Sports Requiring Flexibility

Which sports are ranked highest for Flexibility? This list is based on an analysis of 60 sports by an expert team at ESPN. A perfect 10 by gymnastics! See rankings for other components of fitness. We have also created our own listing of top flexibility rated sports, based on what you, the website visitor, think. It is not the same.

ranking sport rating (/10)
1 Gymnastics 10.00
2 Diving 8.50
3 Figure Skating 8.25
=4 Wrestling 7.50
=4 Cheerleading 7.50
=6 Martial Arts 7.00
=6 Track and Field: Pole Vault 7.00
8 Skiing: Freestyle 6.88
9 Track and Field: High Jump 6.63
10 Racquetball/Squash 5.88
11 Track and Field: Long, Triple jumps 5.75
=12 Basketball 5.63
=12 Tennis 5.63
=12 Skiing: Alpine 5.63
=12 Fencing 5.63
=16 Surfing 5.50
=16 Swimming (all strokes): Sprints 5.50
=16 Swimming (all strokes): Distance 5.50
19 Badminton 5.25
20 Volleyball 5.13


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If you are new to exercise, consider getting a medical assessment before doing too much. Fill out a PARQ to see if you are ready. The best thing you could do is perform a warm-up before each fitness session, which should include some stretching. When training, following correct exercise technique can help reduce injuries and maximise fitness gains.

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