I got to thinking....a flood of childhood memories came back...
I never owned helmets or pads of any kind for bikes, skateboards, scooters, minibikes, etc.
I lived in the same neighborhood with some cousins and we got into all kinds of shit.
We stole our dad's garden tractors and raced em and wrecked em. We got em stuck in the woods one time and had to walk home and fess up that we took em.
We wrecked our minibikes so many times, but no broken bones. We raced bikes down steep inclines and tried to jump over homemade ramps. I said "tried". Not too successful. No broken bones but a few busted up bikes.
We built a new treehouse every summer. One year, we tried to get too many kids in it and it came crashing down to the ground.
Tire swings with rotten rope. Get that baby to swinging and that rope would break and then you'd get a ride.
Lawn darts started this thread. My best JW friend got a lawn dart in the arm one time. Had to go to the hospital.
A cousin got shot in the eye with a BB gun--no joke--I'm serious. We were playing cowboys and indianas. The doctors thought he might lose the eye, but he recovered. He had to wear a pirate patch for a while.
Countless baseball injuries. I broke a friends nose when I hit a line drive right at face level and the patch in his glove gave way and the ball went through and smashed his nose.
Broke a cousins collarbone playing pickup football. Ran right over him for a touchdown. Shortest game we ever played. One play from scrimmage and he had to go to the hospital.
Do kids today have this kind of fun???