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also, this definatley
i know about 5 kids whove blown out knees, only one of which was done skiing, the other football, basketball, lax etc.
yeah the only injury ive ever had was whiplash... but that wasn't even that bad. but ive just torn 3 ligaments in my ankle in two places on each so i won't be skiing for 6-8 weeks :( but that was completely unrelated to skiing.
I turn 20 next week. and i've
broke both leges
and i still love to ride the park, i can honestly say I'm not as quick to be tricking first few runs, or being the guini pig. but i'm still out there shredding every chance i get and don't plan on slowing down. now that my knee is finally healing i'd love to come back stronger than ever.
I know in the future I'll have chronic pain from past injurys but that is just something i'll have to deal with due to decisions i've made. I don't look forward to it, but all i can do is stay in the best possible shape and be prepared and hopefully prevent.
I couldn't tell whether to laugh or cry. But I did laugh at the park skiers are better with the ladies part. Hilarious. Most park skiers are a bunch of goofy looking skinny white kids who didn't excel at other sports or just grew up skiing instead of playing basketball. But when I think of the kind of guy that the ladies like, 'park skiers' aren't usually coming to mind. :) Take the thread with a grain of salt, it was just posing a question.
My personal thought is that most (90%+) people will say "yeah, the risk is worth it" when the costs don't seem so great. I am betting though that the tune will change when those with serious injuries are in their 40s and 50s. But as said before, it is up to the individual. Personally after freeriding for years and now being 'old' and seeing lots of friends with injuries that prevent them from really doing what they enjoy now, I am so thankful that none of my injuries were too severe and even regret some of ones I did have since I have occasional pain now. (torn MCL, ankle ligaments, surgically removed foot bone). I don't think a few years of fun are worth the rest of life's aches and restriction, but inevitably there will be many that think so. It would be intersting to poll freeriders/park rats in their teens then again when they are 40 and see what the statistics show.
Regardless, another ski season is upon us! Have a good season everyone