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Can martial arts falling techniques prevent injuries?
  1. F J Leavitt
  1. Centre for Asian and International Bioethics, Faculty of Health Sciences, Ben Gurion University of the Negev, Beer Sheva 84105, Israel;

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    Although falling techniques are taught to martial artists, athletes and paratroopers, a BMJ search of Highwire listed journals has discovered no mention of “falling correctly”, “safe falling”, etc. “Reducing the force of impact of a fall on people’s bones” is discussed.1 But the literature mentions no impact reduction techniques except for hip protectors. Exercise and muscle power in old age are recognized as helping regain balance after tripping,2 but not all falls are preventable. So perhaps safe falling should also be explored.

    One finds discussion of types of fall, with no discussion of those who were trained in falling.3 Studies of reactions to slipping do not distinguish …

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