+10 on plummet's quote below. These guys that are doing these tricks don't know the effects there will be 10 years from now because no one was doing them 10 years ago. Time will tell but I think my wife summed it up when we were at a world class spot, she said, "it really says something when all the 20 year old pro guys are walking around in knee braces".
If you do the right exercises to prevent it, you shouldn't get .
I used to believe this up to my late 30's. But now I think this is incorrect.
Sure you can reduce the chance of injury. But ultimately if you expose your body to repeated trauma(extreme exerice and crashing) it will become damaged not matter how much prevention you undertake.
This is something your average dude in his 20's does not believe will happen to him.
I think the reality is you need to ask the question. Is this style of riding worth wrecking my body for the rest of my life.?
If the answer is yes. Carry on.
If no. A change is required.
I faced this same question 8 years ago when I was racing downhill mountainbikes nationally.
The answer was no. I could not carry on and improve my current skill level without high risk.
So I sought a sort to give me the same thrill will less risk. kiting popped up and now my sport of choice for crazy to risk level ratio.
But I limit what I do to preserve my body so I can carry on for another 30+ years of action.
For me the risk of injury for wake style is too high. I'm not interested.