All adults, aged 65 and over, are at risk for a fall with 1 in 5 falls resulting in serious injury (such as hip fracture and brain injury). Death from falls has risen by 30% in the last decade and fall-related injuries can have significant consequences including loss of independence and decline in activity.
Unfortunately, even the best balance training program won’t prevent 100% of falls. Accidents happen!
This is why no balance training program is complete without learning the skill of how to fall in a way that avoids serious injury.
In today’s video, Sarah talks about the difference between fall prevention and fall preparedness. She also shares the 4 most common mistakes she sees clients make when they fall that are the most likely to cause injury.
Learning How to Fall Without Getting Injured
0:00 Learning how to fall is often missing in traditional balance programs
0:38 No balance program will prevent 100% of falls
1:13 Seat Belt Analogy
2:22 Mistake #1 – Falling On an OutStretched Hand (FOOSH)
2:58 Mistake #2 – Landing on Bony Body Parts
3:33 Mistake #3 – Not Protecting Your Head
3:49 Mistake #4 – Not Practicing
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