First off,I'd like to start by saying,yes,the potential for injury does exist.However,what sport doesn't have risks?You must realize,that you are starting at a relatively,late time in your life.That fact alone means,you simply,take longer to heal.You WILL hit the ground!Accept this fact and use it to your best advantage.It doesn't matter how well a person masters this sport,just ask any professional rider,and you will find that even they have done plenty of soil sampling when they were doing some relatively slow maneuvers and have hurt themselves.The question you truly need to ask yourself is,"IF I GET INJURED,DO I HAVE THE PROPER MEDICAL INSURANCE TO COVER MY ***,AND IF I DON'T HOW AM I GOING TO PAY MY BILLS?" I personnally,have ridden since the age of 9 and I am 41 now.I broke my back at the age of 25,I was about 1/16th of an inch from being a qudraplegic.I was very,very fortunate to have come out of that pretty much unscathed.I MUST TELL YOU!!! I STILL RIDE TO THIS DAY!! PEIOD!! Once,a person has ridden and realizes the adrenaline rush of pushing a machine to one's limits,you simply cannot stop.It is addictive!USE YOUR HEAD!The times I have seen people get hurt,it was simply,"Ohh,I am just going down the road,or just ride around the campsite so I don't need my helmet."BULLSH%T!!! Wear your helmet,goggles(not sunglasses),and bare minimum,a good pair of riding boots!Gloves are also recommended!!And most of all,RESPECT OTHER PEOPLE"S PROPERTIES AND USE YOUR BETTER JUDGEMENT WHEN IT COMES TO NOISE POLLUTION!!!THIS SPORT DOESN'T NEED ANOTHER BOZO WITH NO RESPECT FOR OTHERS.TAKE RESPONSIBILITY FOR YOUR OWN ACTIONS!!!!!! If you ride in a public riding area,where other people are camping,don't go blasting by their campsite or if you are at your local track,slow down in the pit area!Unfortunately,most accidents are caused by inexperienced riders!Be aware of your surroundings!!! It is a sport which has a lot of good people who do their best to keep your riding areas open for you,so support you local dealer.Oh,by the way,if you see somebody that isn't giving the proper respect to others,feel free to tell them what negative effects it can have in this sport,and set them straight.I truly encourage you and welcome you to this truly awesome sport.You may also consider taking riding classes,check with your local dealer for more info.Enjoy!!!