What is the Most Dangerous Sport?

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Charlotte M., Writer/Author

What is the Most Dangerous Sport?

By: Charlotte Moos

     Many kids grow up participating in after-school sports, some for the fun of it, some for the dedication, and some for the potential legacy. While some kids decide to take part of “low-risk” sports such as swim team or golf, there are some more extreme sports that have high risks of causing physical injury or harm. This variety of sports can range anywhere from football, to gymnastics, to boxing, which all require much physical demand, creating great probability of damage to one’s body. Although many intense sports may come to mind, the one sport that is ranked most dangerous is one very uncommon per the generation. The most dangerous sport to take part in is a sport called bull riding, a sport in which a rodeo player must day on top of an upset or angry bull for eight seconds and try not to get knocked off, and the longer they can stay on, the more points they receive. In this article, the likeliness of injury will be discussed and reviewed in terms of the hazardous sport of bull riding.

One of the most highly thought of risks of being harmed during a performance in this sport, is actually falling off the aggressive bull. According to a commentator on thetoptens.com, you could “break a lot of bones and be in bed for a long time.” This means that being flung off of a almost 2,400 pound, angered animal could result in serious injury, such as broken or fractured bones, concussions, muscle afflictions, and many other possibilities. On the same note, after being exposed alone with a bull in a ring, there is a likely chance of the bull coming back for “round two”, which leaves a chance for it to ram into a bull rider, kick them, or even step on them if they are lying on the ground post being knocked off. Also, these bulls are unpredictable in their actions, for nobody can control what an enraged bull would do with a human on their back. According to HBO’s “Real Sports?” bull riders experience one “significant injury” per every fifteen showcasing events, meaning every fifteen shows, at least one person is involved in an injury exposure. Lastly, based on a report from www.reuters.com, rodeo players have a high risk of needing finger amputations from calf roping, which is a commonly performed in bull riding events. This clearly highlights that even dealing with the calves of these large bulls can result in extreme injury, in doing something as simple as catching an infant bull with a rope. Overall, the extent of extremity a bull rider can be put through during their career, hobby, or sport choice can be seen through their high number of injuries they’ve likely received.

In summation, bull riders need all the credit they can receive for sustaining the faults they have sustained through choosing to perform in their sport. Although a football player may receive consistent concussions, broken bones, and muscle strains, the bull riders have much more injuries to “brag” about on their record. Also, the fight they endure during a performance is quite incredible considering that they are on the back of a reckless animal that will stop at nothing to buck the rider off. All in all, one can probably figure that a bull rider has the most scars to show because bull riding in the most dangerous sport to participate in.