Playing a sport usually has a great effect on people and their bodies. Sports increase your cardiovascular fitness, improve your bone health, and sleep schedule.  If I go on, I could even convince you to get up and start playing a sport right now. However, today we are going to talk about 3 of the world’s most dangerous sports that can be ended by a trip to the ER.

1. Bull riding

Bull riding is also known as “the most dangerous eight seconds in sports”. Let me explain, Bull riding originated in charreadas, old Mexico in the 16th century. At first, it was much more intense where riders would literally ride the bull to death. Thankfully, this later evolved to riding the bull until it is tired. A rider climbs on the back of a large bull and tries to stay on it for 8 seconds once it has been released into the ring.  This sport has only one rule which states that only one hand must be always placed either on the rope or on the bull. Today, bull riding is considered as the fastest growing sports in the United States.

2. Cheerleading

This one is for the people that state that cheerleading is not a sport and “not even that hard”. Cheerleading originated in the United States, in the 1880s by, wait for it, men. Yes, although cheerleading is mostly popular in females, it was actually initiated by a guy during a football match. Cheerleading is basically a team-based sport, where trust is a basic need. It involves dancing, jumping, gymnastics, and obviously, cheering. Cheerleading is in fact considered to be very dangerous because people are thrown 30 feet in the air with nothing to protect their heads except their teammates who try to catch them as they come back down to earth.

3. Mountaineering

Mountaineering is an outdoor sport of climbing tall mountains. It is obvious that mountain climbing includes dangers like slipping, snow-avalanches and dangers resulting from altitude and weather. People who take a chance on mountaineering should know that there are people who go missing and even worse, die during the sport. For example, there are over 200 bodies left behind on mount Everest. However, it has its benefits, aside from the amazing views you get to see, it improves your physical fitness and cardiovascular fitness. The aim of this sport is reaching the peak of the mountain by overcoming any obstacle that comes in a way. Put your gear on and climb up that mountain if you’re up for it.

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