• What we'll do
Learn how to fall without injury. Safe falling is a life skill that will serve you well throughout your lifetime.
We all fall down from time to time. The next time you fall, how will you fare?
Costs associated with falling can be high.* Ground level falls often result in pain, injury, hospitalization, rehab, time away from work, reduced confidence in physical activities, a shrinking sense of self-efficacy.
In this event participants will:
- Learn key principles in falling successfully without injury
- Practice progressive exercises and gain confidence in your falling technique
- Take home gentle exercises you can practice on your own
With practice, proper falling techniques can decrease the risks associated with falling. No one can guarantee you’ll never incur injury from a fall, however learning how to fall safely can significantly reduce the intensity of injury. The next time you take a tumble, you may just get up, brush your hands and continue on your way unscathed.
Suzane Van Amburgh has taught safe falling techniques and balance improvement exercises for over 25 years as an instructor of Aikido. As a 5th degree black belt and shidoin certified aikido instructor under Birankai North America, Van Amburgh brings deep knowledge of the anatomy of movement along with patience and enthusiasm for teaching beginners.
* "Ground-level falls (GLFs) are the leading cause of nonfatal hospitalized injuries in the US....Data collected from regional trauma registry for the years 2001 through 2009....GLFs are an increasing public health concern with significant economic and social consequences. It is estimated that >30% of older adults fall yearly, with >1 out of 5 incidents requiring acute care, costing more than $20 billion a year in the US."
Read the full research study: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3246844/
Read recent article about falling: https://www.aarp.org/health/conditions-treatments/info-2017/how-to-fall-safely.html
Learn about a falling program in the Netherlands: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/02/world/europe/netherlands-falling-elderly.html
• What to bring
Be prepared to remove shoes and socks. We'll practice barefoot on the mat.
• Important to know
Register for $25 at Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/learn-how-to-fall-safely-feb-24-registration-42601199334