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Old 09-29-2003, 11:07 AM   #12
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I think there has to be differentiation between a role where the body is in contact with the ground at the start of the throw, and one where uke makes contact with their back/front more suddenly. Usually with contact the uke can control the throw more, whereas if the person is whipped into the air they may land first on their head/back of neck or face. In this case the back of the head is likely to be the most damaging.

However, most injuries I have seen during ukemi have been from forward rolls, mainly because the uke was unable to extend their arm sufficiently and damage their shoulder

Ian

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