The Most Dangerous Sports in the World

April 12, 2012 at 2:55 pm | Posted in Pictures, Sports and Rec, Surfing, Swimming | Leave a comment
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By Limoge

For most people, playing a sport is a relatively simple and safe activity. There’s usually a ball that you either hit with a bat or toss on the  gridiron or whack on the green way. For other people however, sports ain’t nothing without shedding  some serious blood, sweat and tears.  For these people here is our list of the 11 most dangerous sports in the world.  Before participating in any of the following sports, make sure you have really good medical coverage!:

Base Jumper

If it’s not a bird or a plane then it’s probably… a base jumper, one of those individuals who just don’t feel truly alive unless they’re hurling themselves with nothing but a parachute from buildings, antennas, bridges or cliffs. Chances are that if you don’t die by reaching the ground before planned, the wind could easily slam you into the object you’ve just left behind–or hoped to. Not only is this activity lethal–between 5 and 15 people die each year, according to The International PRO BASE Circuit–it’s also illegal in many parts of the world, including the U.S. Well, someone has to save those poor bastards from themselves!

Scuba Diving

Scuba (an acronym that stands for self-contained underwater breathing apparatus) diving is an increasingly popular sport, but imitating fish clearly has its drawbacks. The ascent from a dive, if done too fast, can cause decompression illnesses (including the bends), potentially causing failure of the spinal cord, brain and lungs. Not to mention that sharks passing by might be just a tad moody.

Cave Diving

Talk about living on the edge! Hypothermia, getting lost, getting separated from your diving buddy, low visibility, air loss and lighting failure are just some of the hazards in this umm, unusual sport. The National Speleological Society defines a successful dive as “one you return from.” Unlike open-sea diving, you can’t simply come up for air–you’d smash your head! According to the Texas-based San Marcos Area Recovery Team, more than 500 people have died since 1960 in cave diving accidents in Florida, Mexico and the Caribbean alone. And experience alone does not guarantee survival, as many of the victims have been instructors and technical divers.

Big Wave Surfing

Big-wave surfing is misleading. These waves aren’t big, they’re HUGE! Drowning, by being pulled under by the current, by smashing your head against hidden rocks, or by being whacked by the board on which you were supposed to be elegantly surfing, can be deadly. As a spokesperson for the California’s Surfline, points out: “Anyone can try this sport, but the chances are you won’t be coming back.”  Nice.

Street Luging

Started in the 1970s by a group of California kids (who obviously had nothing better to do), street luging is an extreme sport where you literally lie down on your skateboard and “butt-board” next to motor vehicles. Short of a collision, the only thing to stop you are your feet. Today, legality of this sport on highways is a gray area, and there’s no guarantee that cars or trucks will see you, let alone avoid you. Protective leathers and a helmet are essential–that is, if you don’t want to smear yourself all over the road.  Ouch!

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