Learning to fall/injury

About two months ago, I fell forward off my uni and jammed both of my ring
fingers. Today I visited the doctor and he told me I had damaged some
ligaments/tendons in both fingers, and that for the next few months I
needed to do some painful stretching exercises to get back the full range
of motion that I had before.

I know you’re supposed to roll when you land, but what do you lead with?
Some part of your body has to land first. Certainly not with the fingers
like I did, but is it your forearm, your upper arm, your shoulder? Would
you land with your forearm, roll to your upper arm and finally to your
shoulder and back?

When I took up skydiving (I had to quit when I realized how many unicylces
I could have bought with the money spent jumping), we learned to keep our
arms inside our body, and in no way use them for landing. I think that’s
good advice (I’m not sure much else from skydiving translates to
unicycling – in a skydive, you may be coming down fast, but you’re always
coming down feet first.)

I say, if it’s a slow fall, catch yourself. If it’s a fast one, just try
to find the best way to roll, while avoiding using your hands or head on
the ground. Of course, this is much easier to say than it is to do.

jeff lutkus

> About two months ago, I fell forward off my uni and jammed both of my
> ring fingers. Today I visited the doctor and he told me I had damaged
> some ligaments/tendons in both fingers, and that for the next few months
> I needed to do some painful stretching exercises to get back the full
> range of motion that I had before.
>
> I know you’re supposed to roll when you land, but what do you lead with?
> Some part of your body has to land first. Certainly not with the fingers
> like I did, but is it your forearm, your upper arm, your shoulder? Would
> you land with your forearm, roll to your upper arm and finally to your
> shoulder and back?
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“Jeff Lutkus” <lutkus@unicyclist.com> wrote in message
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> When I took up skydiving (I had to quit when I realized how many
> unicylces I could have bought with the money spent jumping), we learned
> to keep our arms inside our body, and in no way use them for landing. I
> think that’s good advice (I’m not sure much else from skydiving
> translates to unicycling – in a skydive, you may be coming down fast,
> but you’re always coming down feet first.)
>
> I say, if it’s a slow fall, catch yourself. If it’s a fast one, just try
> to find the best way to roll, while avoiding using your hands or head on
> the ground. Of course, this is much easier to say than it is to do.
>
> jeff lutkus
>

I would do that, but I fear hitting the ground face-first. I’ve had a
chipped tooth (not from Uni) and so I’m real protective of my face. I’ve
also done some skydiving (only tandem though) and they told me to land on
my feet and then fall backwards on my butt since the chute can potentially
drag you across the ground.

Your best bet is to be AWARE and use good judgment…If your RIGHT handed
land on the far right shoulder and side, your left arm and hand will slap
the ground, but you’ll protect your face, be sure to tuck your
chin…oppisite for “Lefties” as naturaly they will go the other way. Not
only good SKYDIVING advice from a loner, but Judo, & Karate will mention
the same. -Ethan

Yeah i was in Karate for about 4 years, taht helped alot, rolling has
helped me avoid many high speed injuries… not all of em…
)—(x) Dylan Wallinger Keep Riding
http://www.extremeunicycling-bcmat.cityslide.com

i want to know how to avoid having your feet (stuck) on the petals when falling. Several times I have falled and hurt my hands b/c of this, But today I fell and fractured my ancle. No unicycling for a month, soo sad. Maybe I can learn how to juggle more balls or something