Possibly the most brutal contact sport on the planet. Given that fact, it’s hardly surprising that rugby has more injuries per player than any other participation sport.
9. CAVE DIVING:
Being a diver is bad enough, what with the risk of decompression, which can cause failure of the spinal cord, brain and lungs.
Cheerleading is the world’s most injury-prone sport in the world for women.
The most dangerous motor race in the world is, without doubt, the Isle of Man TT event. In its 100-year history, this one race has seen more than 220 deaths.
The sedate pastime of angling has one of the highest mortality rates of any sport due to the number of people who drown every year.
5. ROCK CLIMBING:
According to Accidents In North American Mountaineering, the year 2000 saw 24 deaths in the US due to rock climbing mishaps.
Some figures suggest more than 4,000 of us take our last breath on the fairway every year. It’s also a killing field when it comes to bad weather, with five per cent of all lightning-related deaths taking place on the golf course.
3. HORSE RIDING:
Falling off a horse can sometimes cause pretty severe injuries, such as happened to Christopher Reeves. Even being around horses can lead to injuries, they are large animals that weigh much more than us mere humans and they can pack a very powerful blow.
2. BASE JUMPING:
Dangerous for the simple fact that it’s all or nothing – if your parachute opens you’ll be fine, if it doesn’t you’re looking at certain death.
1. LAWN BOWLS:
If you’re one of the lucky ones that escapes death, there are thousands more who end up with dislocated ankles, broken hips, torn knees or who simply keel over with a heart attack or a stroke due to the incredibly stressful nature of the game.