How to fall

There is a right way & a wrong way to fall. Did you know that? You may think that it doesn’t matter how you hit the ground. You’re falling down. Something clearly went wrong, so let’s try to survive it and that’s it.

It’s not that simple, though. Your body is designed to handle a lot, but it is also very fragile. It is amazing that we can live as well as we can and withstand what we do. Life is amazingly fragile. So when you fall down, you need to keep a few things in mind.

Protect your head

If you do nothing else, you should tuck your head in and avoid contact if you can. If you get knocked out, then there isn’t much else to do. Protect your head!

Tuck your arms in

I know your instinct is to break your fall with your hands. Resist this temptation. It puts all of the impact of the fall on your hands & arms. This is a recipe for broken forearms, elbows, or shoulders.

Slap the ground

If you can, slap the ground with your arms after you land, or right when you fall. Why? This spreads out the force of the fall off of your back and distributes it to your arms. It is simple physics, actually. The more you can spread out the force of the fall, the less likely you are to get injured.

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