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Which professional sport is the most demanding & requires?(14 posts)

Which professional sport is the most demanding & requires?AllisonHayes
May 9, 2002 2:39 AM
the most physical and mental conditioning? Is it even possible to compare?

I believe professional cycling is one of the most--if not the most demanding sport, both physically and mentally. I also believe it is one of the best overall activities for anyone, professional or not.

Am I biased?
Any pro sport is demanding, whether physical or mental. ButPaul
May 9, 2002 3:27 AM
the TDF is rated the most demanding of any pro event by the experts. Three weeks of constant output is hard to top. I suppose people will argue about extreme sports, should be interesting.

BTW, I enjoy your sci writing. I write screenplays as a hobby. Almost sold one, still trying.
You write screenplays?AllisonHayes
May 9, 2002 4:03 PM
That is really great! What kinds of material have you written?

I am wholly blown away by the creative talent that I find on this board. At the same time, I can't believe how inane this board can be at times as well.

I guess we cover the entire spectrum, but mostly its on the positive side.
Is XC Skiing a professional sport anywhere...biknben
May 9, 2002 4:56 AM
I think x-c skiing tops the list for physical conditioning. Wheather it's a Pro sport or not I don't know. I'm sure there are people making money doing it. Does that make it a pro sport or were you talking team type sports.

As far as the mental aspect, cycling would have to be near the top. There's a lot of stuff going on in a race. With team tactics, breaks, primes, different jerseys, etc. it's difficult to keep straight in your head.

I might get drilled for this but I would consider Baseball near the top for mental conditioning. Having played the game for many years I know there's alot going on in a game. At a competative level you run through all the possible scenarioes in your head between every pitch. I know there were times that I thought I had made the perfect play only to find out I forgot how many outs there were. Doh!
May 9, 2002 5:25 AM
It takes skills and experence to know where to go with the ball and make the correct play. In my opinion, Baseball is not demanding at all. Plus, you get all that rest between innings.
The mental aspect, not physical...biknben
May 9, 2002 6:35 AM
Yeah I know it doesn't take a superhuman athlete to PHYSICALLY play baseball. Those guys standing in the field scratching their nuts do have a lot to think about though. There is a great deal of strategy involved and there are an infinate number of scenarioes to consider.

Many consider the game to be boring to watch. I understand why some may think that way. When you truely get into the game it can be quite interesting.
Is XC Skiing a professional sport anywhere...Me Dot Org
May 9, 2002 9:08 AM
Mentally, I would agree that baseball requires discipline. Physically, it requires skill and reaction time. But all-around conditioning?

Rod Beck?
Jon Kruk?
Mickey Lolitch?
Mo Vaugh?

Even the Great George Herman Ruth didn't exactly have a training regimen to strain the bounds of his character. get the idea...
BMX, Nordic skiing, soccer in that order I have heard for pure128
May 9, 2002 5:23 AM
energy output. I ran last night instead of cycle, and wouldn't you know it, that group I've been hunting for shot past me on their slick machines: Colnago-Fwip! Lightspeed- Schting! Merlin-Shoop! and a grinder on a OCLV- creak, creak! and going up my second steepest climb.

ANYway, as I've been riding alot and mining the more demanding aspects of fitness cycling, I had to stop, turn and think "This has got to be the sickest sport." Not the least because, it looks easy, such efficient energy transfer smooths out the look of the pain. And there's the mental game too.
Now call me old fashioned, and as much as I love it, golf is for pansies, but I believe, next to chess, golf has got to be the most mentaly demanding sport: try hitting a ball alone with your best friend in the middle of nowhere; pressure, never mind in front of gallery, for 18 holes, four days in a row: brutal. I think cycling combines the mental game of golf, with the speed of formula one, with the energy out put of any field sport, with the politics of Italy. Tough combo to top.
(reminds me of how David Lee Roth described Van Halen: "our music is a cross between religion and hockey.")
Boxing. nmRoyGBiv
May 9, 2002 6:00 AM
UFC fights. The original format.firstrax
May 9, 2002 6:08 AM
Physical? Wrestling Mental? Maybe cyclingQuack
May 9, 2002 6:11 AM
Being that you are posting on a roadbike website, I would say that you qualify as biased. But, nonetheless, it is an interesting topic.

If you take into account cardiovascular fitness along with muscular strength and endurance, bicycling qualifies as demanding, but definitely not the most demanding. I would personally put wrestling at the top of the list, followed by lineman in football, and any forward position in hockey. Physical demands on your body are much greater in sports where you are constantly trying to move another human that is trying to do the same to you.

Cycling as the most mentally demanding? You might be right. Cycling definitely demands strategy, and discipline. Each rider has strengths and weaknesses that he/she must leverage to put themselves in a position to win. Especially in stage races.

As far as bicycling being the best overall activity for anyone, I would agree for anyone not grossly overweight. Bicycling, especially bicycle racing, seems to favor smaller people. The highest power to weight ratio normally wins, especially in MTB racing and climbing races. Grossly overweight people would most likely never be comfortable on the modern bicycle. But if they lost weight, they're in.
NHL Playoffshusker
May 9, 2002 6:17 AM
Physical abuse, mental abuse and high intensity inerval training. Just watch it sometime.
physical and physical+mentalWannabe
May 9, 2002 6:42 AM
Well, for physical + mental I too have to go with hockey, cycling and soccer not necessarily in that order.

One that has not been mentioned is paddle sports, specifically kayaking. Seriously physical stuff. Maybe not quite the mental aspect though...

re: Which professional sport is the most demanding & requires?SnowBlind
May 9, 2002 7:39 AM
Those nut jobs that sail around the world, solo, in what is essentually a large skiff.
Crazy: BOC challenge, you get three stops, 27000 miles.
Insane: Vendee Challenge: No stops, 27000 miles.

I'll try the Tour any day, thank you very much. Bet those sailor don't get to kiss the podeum girls either.
Of course, after 130 to 200 days by myself, I might not want to be around ANYBODY.
Only a handfull of people are will to even try this. The field for one of these races is only about 20.