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Hockey
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Baseball
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Basketball
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32.86%
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Most physically demanding sport?

Old 02-12-03, 04:51 PM
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Most physically demanding sport?

Which professional sport do you consider the most physically demanding?
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to prepare for
or to play
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to prepare for
or to play
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I'd say baseball.
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I'd say soccer. I'm guessing you would have to be in amazing shape and have amazing stamina to be running non stop for that long.
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I chose hockey. I figure to balance yourself on skates while taking body checks, wearing a ton of equipment and having no time outs [that's correct, isn't it?] as well as playing both offense and defense, has got to be hell to do.

The old NFL would be considered. When there were no offense/defense teams and players pretty much did both with flimsy padding, had to have been grueling. Rugby falls in this catagory as well. Field hockey to some degree.

Today's NFL, MLB, and NBA all have periods of inactivity in the form of either a time out or being away from the action.

Soccer.. well, I played fullback and sweeper and wasn't running all the time tho there are no time outs.
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Originally posted by devilshalo
and having no time outs [that's correct, isn't it?]
They have line changes though. But yes Hockey would be my second choice.
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I'd say hockey.
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It's a toss-up between soccer and hockey. Nothing requires more endurance than a midfielder in soccer. They run non-stop for two 45+ minute intervals and take a significant physical pounding unknown to those who've never played the sport at a high level. However, hockey wins on the physical. The hybrid winner is rugby, but it's not on the list. I don't think anything can really match rugby in terms of the combination of endurance and physical toughness.

So from the choices, I'll take soccer by a nose due to the frequent (albeit necessary) breaks in hockey. Also, if you are not in perfect physical condition, you can't survive in any capacity in any position in a professional soccer match. The other sports cannot claim this.

An outside shot that's often ignored is men's tennis. 5 hours all alone in 100+ degrees running short sprints on asphault is incredibly demanding. Since much of that is mental and not all matches go to those lengths, I don't think it qualifies, but I do think it's valid to recognize those epic tennis matches to which I'm not sure anything can compare.

Of course, if you extent the term "sports," professional wrestling is in a league all unto itself in terms of physical demand.

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I was thinking hockey when I opened this thread, but I think I'd have to go with soccer. The average hockey player plays 20 minutes a game whereas nearly every soccer player plays the entire 90 minutes.

If I had to rank them, it'd be:

Soccer
Hockey
Basketball
Football
Baseball
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Really, thinking about all the physical sports out there... I'd have to amend my number one and choose Water Polo.
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Hockey.

You get the crap beat out of you all the time, have to be always be moving, if you fall - you hit hard ice and not soft grass, you have to play with pain.
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Originally posted by devilshalo
I chose hockey. I figure to balance yourself on skates while taking body checks, wearing a ton of equipment and having no time outs [that's correct, isn't it?] as well as playing both offense and defense, has got to be hell to do.
i am pretty sure hockey has timeouts. at least they used to. i dont think they are used very often, but i have seen one used before on an espn game. i think the average hockey player plays roughly 20 min a game because of the line changes.
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Originally posted by nchhabra
i am pretty sure hockey has timeouts. at least they used to. i dont think they are used very often, but i have seen one used before on an espn game. i think the average hockey player plays roughly 20 min a game because of the line changes.
Each coach can call a 30sec timeout once in a game, but there are also TV timeouts called by the ref (ie. when they need a break in the game to go to commercials.)
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I'd say a toss up between soccer and hockey from this list. The physical demands are quite different. Soccer requires exceptional endurance (90 min for almost all the players) with occasional sprints. Hockey requires exceptional speed/strength but in short burts (~45sec shifts) over a 60min game (in which a player would only be on the ice for 15-30 minutes depending on his position and what line he's on.)
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Soccer all the way.
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Soccer is more demanding than hockey in my opinion, because there are less substitutions. However, there is also less physical contact.

Shouldn't endurance sports like marathons and cycling and decathlons be on the list?
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Originally posted by mnguye10
Shouldn't endurance sports like marathons and cycling and decathlons be on the list?
I chose to keep it simple and just include the popular major sports. I would have to have alot more than 10 options if I wanted to include every sport out there.
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What about lacrosse? Full-contact with a LOT of running.
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I think it has to be a toss up between football and Hockey as far as being Physically demanding. This is due to the physical nature of both sports. As far as the runnung and skating goes thats all in conditioning. Since the poll is based on just playing the sport I gave the nod to Football.

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