Sports like gymnastics, martial arts and skydiving are being looked upon for tips on how to fall safely in a series of ACC workshops to prevent fall-related injuries.
Free courses aimed at two age groups, 20 to 40-year-olds and 40 to 60-year-olds, are being held to trial future injury prevention initiatives.
The courses consist of one class a week for up to six weeks and are of particular interest to sports people or people who take part in activities that make them more prone to falling.
Instinctive responses such as putting your arm out to break the fall may not be the best way to ensure you come out in one piece, an ACC spokesperson says. Instead it may actually put you more at risk of injury.
ACC programme manager Frances Broatch says fall-related injuries lead to many ACC claims and contrary to popular belief, it is not just old people who fall.
"In the home setting alone, around 280,000 Kiwis are injured in a fall each year. Around 100,000 happen to working age people, with around 10,000 sustaining injuries serious enough to take time off work."
The Auckland Learn to Fall Safely courses are run by ActivePhysio with training provided by qualified physiotherapists and personal trainers.
Call Gill Webb on 021 623 811 or register at physio. co.nz/services/injury-prevention.
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