i don't get that at all.... protection?? if that were the case raw lifting would just be way too dangerous for any of us to compete in it. as it is, i feel like i take my life into my hands everytime i lift without a supersuit:)
IMO, i think geared lifting is much more dangerous. When i compete i usually have geared lifters on both sides of me in the flights. I usually put my blinders on hoping to not see a seam burst and all that weight come tumbling down.