Top 10 Injury-Prone Sports In The World

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Are you the sporting type? It’s great if you are; there’s nothing like indulging in your favorite sport. Here are ten great, popular sports that are also the most injury-prone. We’ve also provided some basic statistics of the number of injuries reported due to these sports in a year.

10. Street Luging

Street luging involves rolling down busy highways while lying on elongated skateboard. There are no brakes, and the sportsperson is placed at just an inch from the road surface. Passing vehicles will perceive the skateboard as a puddle on the road, which increases the danger. Street luging is illegal in many countries in the world.

Injury statistics: About 5 to 15 people die or are badly injured every year while participating in street luging in each country where the sport is allowed.

09. Heliskiing

Heliskiing involves being helicoptered to high snowcaps, where sportspersons dive off on to virgin slopes wearing skis. This extreme sport causes many accidents and deaths every year, as many are trapped in avalanches, or are injured while falling on their skis.

Injury statistics: 45 to 50 people are seriously and sometimes fatally injured while heliskiing every year.

08. Big-Wave Surfing

Surfing can be great fun. Big wave surfing cranks a shaft a few degrees more by towing surfers into huge 50 feet high waves, powerful enough to crush small towns. The brute force of these monster waves can bury you under water, kill you outright or smash your head on submerged rocks. Every year thousands of people indulge in this extremely injury-prone sport.

Injury statistics: Big wave surfing causes at least 1 or 2 deaths every year, along with several minor to major injuries.

07. Bull Riding

Bull riding began as an offshoot of the western rodeo gymnastics. Every year, thousands of bull-riding enthusiasts regularly straddle 1800 pounds of furious bull flesh in an attempt to ride the bull. Needless to say, these riders are invariably thrown 10 feet into the air. If the bull rider doesn’t break their jaws, ribs or bones, there’s always the bull to cause injury.

Injury statistics: Approximately 10 to 15 people die every year while bull riding, while a countless number of people are seriously injured.

06. Bull Running

Bull running involves running in front of a bull that’s been let loose on narrow village streets. Called an encierro, bull running is a popular sport in Spain, more specifically in Pamplona. The bulls are run from off-site corrals to the bullring where bull riding and bullfighting sports are conducted.

Injury statistics: 200 and 300 people are injured every year, owing to head contusions.  A total of 14 people have been killed in Pamplona’s encierro in Pamplona alone since 1910.

05. Cheerleading

Cheerleading was only seen as a sideline activity during sport events such as football games. Now cheerleading is considered a sport in itself, and an injury-prone dangerous sport at that. Cheerleading accidents can cause broken legs and spinal injuries.

Injury statistics: Every year, over 20,000 women are injured in cheerleading events around the world.

04. Motorcycle Racing

Motorcycling is without doubt the most dangerous motorsport in the world. Motorcyclists are required to drive through rocks, trees, slime, snow, and gravel and so on while keeping a cool head, steady balance and maintaining extremely high speeds.

Injury statistics: In the Isle of Man TT event alone, over 220 deaths and innumerable injuries have occurred in the last 100 years. This is exclusive of the many deaths and injuries owing to professional and amateur motorcycling event accidents every year.

03. High Altitude Climbing

Mountaineering is fraught with dangers such as hypothermia, hypoxia, pneumonia, frostbite, injuries, drowning and many others. Even a minor injury can turn fatal if rescue is not timely. The glare from the Sun on those high slopes can blind climbers as well; losing eye protectors can cause blindness.

Injury statistics: One person out of every six mountain climbers dies every year. Out of the 1,300 people who’ve attempted to climb Mount Everest, 179 climbers have died. Every year, countless mountain climbers all over the world suffer minor to critical and sometimes fatal injuries while climbing.

02. BASE Jumping

BASE jumpers throw themselves off any high spot on earth, including tall buildings. These jumpers are protected only by a hand-deployed parachute. Many people meet with horrific accidents when they’re slammed against the building, cliff or peak from which they jump. Injuries are rampant and deaths are frequent. BASE-jumping is illegal in most countries.

Injury statistics: Between 5 and 15 BASE jumpers die each year, according to statistics published by the International PRO BASE Circuit. This is apart from several reported and unreported major to critical injuries this sport causes.

01. Cave Diving

Cave diving involves diving into unexplored, uncharted caves around the world. Cave divers are exposed to low-visibility conditions, freezing temperatures, cramped surroundings that cut off body circulation, lack of oxygen and so on. Though uncharted, underground caves do contain wild animals that can attack cave divers without warning. The risks are high while protection is slim. The National Speleological Society considers a cave dive as successful when the divers return in one piece.

Injury statistics: Since the 1960s, over 500 people have died and innumerable injuries have occurred owing to cave diving.

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Interesting Facts about Skydiving

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Most people know that skydiving involves jumping from a perfectly good airplane, floating down, deploying a parachute and landing. However, if that is all you think there is to skydiving, you may be surprised! Though a popular sport today did, you know that it has been around since 1797? Andre-Jacques Garnerin successfully jumped from hot air balloons in 1797. It is fitting that the first woman to parachute was the wife of the inventor of the device. Jeanne-Genevieve Garnerin was the first woman to ever make a parachute jump in 1799. Here are a few more interesting facts about skydiving.


