Safety and prevention of injuries is an important concern in any martial art. Injuries will happen, but if practiced responsibly, HEMA need not be any more dangerous than any comparable contact sport. Safety measures need to be tailored to the type of exercise one wishes to undertake. Light sparring with shinais does not need anywhere near the amount of protective gear as does full contact with steel swords. It is up to practitioners to make sure they are always on the safe side of the safety vs. comfort tradeoff.