Why you should not water-ski and why do we ask if it “hurts” when we talk about Paintball and Airsoft?
I was struck by the fact that Paintball and to a lessor degree Airsoft, are one of the few sports that people discuss whether it hurts all the time before deciding if they want to play. I hear from the general public: “I would never play paintball because it hurts” or “I would never let my son play paintball because it hurts”. I have actually had this conversation at a hockey rink. So lets get into the facts.
All sports have an element of risk and pain
Anybody who attends or participates in professional or recreational sports knows that there is always an element of risk. However, twisted ankles, broken bones and concussions are actually regular occurrences in recreational sports and even just walking outdoors. Even stubbed toes, skating or kicking a soccer ball “hurts”. We do not talk about whether hockey “hurts” when we decide whether our child is going to play. We may assess the risks and decide whether our child will play but we often do not talk about whether it “hurts”. Paintball is actually the safest sport played competitively. It is safer than golf and even bowling. This is a chart of the chance of having an injury that requires a visit to the emergency room based on the sport you are playing. You should stay clear of Water-skiing apparently! Most paintball painful hits are caused by players disobeying the no close shooting rules or stag parties blindly running up on a well defended position Rambo style. If you are concerned about stinging hits just layer up, put on a hat and a pair of gloves and enjoy the unforgettable and adrenaline filled sports of Paintball and Airsoft.
In conclusion, all activities have an element of risk and a pain factor. Paintball and Airsoft are most likely the least painful and the safest sports played in the world. So lets stop talking about how much something hurts and just get out and play in 2016. You will not regret it.