and wound up in a hospital. And there's been various discussion on the 'Don't do training where you can get hurt' vs. 'You can get hurt in ANY training'.
If I started training of that type, I'd want pads; the simple fact is that I don't heal as fast as I used to, and I'm allergic to pain. But I wouldn't mind taking it for a variety of reasons. One of which is to remind my body of a basic thing that 'helicopter parenting' has taken away from kids: you can get hurt and it's not the end of the world.
Not that long ago, kid fell down and got some scrapes; kid got cleaned up, maybe some band-aids, and went back outside because parents expected you to get hurt, and unless it was really nasty you cleaned it up and went on. Now? Kid gets scraped up and may get taken to the ER, and damn near locked up the rest of the day. Or week. So they 'won't stress the injury' or other such crap. Yes, I suspect a lot of bullcrap nowadays is due to this kind of thing; no, I can't prove it.
Now get off my lawn.