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    Re: [RC] [RC] Very young riders in AERC rides - Sullivan

    ----- Original Message -----
    From: "Nancy Mitts" <mitts_n@xxxxxxxxxxx>
    > is.)
    > On a more serious note, accidental injuries are no more (or less) horrible
    > at age 5, than 10, or 15 or 50. Lets hear some medical facts from medical
    > professionals about the dangers particular to a growing young child.
    > the criteria we need to go by. If damage to growing bodies is the issue,
    > couldn't it be a factor thru the teen years as well?
    > Nancy Mitts
    Nancy, this is exactly my point. We need some imput from qualified medical
    I DO think there are ratios of head size versus body size in pre-school
    children that prove they are
    top heavy and do not have the balance of older children.  Very young
    children also have not the
    experience or knowledge to understand ANY of the risks of the sport, as
    opposed to, say 10 year
    olds who have a better concept of getting hurt.
    But it's not just the intensity of the sport, it's the DURATION! This is an
    endurance event.
    Can anyone else here think of a sport similiar where little kids are
    actively participating for 12-24 hours?
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    Re: [RC] [RC] Very young riders in AERC rides, Nancy Mitts