Yaffa Posted October 7, 2012 Share Posted October 7, 2012 I'd be grateful to know how falling safely is now being addressed, both inside and outside the ballet training world. I recently watched a lady lose her balance and fall down half a flight of escalators. I was quite sure that she would be disabled for life! Instead, she somehow rapidly repositioned her limbs, rolled on her side at the bottom of the escalator and emerged completely unharmed. Another amazed onlooker asked if she was a stunt artist and she said, 'No, but I trained as a dancer in Russia, and the first thing they teach you is how to fall.' Sadly the lady rushed off, as I would have dearly liked to know more. Well I'm curious to know what ballet students are being taught about how to fall safely- and if these skills have also helped them in their everyday lives. Also, I know several people whose lives have recently been shattered by nasty first falls. The advice they were given about handling future falls seems wildly inconsistent and quite different from the protocols from some years ago, when I was heavily involved in caregiving. I've been discussing this with several middle-aged friends who, like myself, have never had a serious fall - and would like to stay that way. Some research articles question the usefulness of balance training alone. It certainly make sense that good nutrition, an agile mind, good bone ear, eye health, up to date glasses prescription and good shoes etc. are the most important factors in preventing a catrastrophich fall. But what to do in the split seconds after you've tripped? For those people who aren't in a structured dance/exercise programme and don't have money to throw around, does it make sense to attend a one-time class on how to fall safely - and if so, who's the best person to consult? Someone in the dance field? Gymnastics? Martial arts? Sports medicine? There are also all sorts of self-help manuals, videos and do-it-yourself game console activities available. Some of these seem very gimicky. Most of my friends would ideally like a group class (as part of a day out in London in December?) taken by someone who really knows his/her stuff, covering the basics, with simulations of falls, and general guidelines for follow-up. Grateful for any suggestions - and if anyone else is interested in finding a teacher together for such a class, please let me know. Thanks Yaffa 1 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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