Riding off-road vehicles not the safest thing, but neither is the shower
Pop quiz: name three celebrities who have died in skiing accidents. Now try to do the same for celebrities who have died riding an all-terrain vehicle.
Skiing carries a statistically equal risk to off-road vehicle operation, while swimming is many times more dangerous.
All outdoor activities carry some risk. What advice should Dr. Chris Milburn (ATVs Too Dangerous for Public to Support, Letters, Jan. 19) have offered the families of the three Detroit marathon participants who died in last year’s event?
There are those who believe that riding an off-road vehicle offers little physical benefit. I recall once a new rider at a local motocross track. He pulled off the track after two laps, parked the bike and collapsed on the ground from exhaustion.
After catching his breath, he told the other riders he thought hockey was a much better sport because he could continue to smoke cigarettes and play hockey. If he wanted to race motorbikes, he would have to give up smoking.
I suspect that more children are ultimately harmed due to a sedentary lifestyle and the cumulative negative effects of that on their health. What does Dr. Milburn say to parents of overweight children who develop diabetes before they are legally able to drive a car?
I would not try to convince anyone that riding an ATV or motorcycle is the safest thing a person can do. But, statistically, neither is taking a shower.
I respect a person’s right to make his or her own decisions and to engage in any reasonable activity that provides exercise and the opportunity to get away from the computer screen and get outside for some activity. Todd Graham Sydney