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Old 10-04-2004, 09:38 AM   #8
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Dojo: University of Ulster, Coleriane
Location: Northern Ireland
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Re: Shoulder pain in break falls

Very common problem. Be careful! Injuries early on can put you off rolling.

1st - get used to rolling from a kneeling position (or at least get closer to the mat!).

2nd - realise that rolling develops over time - ideally you distribute the pressure evenly from the tip of your little finger, down your body, to your heel, but this will take time.

3rd - its best (initially) to curl your body UNDER more, not more to your side. The top part of the back of your shoulder should brush the matt, followed rapidly in succesion by your back, buttock and then legs.

4th - often faster rolls are easier to do, but don't do it from a height or you may break something!

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