There is a common misconception that parachuting or skydiving is dangerous, and considering human beings are jumping from extremely high altitudes with little between them and certain death this is a fair assumption. However, it is also false, throughout out the United States there are only about 30 deaths per year attributed to the sport. This is approximately 1 death per 100,000 jumps or .001%.

Safety equipment and regulations are so strict that very few accidents occur. In the US, a skydiver is required to jump with two chutes, a main and backup. The backup or reserve parachute must be examined and repacked periodically by a certified rigger.

Age is Not a Factor

If you think that skydiving is only for the young, there are a couple of people you should meet. Frank Moody was 101 years old when he set the age record for the oldest tandem jump in 2004! Then there is the lady who wanted to jump for her 99th birthday and skydived from 12,000 feet. Even youth is not a barrier to this fantastic sport as a four-year-old holds the record for youngest tandem jump from 10,000 feet.

Parachute Life Saving Device

You already know that the parachute is your life saving device when you are floating through the air, but what about water crash landings? There have been numerous reports of military pilots who have been pulled to safety  underwater by deploying their chutes!

Highest Jump

The record for the highest parachute jump is still held by Captain Kittenger. He was testing high altitude escape systems for the US military when he ascended to over 100,000 feet and jumped.  His decent topped out at 714 mph and lasted 4 minutes and 36 seconds. Due to the altitude he was of course wearing a pressure suit.


Many people are concerned that the free fall from an airplane will induce a heart attack! Not so say veteran jumpers, the feeling is not like that of a rollercoaster but instead like floating and the air resistance actually provides a sensation of support.


These are just some fun and interesting facts about skydiving. If you have ever been interested in the sport there are numerous resources for locating a skydiving class near you. Before you will be allowed to jump on your own, most instructors prefer you have about 20 jumps under your belt. You should know of course that some of your instruction is going to take place far above the ground!


Eric Boyd is the owner and operator of Skydive Spaceland a skydive Houston resort and dropzone. Skydive Spaceland uses the most advanced equipment and training for skydiving and tandem skydiving.

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Top 5 Travel Destinations for Extreme Sports Enthusiasts

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Top 5 Travel Destinations for Extreme Sports Enthusiasts

Whether you are a scuba-diver, sky-diver, mountain climber, bungee-jumper or white water rafter, one thing is certain: these are extreme sports that only a select few are comfortable participating in.  Chances are, you love more than one of these sports and do them every chance you get. Here are some top travel destinations for the extreme sports enthusiast.

1)      Hawaii: This is one of the most beautiful places on earth, with clear-blue beaches and an abundance of marine life. You will find many opportunities such as scuba-diving, snorkelling, sky-diving and bungee-jumping. Whether you want to jump out of a plane to see the beautiful islands and scenery, or dive down 200 feet to see ship wrecks and corals, this spot is heaven on earth.

2)      Ottawa/Quebec: Ottawa provides one of the best white-water rafting experiences in North America; if you’re into sky-diving you can go to the Ottawa/Gatineau airport in Quebec. You will see breathtaking scenery, as well as the St. Lawrence River. This is definitely an extreme sportsman’s dream come true.

3)      Australia and the Great Barrier Reef: This famous reef is a picturesque sight of beauty. Snorkel or scuba dive to see the amazing marine life: sting rays, giant sea turtles, sharks and a colourful array of fish await you here. Don’t forget your underwater camera.

4)      Niagara Falls: Since you can’t go over the Falls in a barrel (it’s illegal), the sports enthusiast will have to settle for white-water rafting, or skydiving over this natural wonder. An amazing, thrilling adventure you won’t soon forget.

5)      Mount Kilimanjaro: Located in Tanzania, this famous sight is the mountain climber’s dream, and is conquered by thousands of people each year. Go on your own or with a tour guide; this will give you long lasting memories you won’t ever forget.

There are, of course, hundreds of other places throughout the world to practice your skills and see breathtaking views and sights. Keep in mind that some of the most popular are also some of the most crowded. You will have to decide where to go based on your own preference and budget. Create a top 10 list, and make some goals to visit at least three or four of them in the next five years. Don’t put anything off; you may regret it later. Visit your local travel agent, or do some research online for guided tours or packages. A word of caution about buying online: make sure you are purchasing from a reputable company, and that any tickets you purchase are in fact valid.

You should also be sure you have a life insurance policy in place before you venture onto your next destination. No one likes to think about their mortality, but the fact is the possibility of tragedy exists. Most athletes that enjoy extreme sports understands risk versus reward so I won’t lecture anybody here but being safe should be your number one priority.


Johnny Guyzer is a long time extreme sports enthusiast and although he enjoys the adrenaline rush, he understands that he needs to take care of his family first. That is the reason he buys Alberta life insurance if he plans on skiing in that province and buys Saskatchewan life insurance when he rides dirt bikes out in the Prairies.

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