More than a month after falling on a run and busting up my knee on a rock, I was happy to go on my 3rd run this week. Along the 4 mile jaunt, I was thinking about what I know about falling. Here’s what I came up with.
Runners fall. I’ve seen it a hundred times (exactly, I guess). When you take thousands of steps at a time, you’re bound to trip up every so often (Hopefully not too often, klultz). So be ready for it.
I have some tips for falling. Now keep in mind that I’m not a stuntman, but I was a college cheerleader. And believe it or not, we had to practice falling in practice (coincidentally).
Cheerleaders occasionally fall. That’s what happens when you’re making a difficult human pyramid. So here’s what we practiced.
We’d climb up on a big box and then jump off it, falling to the ground. Sounds silly, right? But it helped. We were trained to try and roll down – one body part at a time. Kind of like soap opera actresses who roll to the ground when they faint at some shocking revelation – ankles, lower leg, upper leg, hips, torso, shoulder, then head.
Also, NEVER put your hands down to break your fall. I’ve seen many a person over the year break an arm by trying to stop their fall with their hands. I understand it’s difficult mentally to allow your body to hit the floor first, but here’s why you do: If you ever watch pro-wrasslin’ then watch how they land – perfectly flat back with arms outstretched. That’s so the impact is spread out, and not just one small area is absorbing the blow.
Here’s a super sweet video I found showing how-to do a wrasslin fall:
It’s kind of like how they say when running you should land more flat footed than with a heel strike – to spread out the force of impact over a larger area, instead of it all come through a concentrated point, thus reducing the shock and chance of injury.
Now you may be saying, “Dude, you jacked up your knee falling, why should we listen?” Here’s why, smart-arse. When I fell, my legs got tangled in some kind of metal wire – like a coat hanger. Unfortunately, there was a large rock that my knee hit on the way down. My other knee took a bump, but was ok. I can’t help that there was a rock. But peep this. Even though it was hard, I didn’t put my hands down to stop my fall. I stretched out my arms and allowed my torso, ribs, and arms to absorb the shock at once. It hurt like a muther, and I got all scraped up, yes, but it’s better than breaking a forearm.
So there ya go, them’s my tips for falling during a run. Good luck to you, and watch out for those rocks!
Do you have anything to add? How do you fall? Do you believe that pro wrestling is really just a soap for males?