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The World's Fittest Sports - What I Think

There are individual athletes from a large range of sports which would be considered extremely fit, which ever way you define fitness (see info about the world's greatest athlete). However, here we are interested in the SPORT which requires the greatest levels of fitness.

As fitness is not defined by just one component like endurance, speed or strength, the world's fittest sport would be one that requires the highest level overall on a wide range of factors.

Here at Topend Sports we have come up with a list of factors of success in sports, and ranked just the fitness components of these for a range of sports to create our list of the World's Fittest Sport. In a similar process used by ESPN (Most Demanding Sports), by rating each of these factors in a whole range of sports, the profile of each sport can be compared to determine the sport ranked highest in terms of these fitness and sport psychology factors.

I have created a list of the top 10 sports which I consider be require the greatest level of overall fitness. The list was determined by giving a rating to each of the five main trainable fitness components (aerobic, strength, speed/power, flexibility and agility) out of the factors of success in sports, then weighting these scores with aerobic most important, and agility and flexibility the least important.

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My Fittest Sport - Boxing

Boxing came out on top of my list, as it did in a related list by ESPN. Some of the top 10s from each list is similar (Boxing, Ice Hockey, Tennis) though AFL was not even considered in their calculations. Although over 70 sports were considered here, there may be other sports that could score as well as these if they were included.

Ranking Sport
1 Boxing
3 Lacrosse
4 Field Hockey
5 Ice Hockey
6 Team Handball
7 Tennis
8 Canoe/Kayak
9 Squash / Racquetball
10 Rugby Union

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Football/Soccer is clearly the world's most popular sport, and has the most popular athletes, but which sport has the fittest players (but not necessarily the greatest athlete). These players do not always earn the most. The best of the best have made it to our 7 Sporting Wonders Lists.

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