugby isn't a sport

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  • August 6, 2019 at 1:06 am
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    I'll save you 4 minutes of your life and tell you this video is false

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  • August 11, 2019 at 4:48 am
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    Wat about wrestling not fake but real

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  • August 15, 2019 at 12:45 am
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    Road cycling.

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  • August 30, 2019 at 1:23 am
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    I think gymnastics is because People fall from 15 feet in the air onto their neck. Not to mention I’ve only been doing gymnastics for a year and I’ve seen over ten major injury’s from breaking ribs to losing fingers.

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  • September 1, 2019 at 11:45 am
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    This is why I do esports the safest sport of all😂

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  • September 7, 2019 at 1:54 am
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    What about gymnastics

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