close

Falling correctly can help prevent injury

In a previous post, we discussed the added risks of being involved in a slip-and-fall accident in late adulthood. Compared to younger people, older adults have more brittle bones--making them more likely to suffer a break in the event of a fall. In addition, older adults who takes a tumble also have a higher probability of suffering traumatic brain injury.

While this may sound a bit scary, it doesn't have to be. In fact, most serious fall-related injuries can be prevented. You just have to know the right way to fall.

Unless you've made a career as an acrobat or stunt double, you're probably out of practice when it comes to falling. In today's post, we outline a few basic guidelines to help keep you safe during a fall:

  • Tuck: Whenever you feel yourself losing your balance, you instinctively reach out to catch yourself. However, your limbs are not very well padded--so using them to break your fall will likely result in a broken wrist, elbow or knee. Instead, tuck your limbs in close to your body, so that you fall on an area with more padding.
  • Turn:Watch any soccer match, and you'll notice that any time a player falls, they immediately roll to their side. Professional athletes know that falling directly forward or backward puts you at risk of serious injury to your spine and head. That's why it's always a good idea to pivot and redirect your fall onto your side.
  • Don't tense up:When you're not used to falling, suddenly plummeting towards the ground can cause your muscles to tighten. However, staying loose and relaxed during a fall can actually go a long way in reducing injury.

As you get older, you become less steady--and your chances of falling increase. However, by retraining your body to fall correctly, you can significantly reduce your chance of injury.

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information

Testimonials Client Testimonials

  • I was injured at work directly due to poor management decisions. I worked as a lifeguard and a child that was in the care of the day care facility on the campus ran away. He was in immediate danger. I… Shona M.
  • I have recommended Jonathan Levy and his law firm to my friends and one of them became his client. I am truly grateful for everything Jonathan Levy and his team have done on my behalf. He is truly a wonderful attorney. Faithe C.
  • Much to my surprise not only did they win my lawsuit but I ended up getting 3 times the original amount I was expecting to get! I could not have been more pleased with the staff and the outcome. Allison M.
  • If it wasn’t for your help, I know I wouldn’t have been able to win my case. I know that it was far away for you to come to Miami but your professionalism was outstanding. I will always recommend you. Maria W.
  • You might say you were even just doing your job, however, I think it’s essential that you realize how fortunate I am to have such a trusted esteemed attorney in my corner, blessed really. Anonymous
See All Testimonials
Write To Us Contact Us

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information
disclaimer.

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.

close

Privacy Policy

Community Support

Our firm is proud to support organizations in the community. To the right are just a few of the community organizations we support:

  • American Lung Association of Florida – Southeast Area
  • Diabetes Research Institute
  • Hospice of Palm Beach County
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • Karma Kastles
Read More

West Palm Beach
1401 Forum Way Sixth Floor
West Palm Beach, FL 33401

Phone: 561-331-5134
West Palm Beach Law Office Map

Port St. Lucie
1660 SW St. Lucie West Blvd Suite 300
Port St. Lucie, FL 34986

Phone: 561-331-5134
Port St. Lucie Law Office Map

Top
  • The Best Lawyers in America
  • National Academy of Social Insurance
  • Million Dollar Advocates Forum
  • Super Lawyers
  • The Florida Bar | Board Certified