It is so difficult to rate athleticism on a scale. However, there are some sports that require more athleticism than others.

Even sports scientists and panels of experts will have varied opinions on this list. However, some of the factors of athletic ability include:

  • Strength
  • Agility
  • Endurance
  • Speed
  • Hand-eye coordination

As a sports performance coach, I’ve narrowed it down to the top 5 list. Let’s look at what professional sports require the most athleticism.

1. Basketball

Basketball players often exhibit a mix of speed, agility, and jumping ability. The sport demands quick reflexes and exceptional hand-eye coordination, especially when attempting shots under pressure or making split-second passes. Not to mention the stamina required to run up and down the court for extended periods.

2. Football

Play football, and you’ll quickly realize it’s not just about brute strength. Yes, strength and power are vital, especially for roles like linemen. But think about wide receivers who need both speed and agility to make sharp turns, elude defenders, and catch the ball at high speeds.

3. Baseball

Being a baseball player is about more than just hitting or catching a ball. It requires impeccable hand-eye coordination, especially when trying to hit a fastball traveling at high speeds. Agility is also essential when fielding, and base running demands both speed and tactical intelligence.

4. Soccer

Soccer players are some of the most well-rounded athletes in the world. They need exceptional endurance to run up and down the field for 90 minutes.

They also require strength to hold off opponents and the agility to maneuver the ball and quickly change direction as needed.

5. Track and Field

This sport is the embodiment of natural athletes showcasing pure athletic prowess. Whether it’s sprinting, long-distance running, or the field events like shot put and high jump, each event demands a unique blend of strength, agility, and technique.