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Old 08-11-2010, 05:39 PM   #1 (permalink)
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What I do, is that whenever i am riding, i always make my hands into fists. So if i do fall, I stop myself from breaking my wrists. Is that a good idea or does it work?
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Well if the impact is strong enough, landing on your fists will still cause significant damage to your wrists. What I always tell people is to make a X with your arms over your chest. And if you need to fall face first, just land on your chest.

But fists are definitely better than using hands/palms. I have a torn UCL in my left thumb because I landed on it.
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If I fall forward I put my forearms out and put them parallel to my legs.

If I fall backwards, I do the same for what i do when i fall forward, and just let myself fall.

I just have the add-on of making a fist.
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So forearms/elbows hit the ground first? Yeah that means sense. Just be careful to not let your arms go away from your body. That's a good way to tear your rotator cuffs.
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So forearms/elbows hit the ground first?
ya, pretty much
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Old 08-11-2010, 06:23 PM   #6 (permalink)
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If I fall forward I put my forearms out and put them parallel to my legs.

If I fall backwards, I do the same for what i do when i fall forward, and just let myself fall.

I just have the add-on of making a fist.
thats a pretty easy way to break an arm. when i fall backwards i just sit down and let my butt hit. when fall forwards i start to sit down and just take it with the side of my body.
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when fall forwards i start to sit down and just take it with the side of my body.
that makes no sense at all....
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that makes no sense at all....
yeah, i was thinking about falling up hill on my toe edge. if I catch a toe edge and am flung down the fall line i just try and penguin slide it out. you have to much torque in your body being flung down hill to safely prevent a broken limb. if you can just get into the stance of sliding head first into home base, then it should absorb more of the impact.
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ya, pretty much
thats fine as long as you don't lock up your elbows, i fractured my forearm in hockey a few years back when i fell straight down on it with a fist
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cross your arms against your chest if falling forwards, crash on your back if falling backwards. Always keep your head away from landing first. Never have any loose limbs flailing before you hit. Man up and suck it up.
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