What is an extreme sport
These are the 10 most dangerous extreme sports
Sport is murder? Usually not. But some athletes always want to experience new limits. So it's a sport where people risk their lives looking for that adrenaline rush. We'll show you - from our point of view - the ten most dangerous extreme sports.
The 10 most dangerous extreme sports
Rank 10: Volcano Boarding
This new extreme sport originated at the foot of the youngest volcano in Central America, the Cerro Negro in Nicaragua. To this day, most of the fans of volcano boarding are drawn to this hotspot.
The athletes race down the abyss at up to 80 kilometers per hour. The falls are dangerous here. At such high speeds, athletes can sustain severe cuts on the volcanic rock. However, there are also tours for newcomers here ...
9th place: shark diving
Most sharks are harmless to humans. Even the great white shark is more into other goodies. Most shark attacks are mix-ups or the result of the shark feeling threatened.
The trend towards shark diving has developed in South Africa in recent years. Many tourists get into underwater cages while the sharks are lured in with bait. In principle, this sounds harmless because people are behind bars. But that can also go wrong ...
8th place: free climbing
There is climbing here too. Without aids to move around - and often without safety - the athletes climb along buildings, construction cranes and many other obstacles. A spectacular example is the Frenchman Alain Robert, who climbed the Burj Khalifa in Dubai without safety. The same applies here: one wrong step or one careless movement and it can go very deep very quickly ...
7th place: ice climbing
This type of climbing is considered the supreme discipline of mountain sports. The ice is constantly changing, which is why the fuses must be attached and changed occasionally. Climbers use ice axes and crampons on their expeditions on frozen waterfalls or icicles.
It is one of the most dangerous extreme sports as melting ice can break at any time. In addition, the wrong gloves can quickly lead to frostbite. Therefore, the climbers need very good previous knowledge.
6th place: cave diving
With cave diving, divers dare to venture into cave systems that are far below the surface of the water. There is no daylight, which greatly affects visibility. In addition, the athletes cannot show up quickly in case of danger, which can lead to panic attacks or claustrophobia.
By the way, this sport is also used to explore grottos, caves and underground mines standing under water.
5th place: Big Wave Surfing
Many see surfing as an extreme sport. But in contrast to big wave surfing, this is almost relaxed. With big wave surfing or tow-in surfing, helicopters or jet skis take the surfers out to sea. The waves are over 20 meters high and therefore cannot be paddled.
A monster wave rolls towards the surfer at 70 kilometers per hour and brings around 500 thousand tons of water with it. Garrett McNamara holds the current world record for big wave surfing. He rode a 30 meter high wave - that's about as high as the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin!
4th place: Cliff Diving
Cliff jumping is often a test of courage for young people. But in the associated extreme sport, cliff diving athletes jump from a height of ten to 30 meters from cliffs. This is particularly dangerous because objects in the water are not made out and the depth of the water is not correctly assessed.
3rd place: base jumping
Base jumpers jump off buildings, rocks or bridges. Without safety, only equipped with a parachute. Since the jump height is usually less than 100 meters, it is one of the most dangerous extreme sports. When skydiving, you have enough time to open the parachute. This is lacking in this sport. As soon as a small mistake occurs here, the jumper has no more chance.
Thanks to many laws there are hardly any base jumpers in Germany; most of these extreme athletes are drawn to Switzerland, Norway, France or even Italy, as they are allowed to use the jumping rocks there without a permit.
2nd place: wingsuit flying
For many years people have been experimenting with developing working wingsuits. Some died in the process. For example, Franz Reichelt, who jumped from the Paris Eiffel Tower in such a suit in 1912 - and did not survive.
At the end of the 90s, a wing suit came out that is still used today. In this sport, like in base jumping, the athletes jump from cliffs or high objects. The parachute may only be opened shortly before the end, the pilots want to be in a gliding phase as long as possible. At speeds of over 160 kilometers per hour, athletes sometimes come too close to the rocks / cliffs or open the parachute too late.
1st place: highlining
Do you know the slackliners? So the people who balance on ropes in parks that hang one meter high between trees? Of course, this is not an extreme sport. But some athletes came up with the idea of stretching these slacklines between skyscrapers, ravines or mountain peaks. That alone is dangerous. But since many highlining fans also forego safety, this is our number 1 of the most dangerous extreme sports. Because if the athletes just take a wrong step or lose their balance, they have no chance.
The sports with the most injuries
Of course, extreme sports are extremely dangerous. But injuries can often not be avoided even in normal sport. One study even says that around 20 percent of accidents happen during sports. Soccer and skiing are particularly dangerous sports, with cycling taking third place.
American football is the American national sport par excellence - but it can also suffer from brain damage. “Chronic traumatic encephalopathy” is the name given to the brain trauma of football players and boxers in technical terms. Other team sports such as rugby, basketball, ice hockey and handball often lead to injuries. Other sports that have a medium to high risk of injury are tennis, badminton, ice skating and also gymnastics or gymnastics.
By the way: many accidents also happen in nature. Inline skating, horse riding and hiking or mountaineering are also in the running for the sports with the most injuries ...
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