Researchers assessed the forces experienced by young, healthy volunteers during hip impacts in martial arts falls exercises. The falls taught involved converting a fall into a rolling movement by bending and twisting the trunk and neck.
Reporting their findings in the journal BMC Research Notes, the researchers said they believe such impact-reducing techniques could be taught to older adults.
‘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,' research Brenda Groen from Vrije University said.
‘We believe that fall training would be safe for persons with osteoporosis if they wear hip protectors during the training, perform fall exercises on a thick mattress, and avoid forward fall exercises from a standing position,' she said.