Falling down without injury
December 19, 2011 1:50 PM Subscribe
I am very, very clumsy. I stumble, bump into things, trip, and actually fall with frequency. Accepting that, can you teach me best practices for falling with minimal injury to myself?
posted by peachfuzz to health & fitness (41 answers total) 8 users marked this as a favorite
Here are some scenarios that happen fairly often:
1) Going up stairs. Miss a step; stumble, fall like a felled tree and smack my chin on a stair further up. Or going down stairs, miss a step or two (usually close to the bottom, thank goodness) and stumble the rest of the way, hitting the floor hard (oh, my aching knees and hips).
2) Misjudge distance as I round a corner or make my way around an obstacle; slam some part of my body into a wall or table or something, ricochet off it stiffly and usually end up falling down as a result.
3) Just walking along or while running, I'll put my weight down wrong and go down on an ankle, or catch a toe on a raised bit of sidewalk. Back and forth teetering with comical hand waving for a moment, then fall on my ass, or worse yet, on my outstretched, stiff wrists.
I tend to react to bad balance situations with panic and stiff, locked joints. I read once that falling with a looser body is much less damaging, but I don't know how to get better at this. Do you have tips or tricks, maybe gleaned from sports or martial arts or something? Or suggestions for becoming less prone to clumsiness? I don't know. I'm just really tired of spraining my wrists and skinning my knees like a 12-year-old.