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Old 08-02-2012, 12:17 AM   #11 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by HoboMaster View Post
And just as a note, the most often time people get injured is when they bail last second out of something. If you commit and crash, you will at least be somewhat in control and be able to avoid the "oh shit flail". <--- that thing is awful since you can't really influence or dictate how you land once you are trapped in it.

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Don't chicken out and bail, it's just as bad as whatever else could happen.
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Old 08-02-2012, 01:29 AM   #12 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by ohm View Post
I've never had a problem with that since I always use my forearms to break the landing when falling forward. I guess my question is: is it common to break a collar bone when falling? And if so how can this be prevented?
Seriously? Just avoid breaking anything..
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Old 08-02-2012, 04:44 AM   #13 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by Irahi View Post
It has never been true for any modern wristguards that they simply move the break. There were two documented cases of extremely primitive rollerblading wristguards where they broke their arm further up, but no causality was ever actually established. Modern, well designed wristguards dissipate a ridiculous amount of force, the one I linked is one of the most effective, but is fairly bulky. Others are maybe not as effective, but more streamlined.

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The argument that wrist guards
are no good, because 'they just move the energy to your arm and break that instead" is utter BS.
First of all, wrist guards absorb (at least) some of the impact energy (in other words, the transfer to the forearm is not perfectly efficient). The amount of energy absorbed may vary depending on the type of wrist guard, the nature of the fall, etc. - but every bit helps, so that it is plus for wrist guards.
Second, the transfer of (the remaining) energy is desirable, because the bones and joints in the rest of the arm are stronger and better able to withstand the energy from a fall.
Finally, even if there is a resulting injury to the forearm, this is still preferable over an injured/broken wrist as it much has less potential for permanent damage and typically heals with fewer complications.
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