Judo techniques can minimize the consequences of falls. The technique consists of learning how to roll the body in the event of a fall. By doing this, the forces on the bones will decrease, which reduces the risk of severe fractures. Older people are able to learn these techniques. A number of falls prevention courses are now including these techniques. Early research shows that the risk of hip fractures decrease if older adults have a good fall strategy.
New research conducted at the St. Maartenkliniek in Nijmegen (Netherlands) discovered that judo techniques under special conditions are also safe for people with osteoporosis. It is clear that fall events have decreased, and judo can reduce hip fractures also for people with osteoporosis. Under special conditions, it is possible for people with osteoporosis to practice a good fall strategy, which may lead to fewer fractures in the future.
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