Department of State

Falling Down

Teach our people, especially our Foreign Service Officers who travel to difficult environments, how to fall. This is an uncomfortable subject to be sure, but we have far too many disabling injuries and hours lost due to tripping hazards and the attempt to stop the fall with a straight arm held out. This often leads to a broken wrist or, worse, a broken hip. In most martial arts, the first technique taught is how to fall. I have avoided such serious injuries by applying these techniques when working in the woods or slipping on ice (not that I've had to do so too often). A few hours invested for those who sometimes must traverse difficult terrain could save them the pain and lost time from a resultant fall. Think of this as pre-emptive health care. Hope this helps.



94 votes
Idea No. 6835