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Top 10 Most Difficult Sports

Top 10 Most Difficult Sports

 

For this list, we’re looking at some of the most challenging popular sports as
ranked by ESPN and its panelists these are based on a balanced evaluation of
the endurance strength power speed agility flexibility nerve durability
hand-eye coordination and analytical aptitude required to excel in the sport
Number 10 Football also known as soccer requiring little equipment and with
basics that are easy to learn football has unsurprisingly become the most
played sport in the world that is said while it might be easy to get
involved mastering the nuances and techniques of this game are anything but
otherwise known as soccer it’s all about speed and controls it actually requires a
a higher level of agility than any other the sport we’ll be discussing today
considering the size of the field and long periods of often continuous play it
also demands extreme endurance add to that the analytical aptitude necessary
to coordinate with your teammates and navigate your opponent’s and you’ve got
a game that is both physical and cerebral Number 9 Baseball softball it
might involve a lot of standing around but don’t let that fool you
baseball and softball are both seriously tough while the endurance required is
marginal compared to other sports the level of hand-eye coordination they
demand is off the charts and apart from those two outliers baseball and its
variants softball requires a mid to high level of performance and pretty much
every other one of the categories discussed analytical aptitude and raw
power are both essential as the sport is rooted in careful planning split-second
decisions and short but powerful bursts of energy so yeah there is a fair amount
of downtime but players never stop thinking and when they’re active
these athletes are giving it their all Number Eight gymnastics we’ve got one
the word for your flexibility as baseball is too analytical aptitude gymnastics is to
flexibility and then some considering the fact that flexibility seemingly
becomes an issue by default as we age you can only imagine the sort of
the rigorous training that professional gymnasts go through to maintain the on
an inspiring range of movement essential to their sport of course while professional
gymnastics would be literally impossible without a high level of flexibility
that’s far from being the only factor just look at the sort of positions these
athletes put themselves into that requires power to achieve the strength to
maintain hit nerves of steel to even attempt Number Seven tennis like
baseball this racket sport requires wicked hand-eye coordination when being
served tennis balls are regularly traveling at well over a hundred miles
per hour the WTA recognized world-record is one hundred and fifty-seven point
eight miles per hour for men and 131miles per hour for women now imagine the
sort of hand-eye coordination and reflexes required to not only hit a
tennis ball traveling at that speeds but also accurately redirect it then
there’s the power necessary to hit them at that speed, to begin with, if you’ve
ever played tennis before you’ll know that endurance is also a major factor it
takes excellent cardio to be able to keep moving around the court like that
agility to Number Six martial arts this one should come as a surprise to no one
to be involved in martial arts at a professional-level involves extreme
levels of dedication physical fortitude self-awareness and control regardless of
which form of martial arts you’re talking about specifically you’re gonna
need power speed agility and durability to make it through about of course the
analytical aptitude also needs to be there since you’re going toe-to-toe with
an opponent both physically and mentally meaning that you’ve got to be able to
analyze and adapt your approach as you go Number Five wrestling on the subject
of combat sports how about this long-practiced form of grappling it’s an
interesting one because like martial arts it requires a fair amount of power
and flexibility but it differs from the former and that
it demands significantly more strength unlike in most sports when wrestling
your muscles are exerting force for long periods of time rather than in short
powerful bursts the specifics vary depending on the type of wrestling
you’re doing put in all forms of competition a wrestler is grappling for
superiority over their opponent or to push them out of the ring both of which
require tremendous strength to accomplish Number Four basketball there
are few professional sports that demand a more varied performance from their
athletes than basketball this relatively young sport invented in 1891 are second
only to football in terms of agility but in almost every other regard it is more
taxing on the players the style of play requires a high level
of endurance and analytical aptitude while the physicality of the sport
demands strength power and speed where it really stands out however even within
the context of other ball-based sports is the hand-eye coordination involved
the target is incredibly small considering the distance from which the
athletes are often shooting Number Three American football evolving out of
traditional football meaning soccer and rugby this distinctly American game
takes a serious toll on its athlete’s protective equipment and all the extreme
the physicality of the game is devastating and injuries are very common meaning
that it requires a high level of durability the game is truly explosive
in nature, while it may have a lot of stopping and starting from the moment
that the quarterback gets the ball every the player on the field defense and offense
alike is giving 100% to the task they’ve been assigned as such the sport demands
both strength and power of a level rarely seen in other sports Number Two
ice hockey requiring only marginally less durability than football but still
a whole lot of it hockey is arguably the most technically complex team sport that
an athlete can play professionally the speed and style of gameplay require an
incredible level of analytical aptitude and the often lengthy periods of
uninterrupted play demands an exceptional level of coordination between players of
course because of the physical nature of the game
strength power endurance agility and speed are all prerequisites really there
are few aspects of athleticism in which hockey players can afford to not excel
Number One boxing this long-popular combat sport requires an off-the-charts
level of performance in more ways than one the length of each round requires a high
level of endurance while the nature of the competition demands peak power and
strength speed and agility might not be quite as crucial as in some of the other
sports discussed today but depending on boxers fighting style
they are still major factors boxing requires comparable durability to
American football but admittedly more nerve and significantly greater hand-eye
coordination in many ways a boxer is an athlete operating at a peak competitive
physical performance.

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