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What Are the Most Physically Tough Sports

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There are some sports that require mental stamina, some that require precision – many that require skills, and some that require sheer physical toughness – testing an athlete’s endurance, strength, and resilience. 

Every single sport comes with its own set of challenges. Or else everyone would be doing it, but there are some that stand out for their rigorous physical demands. 

Here, we are going to take a look at some of the physically toughest sports.


We obviously can’t fail to mention rugby – a hugely physically demanding sport that stands out for its power, physicality and strategic gameplay. Played with full-contact tackles, scrums, and dynamic plays, rugby is a sport that requires athleticism and resilience from those who dare try their hand at the sport. 

To play the game, you need to be not only very physically fit but also incredibly strong and have the mental toughness to withstand whatever is thrown at you. As players make their way up the pitch – engaging in seriously massive collisions along the way and showcasing their agility, they need both speed and power to score. 

Rugby is the epitome of a physically challenging sport that combines strength, strategy, and endurance. 


Then we have boxing, a sport of precision and power, which epitomises raw physical toughness. Two opponents enter the ring, standing toe to toe, eye to eye, as they play mind games before the real action begins.

Not only does this combat sport demand a lot of physical strength and power, but also agility, strategy and endurance. Trying to last the whole twelve rounds when being on the end of some seriously big punches is no mean feat. As such, boxers have to undergo hardcore training, honing all their skills; in punching, dodging, and defending. A boxing match is a test of physical and mental strength, where fighters have to endure a relentless onslaught – absorb punches and deliver strikes and combinations when the time is right. 

Ice hockey

Ice hockey is the quintessential display of physical toughness; combining skill, speed, and brutal contact on ice. Players have to navigate the rink with remarkable balance and agility, using their sticks to control the puck and score goals. 

However, what sets ice hockey apart is the bone-jarring body checks and rock-hard collisions against the boards. Then, of course, there’s the danger that comes with the fact that they are never too far from a deadly blade. The game’s fast-paced nature demands not just skilful skating and precise shooting but also sheer strength, bloody-mindedness and physicality.

American football

American football is a game of strategic prowess and formidable physicality. Played in four quarters, every minute is a relentless exchange of offensive and defensive power and demands serious toughness. 

With bone-rattling (and sometimes breaking) tackles, players don their protective gear and engage in a fearsome contest to try and get that touchdown. Beyond those touchdowns and field goals, the sport is defined by the raw physical force that is displayed on every play. 


Football – arguably the most popular sport in the world, is a real blend of elegance and endurance. If you have ever tried your luck with the football betting odds, you’ll be well aware of the highs and lows of the games. The speed and the agility that is required in each one of the 90+ minutes played – and the bad tackles that can lead to some seriously bad injuries.

The fast-paced nature of the beautiful game requires players to be constantly on the move – never letting their concentration drop for just one minute, showcasing both cardiovascular fitness and mental strength. 


Pretty much every sport requires a strength of some sort – mental and physical, but these are sports that require physical fitness and real strength of mind. Anyone who wants to make it to the top of these games needs to have power, fortitude – and a desire to win. 

From the cauliflower ears of the rugby pitch and the cut lips and black eyes of the boxing match to the broken legs of football, to succeed in these sports, you need to be on another level.

Adam Mulligan, a psychology graduate from the University of Hertfordshire, has a keen interest in the fields of mental health, wellness, and lifestyle.

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