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How to Teach Falling

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Filed Under (Fitness, General) by Rick Kaselj



The comment on Day 1 about how to teaching falling or tumbling helped out his athletes a lot when it comes to injuries.

People on EFI also wanted to know more:

Falling Resources

Dan talked about how 90% of American males have shoulder injuries because all the male sports in the USA involve throwing (most American males will pay football, baseball and basketball.)

I asked Dan if he could give us some resources when it comes to teaching falling.

He found athletes would stick out their hand to protect themselves when they fall but you do not need to do this. If you stick your hand out, it leads to injuries. If you know how to fall or move into a tumble, your body will be happy about this.

Here were his recommendations.

#1 – Look at Judo

Falling and tumbling is required in the sport of Judo. You can go learn from this sport or learn from someone that is a specialist in this sport.

#2 – Frank Shamrock’s Book

Frank has a book called Lions Den. In the book, there is a chapter on tumbling that is a great resource.

#3 – 1936 Book

There is a physical education book from 1936 called Tumbling In A High School Setting (or something like that).

It is an amazing book on tumbling and more of us can not do what they do in this book.

(Please note, I have tried to search online for the above. If you do find them, let me know.)

Okay, few more nuggets:

  • 3GH – Go Heavy, Go Hard, Go Home
  • “You are sitting on your gold mine.” (Your gluteus.)
  • “Some is good.” Dan’s comment on different exercises. Doing some of everything is great but only doing one, this is not good.
  • Use a heart rate monitor to see how your clients react to exercises.
  • Get people on and off the floor. You will be amazed at how much it will help. He brings up a great point. We moved people off the mat onto machines. Then we moved from sitting to only doing things in standing. Great comment on getting people on the floor and up and down from the floor.
  • When you get off a plane, you lose rotary stability and thoracic mobility. When you get off the plane, work on getting it back.

That was a few highlights from the two days. There was a lot more but these were a few things that I got and learned.

I hope this helped out.

Take care.

Rick Kaselj, MS

Before I go, here is a little bit of the Dan John experience:

 

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