New Delhi: Scientists have suggested that training older people in martial arts could cut their chances of suffering broken bones or fractures when they fall. Teaching the elderly how to fall properly to minimize damage could yield significant benefits, they believe. The training could be particularly useful to those suffering from osteoporosis, also known as brittle bone disease, who are most at risk.
The falls taught in this study all involved turning a fall into a rolling movement by bending and twisting the trunk and neck, and it is possible for older people to learn these impact-reducing techniques. "Since martial arts techniques reduce hip impact forces and can be learned by older persons, martial arts fall training may prevent hip fractures among persons with osteoporosis,” Groen concluded. The study has been published in the open access journal BMC Research Notes . ANI
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