This winter, I plan to do some mountain biking to retain some level of my fitness. I have been a roadie for over 10 years but I have not ridden a mountain bike before. I am aware of the hazards of road cycling. This year especially, has not been a good year for me. Early in the season I broke my clavicle and then 3 months later I severely separated my other shoulder.
The kind of riding I plan to do is mainly XC, riding trails and pretty much avoiding the 'dangerous' stuff like downhills, free rides etc. This may sound silly to most of you, but can I make that kind of riding less hazardous than road cycling? I know anything can happen but I'd like to be injury-free this winter as much as I can. Thanks in advance.