CalBreezySpoken like a guy who's never had a serious injury, I pray you never do . There's more to life than skiing pal.
Serious? not enough to land in hospital. Injuries? You bet!
I cracked the bone in my thumb in 2004 lengthwise by over-rotating a cork 7 in the Jr nationals. I can remember how that hurt like hell for 2 months, only to get it smacked again by a basket ball in phys.ed. a few days after getting the cast off. I think the only luck in the event was the fact it was my left thumb and not my right one.
A memorable one was in 2015 when I pulled the ankle ligament one too many times that a piece of cartilage got shifted. I was off my feet for days until a friend got me crutches. Crawling to the bathroom from the sofa is quite humbling.
Just last year, I tore my abdominal wall and piece of gut protruded through it (abdominal hernia)...just by hucking on a hard pack day. 4 days later, the gut got pulled back in while popping off a small bump.
Just fyi; Im 31, have a career as a marine mechanical engineer that requires a government medical examination as a prerequisite to work. In my mind, there is nothing more important that skiing. Balancing adrenaline and injuries is an aspect of skiing I enjoy quite a bit.
"If you can't get hurt, you wouldn't be pushing it" -Shane McConkey
The body has an incredible power of healing itself. Plenty of rest and high cardio work out will do wonders. Know what kind of movements makes your thumb hurt and adapt your style accordingly. You might want to stay away from park a little until the pain has gone away, or stick to tricks you know. There is no real way to protect it; unless you ride with a cast, brace or tape.