Which sport has the toughest athletes?
I say professional bull riders are the toughest.
They are all tough, but I would have to go with NFL football players, who take a repeated beating both on offense & defense.
This depends on how you say "tough." UFC Fighters and NFL Stars are the most obviously tough, but there is also the extreme endurance required for sports like swimming and cross country, extreme strength or flexibility for weight lifting or gymnastics, and so forth.
Personally I'd say the toughest athletes are mountaineers. They not only put up with huge muscle stress, but much punishment from the elements, they're far away from medical help, and their sport is the most applicable and practical for real life.
I would say rugby they don't need the armour stuff American rugby has.
Bull riders are tough but as a figure skater I have to say we are. We have to build and maintain the stamina of Olympic sprinters (even when NOT competing in the Olympics), we have to hurl our bodies off the ice and we land at forces of up to 8 or 9 times our body weight. In addition, we have to work on flexibility off the ice and do strength training off ice as well. There are some 100 lb skaters that can lift two or almost three times their body weight!
ON the ice we have to make speeding around at 20 - 25 mph look like a walk in the park and we have to spin without traveling off center. This is not to mention cutting yourself (or others) with your blades, taking headers, shoulders, back, knees, and butt to the ice as well. To get to the point of making all this look easy, our bruises or pains suffered from HUNDREDS or THOUSANDS of falls might not be easily seen because we love what we do and we try to show it through our artistry and enthusiasm.
Gotta agree with Dantex460 on this one. Rugby players a tough and never whine. They connect Ina physically brutal game with no padding and simply shrug it off when they get hurt. There are numerous pictures/videos of rugby players covered in blood simply carrying on doing what they do. Kudos to all the rugby players out there!
I like the NBA players. Unlike baseball and football there's very few overweight athletes in basketball, yet there's plenty of contact. You have people with no protection, neither body fat nor man-made padding.
In terms of raw "toughness" I'd say Mixed Martial Artists, Rugy or NFL players would take it hands down. But when you start throwing in the endurance of soccer players/iron man athletes have, it becomes a much more complex question to answer!
I'd say MMA fighters. Balls out fighting for 15 minutes, 25 minutes for a champinship match. Ever get in a fight? After about 2 minutes you're about to puke your innards out.
The old Pride Grand Prix's you'd fight 2-3-4 times in one night.
Though I have never witnessed a rugby match, I feel the monstrous size of these people may be an estimate of how strong these giants are.
They are tough guys with gigantic strength!
You need to watch a Rugby match at some point, in fact if you haven't in the last 3 years watch one this weekend, you will no doubt enjoy it, and if you do you can start your own team and show the world how much of a real man you are.
by rcrm89 10 years ago
Excluding darts () and multi-event sports like heptathlon/decathlon.I would say rugby.
by Freegoldman 8 years ago
Is it swimming, basket ball or hockey?
by Liam Hallam 10 years ago
We've seen kettlebells make a rise Ultimate frisby is gaining popularityWhat do you see as a future big sport?
by lesliebyars 8 years ago
It comes down to three sports really. Football, Boxing and MMA. Boxing is the most dangerous without a doubt. I hate to say it but deaths occur yearly in the ring. Boxing and MMA are my two favorite sports by the way.
by IndiePharm 9 years ago
What's more "manly sport? American football or British rugby?
by goose03 9 years ago
What sport in the world pays the highest to it's professional athletes?
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