Originally Posted by JRN
As for practicing falling, I seemed to have gotten all the practice I need in my youth. Having grown up in an era when kids actually played random, unsupervised, made-up games outside and often tried to knock the snot out of each other falling was an everyday experience.
I have been sort of in and out of this thread, so my apologies if this has been covered, but I was thinking about something similar over the weekend. I watched 11 or 12 hr of soccer games, between the World Cup, the Rapids, and my daughter's tournament. You really do fall a lot in soccer. And other sports, as well, of course -- but not all of them.
My personal experience is that, yes, there was a lot of falling growing up, not even because of unsupervised games, but because soccer and skiing were my two main things. I even fall a lot (relatively) on a tennis court, which seems weird -- and it probably is -- but mostly it happens on clay, where sliding and slipping are part of it. But I'm used to falling, so I am not afraid of it. (Except on a bike, but that's a different subject.)
As instructors and coaches, do you see a difference in adults who have probably fallen a lot previously in their lives, and those who didn't? Either because they played a sport that didn't involve falling, or even falling by accident (eg, volleyball, where you fall a lot but pretty much always on purpose).