June 6, 2017

Falling Better

I come from New York where, if you fall down, someone will pick you up by your wallet.
Al McGuire


How To Fall To Your Death And Live To Tell The Tale

Fall injuries are the leading cause of death in people over 60, says Horak. Every year, about 30 percent of those 65 and older living in senior residences have a fall, and when they get older than 80, that number rises to 50 percent....."Fear of falling puts you at risk for falling."....
We can't eliminate all falls, says Neil Steinberg. So we must to learn to fall better....Scientists are now encouraging people to learn how to fall to minimize injury — to view falling not so much as an unexpected hazard to be avoided as an inevitability to be prepared for..

Lower body strength is important for recovering from slips, upper body strength for surviving falls.
Fall the right way
If you are falling, first protect your head — 37 percent of falls by elderly people in a study by Robinovitch and colleagues involved hitting their heads, particularly during falls forward. Fight trainers and parachute jump coaches encourage people to try not to fall straight forward or backward. The key is to roll, and try to let the fleshy side parts of your body absorb the impact.

"You want to reach back for the floor with your hands," says Chuck Coyle...Young people break their wrists because they shoot their hands out quickly when falling. Older people break their hips because they don't get their hands out quickly enough. You'd much rather break a wrist than a hip.
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