When children fall it can cause serious injury, even if it’s only from standing height. Listed below are some ways that anyone can use to when falling to prevent serious injuries.
1. Secure your head: The most critical body part that you have to protect in a fall is your head. Head injuries can be intense, even deadly. When falling protect your head by lowering it, facing the head to a side and utilizing your hand as an extra protection(use the hand to secure the head from having impact with the surface).
2. Turn as you fall: If you are falling either straight forward or straight backwards, attempt to turn your body so you land on your side. Falling straight forward on your back can increase the nature of the injury. A frontal fall can harm the head, face, and arms.
3. Keeping legs and arms bent: you might attempt to catch yourself as you fall with your arms. Landing with your arms straight out and retaining the full force of the fall with them can often results in breaks and strains. Try keeping both arms and legs a little bent as you fall.
4. Roll out of the impact: If you’re able to a great system to disperse the force of a fall is to roll on landing. By rolling, the force is diverted into rotary momentum. This is not an easy skill to trick your brain into doing. It is best learned under qualified supervision on either mats or soft grass areas.
5. If you remain relaxed, you spread out the force of the fall: Tensing up amid a fall can increase the chance of injury. The tension in your body stops the force of falling from being shared across a lager area or more body parts. Rather than spreading the impact out over a flexible body, the parts that were kept instructed will probably break as opposed to running with the movement.
A key to falling safely is to spread out the force of the impact over the largest possible area of your body. Falling on a single point causes the most damage as the magnitude of the impact is multiplied. By spreading out the impact, you the severity and probability of injury to a single body part.
Practising falling forwards - www.gymnastics4hire.com.au
When we first start practising falling forwards, the first thing we need to do is reduce the impulse required to stop us during our impact. We can do this by reducing the velocity of our fall. I normally start teaching children to fall forwards by starting on their knees – less height = less speed (gravity!).
Next we need to think about what happens if the student hits the ground with their elbows locked. We should already be starting by falling from a height that would not cause any injury, but by using a padded mat we can also help to further reduce the shock felt by the collar bone if the student fails to have bent elbows when they hit the ground.
Starting on our knees, we have our arms in front of us, our arms are slightly bent. Falling forwards, our hands catch us and we use our arm muscles to slow us down, and we finish holding ourselves off the ground, with our head turned to the side so we don't squash our nose.
Ryan Williamson is a gymnastics and movement expert.