I agree with Judo. If you wear good gear, take it easy and ride a lightweight bike then your crashes are going to be about picking up the bike and carrying on rather than getting hurt. Like he said, trail riding is way different than racing or even serious offroad riding. Nobody says you have to ride a high powered 400+ pound adventure rig that will hurt you in a fall or a blazing fast plated enduro. My 640 is capable of ridiculous speeds offroad and I frequently take advantage of that. I have also paid for that with a couple of big crashes. But that is something I enjoy (the speed not the crashes) and I have been doing this a while. Therefore I am as prepared as I can be for hard falls and haven't been injured in many years despite some ugly get offs. Good gear has bailed me out several times. But you don't have to ride like that. As we say when I get together with my friends, somebody needs to carry the cooler. If you don't want to push your luck then be that guy. You don't have to try to tackle gnarly trails or haul ass. To me, that isn't what trail riding is about anyway. Trail riding is about getting out and seeing where the bike takes you not testing your skills. Speed and technical ability will come in time - or not. Who cares either way? Offroad riding encompasses everything from my slow ass old friend on his ancient DT175 riding his family cow pastures to enduro racing. For trail riding just choose your bike well, choose your trails well, respect your limits, keep your speeds reasonable, wear decent gear and you will likely never even get bruised.