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21 October - 17 November
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Learn to fall safely: using judo techniques to reduce the fear and impact of falls in older people

Five people in judo dress practising safe falling using judo maneuvers

Lifelong wellbeing theme

What’s on offer?

This practical workshop invites participants to take part in exercises that teach the principles of safe falling, devised from the sport of judo.

Falls are a common cause of injury in older people, and a source of worry for many people as they age. According to the NHS, 1 in 3 people over the age of 65 will have at least one fall per year.

Using simple and accessible techniques from judo, this workshop aims to reduce the fear of falling, as well as teaching practical ways to prevent injuries if a fall occurs. No previous experience is required, just a willingness to learn and get involved. Participants should wear comfortable clothing and will be asked to remove shoes and socks to avoid slipping.

What’s it about?

Professor of Judo Education, Dr Mike Callan, will explain the principles of judo-based safe falling practices for older people - including the three principles underpinning the mechanics of ukemi (judo breakfalls) - and demonstrate how to develop these techniques through so-called ‘micro-progressions’. The workshops follows the methods advocated by the British Judo Association in their initiative ‘Introducing judo to an older population – for safer falling and ageing well’, as well as the social scientific research into judo falls by Dr Callan and his colleagues.

Who’s leading the event?

Dr Mike Callan, Professor of Judo Education, PhD

Centre for Research in Psychology and Sports Sciences,

Department of Psychology, Sport and Geography,

School of Life and Medical Sciences

Open to

All welcome, but aimed at older adults aged 55+

Of particular interest to

Of particular interest to those experiencing fear of falling