Why we are afraid to fall and how to do it right

On the art of falling and why losing one's balance causes fear in a person. "Without any exaggeration, this skill - to fall - I consider the most important physical skill that every person should master."

How is human behavior different from that of a snake?

We do not consider the moral side - for some, the differences will be so difficult to distinguish that they will knock out the base from under the argument of the post.

The physical difference is simple. The snake lies and crawls, while the man stands, walks, runs and rides all sorts of deadly structures on skates, bicycles, skiing, etc.

Being in such positions/states is unstable and requires many years (!) training. Proof - I have never heard of a person who, in less than two years from the moment of birth, learned to stand, walk and run without falling 🙂

We can always fall. And the results can be bleak.

Example: “Statistics show that the proportion of femoral neck fractures among various types of bone fractures is more than 6%. Given the long bed rest, many months of treatment and a high mortality rate - according to various sources, from 20% to 40% or more - this problem takes on national significance.

My opinion (personal, subjective) is that the vast majority of falls while standing, walking, jumping, running can, if not be prevented (this is difficult, this requires very good skills), then made practically harmless. To do this, you just need to master one skill - learn to fall.

This is real at any age. If I were educating small children now, I would start instilling such a skill at the same time as walking skills. Similarly, it's not too late to do it at 80 (if you can walk at all).

How to master

First you need to master the technique of falling, more precisely, the basics of the technique. It’s probably possible to do it yourself according to a book, but it’s difficult... plus, for some reason, a person is arranged in such a way that it is better to master physical skills in a group.

I will offer a very non-standard way.

Stock up on money. Several thousand rubles.

Find a sports section of some kind of wrestling near you - I recommend judo or sambo. I do not advise Aikido - they will load the brains beyond the need for this task. The best thing is to find a familiar coach, kind and sensible. The level is completely unimportant, what you need from him, they all know how.

Come there and say: "Please teach us how to fall properly." If a person is crumpled (this nonsense is not the topic for him), offer the reserved money.

A couple of weeks of three times a week for an hour will be enough to start.

Then train.

You need to start with a parquet carpet, then go outside.

Approximately as one person said: “You must first learn on the carpet, then on the asphalt, then on the paving stones. My experience is that students do not want to go to the last stage voluntarily.”

On the street, you need to remember the most important thing. The greatest danger is represented by irregularities and objects lying on the ground. Never, under any circumstances, you should not fall (unforced) on an unknown, unexamined place in the most thorough way, for example, in thick grass or snow. A piece of iron sticking out of the ground, invisible under grass and snow, and…

“Prosperity is imaginary and transient. Contempt for those deprived of well-being is unacceptable. Andrei from Lukoilmorneftegaz, having drunk too much, was walking with his girlfriend. Having met a group of young people who were sipping solvent vapors from a can, he said with a laugh to his companion - what kind of people! They don't even have cell phones! For which, not only was he beaten and his mobile phone was taken away, but the girl also did not give him, because he was a rude person. It should be remembered that only 5 minutes and two rods from the reinforcement separate you from disability. What are you better at? (by the way, the author is in LiveJournal - STELAZIN

I will only say about gradualness with this phrase, as about evidence - do not rush, increase the complexity very, very gradually.

Three main problems

I don’t know if the coach will talk about them, but they need to be clearly known and consciously deal with them.

Technique, skill - all this is great and necessary, but the psyche is very important. And it creates three obstacles for us

Attachment to the material world

and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal"? (Gospel of Matthew)

Unfortunately, without some training, this great knowledge disappears immediately when you lose balance. Apparently, the base instincts of a person make him suddenly decide that his mobile phone, an umbrella or a handbag, as well as the cleanliness and unwrinkledness of a new coat, are more important than anything else in the world.

First The first thing to do in case of a fall threat (I'm talking about a normal person, not an acrobat or a martial artist) is to forget about such things, get rid of the objects in your hands. Without any humor - you need to develop a reflex to discard such things. This is achieved by training. By the way, the car is the same. For example, I taught myself in case of danger not to try to hold a mobile phone or a water bottle, but to let go of them from my hand to hell and immediately grab the wheel with both hands.

Desire to move danger away

It is natural for a person to point out a limb (usually an arm) in the direction of danger when falling. And put it upside down, perpendicular to the ground. Hence, at least, skinned palms - and, possibly, fractures of the hand or elbow.

This is treated in two ways: technique and "deep" understanding at the level of the body. The trainer will put the technique, and you can get understanding yourself by trying to push yourself off the floor on one arm in an uncomfortable position. Hard? And in the fall, the load on the arm will be much greater. “Feeling” this, you will no longer substitute your hands.

There is also a second trouble. A person is afraid to approach the earth (and a person is aware of himself as a head and eyes - in the first place). Therefore, he (out of fear) tries to take a pose that at the given moment removes his eyes as much as possible from the ground - hence, for example, falling on the coccyx with the body bent, as for sitting on a chair. This problem is very familiar to, say, those who teach people how to ski. Out of fear, a beginner tries to straighten his body, stand on skis, “like a coffee pot” - which should not be done in any case (even with a straight descent, this does not give the flexibility necessary to “process” bumps, and, most importantly, raises the center of gravity, makes a person maximally (!) unstable). Such skiers on the slope will immediately be distinguished from normal ones even by those who do not know how to ride.

To fight this, in my opinion, it is possible psychologically, by habit. Perhaps there are other tricks, but this one definitely works: learn to crawl, somersault - get used to the fact that your head is right at the ground in different spatial positions - then the fear of just contact with the ground will go away. Skiing is a separate conversation, it has its own specifics.

The desire to slow down

It is human nature to be afraid of speed. And in a dangerous situation, he tries to reduce it as quickly as possible.

Meanwhile, as some race car driver (I don’t remember who) remarked, “Speed ​​is not dangerous; not a single person on earth has died from high speed - they die from a quick stop.

Exactly the same when falling. A person without training tries to "grab the ground", which, of course, leads to injuries. You need to remember the basics of physics - the law of conservation of energy and the fact that energy (work) is equal to force times the path. Unpleasant is the force, not the path. So if you need to dissipate a lot of energy (falling from a height or at speed) it's often best to turn it into... well?... that's right, into the energy of rotation. That is, roll over. It won't work on its own, you have to learn it.


The fact that all this is not taught (as it should be) in physical education classes is a rare disgrace. On the horse and basketball, but there is time.

Teach this to your children - someday they will definitely thank you for it. Well,... think about yourself, your loved one. You love yourself, don't you?

Let's practice so that even flying to the sun itself, even breaking away from the team, even falling to the bottom of the deepest gorge, we could get up without loss - and so that no one had to cry because of us!