Saturday, November 27, 2010

Forget Fat Joe and lean forward

With the first blast of this winter's frigidity upon those of us in the Midwest, allow me to dispense a bit of practical advice. When a patch of ice causes you to wipe out, most of the time you're going to be landing on your ass after one of your feet slips forward from underneath you. To prevent this when you're walking on a slick surface, lean further forward than you normally do when you walk, sort of like Sherlock Holmes does when he's scouring. You'll be less likely to fall, and if you do, you'll fall forward, which allows you to use your arms to break some of the impact.


f1r3br4nd said...

With all due respect, hell no!

If you're slipping on ice, and you try to use your hands to break the fall, you're risking sprained or broken wrists and possibly smashing your face on the ground if your hands slip.

No, the way to fall on ice, whether you're walking or skating at the rink, is to try to sit down. Sounds weird, but it has served me well many times. Just bend your knees like you meant to sit your butt on the ground anyway.

And yes, lean forward while doing it so you don't hit the back of your head, but your butt is better adapted as landing gear than your hands and wrists with their dozens of tiny little bones.

Audacious Epigone said...


You're probably right about risk of serious injury by falling forward, especially vulnerable populations like the elderly and obese people. Catch yourself right with your arms though, and you won't get hurt at all. It's my experience that you're a lot less likely to fall in the first place if you consciously lean forward as you walk on treacherously slippery surfaces though.

dearieme said...

How on earth can it be necessary to tell anyone this? Did people somehow avoid childhood?

Audacious Epigone said...


Yes, their helicopter parents caused many in my generation to miss out on childhood!