jt10000 wrote:I don't want to do an activity where this amount of protection is recommended. I don't think most people do.
There is no way I am going to do an aerobic sport with that amount of equipment. Zero.
I just don't want to wear that amount of armor stuff. I don't on my bike.
I'm not talking about safety - I'm talking about the message and comfort. No way will I do an aerobic sport with that equipment.
Neuro wrote:Just something as simple as biking can lead to pretty serious injuries. I'm quite sure most of us have experienced getting hurt on a bike so can't see the big difference.
I'm certain the odds of getting road rash or breaking bone out training on roller skis is far higher than out on a road bike. Much higher. So actually I do see a big difference. Certainly you can die doing either one, so the maximum disaster is the same, but the likelihood of injuries at all levels of severity is much higher roller skiing. I'm surprised you don't see that.
Neuro wrote:You surely use helmet already when rollerskiing and biking.
I very rarely roller ski - I stopped because I don't like falling, and was afraid of breaking wrists or elbows and of road rash. But I never wore a helmet - the odds of hitting my head hard enough to need one didn't seem worth it. But falling and hurting a wrist or getting a bunch of road rash? That seemed much too likley. And I'm not about to wear wrist guards and elbow pads in an aerobic sport.
If I was really serious about ski racing I'd probably start roller skiing again with a focus only on double poling and perhaps offset skating, which seemed pretty safe in comparison to one-skate and two-skate. Getting good weight shift with one-skate and two-sake always scared me on pavement. The amount of armor needed to make me not scared is beyond what I'd be comfortable wearing.
So instead I inline skate with ski poles and never use a helmet or pads of any kind. It seems quite a bit safer than roller skiing, apart from cars, and where I skate/ski there are few cars.
I wear a helmet *most* of the time on a bike, but not always. And I'd NEVER wear a full-face helmet unless I was doing some serious downhill racing.
Neuro wrote:football, American football, baseball, skateboarding, alpine skiing, biking, mountain biking, skating, ice hockey, skating, martial arts,
Most of the activities you mentioned are in cold weather or "combat" sports where it's normal to hit opponents hard. I don't do sports that involve intentionally hitting other people. Full face helmets? No no no in aerobic sport. Unless maybe you're doing hard core downhill ski racing.
But hockey? American football? Martial arts? You're using those fighting examples to help sell an aerobic sport? Wow. If I didn't know what rollerskiing was and someone was telling me it's safe with hockey-style pads and big helmets I'd say "No thank you, I'm not interested." That wouldn't make me think the sport is safer. On the contrary.
Neuro wrote: now accepted by all without question.
This is false.
I'm not about to debate helmets themselves, but it's obviously not true that it is accepted "by all without question." There are quite a few people who do dispute the importance of helmets and don't use them all the time, or even never use them except when required to.