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Benefits of dangerous sports outweigh risks

Watching the Winter Olympics, I wondered where the occupational health and safety officials were.

The impacts on knees and backs and the numerous potential dangers with the luge and jumps are too serious to ignore. Or are they?

In the modern world children are often protected from injury by playing 'safe' versions of sports, and from 'losing' by having no scores kept or having runner-up ribbons.

Sport at any level, be it backyard or Olympic, does come with the risk of injury and, unfortunately even death, but the benefits outweigh the risks.

Some of the benefits include fitness, team-building, self-confidence and an understanding that effort is sometimes rewarded with a win - and hopefully always with satisfaction that the best possible effort has been put in.

Dennis Fitzgerald

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