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By Howrad McGreehan
Sep 26, 2012
Charles Kinbote wrote:
How exactly is a spot going to save someone's knee or ankle in a gym with good, seamless padding?


And you answered your own question, here:

Charles Kinbote wrote:
but you are changing their natural trajectory.


Carefully read what you write.

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By Morgan Patterson
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Sep 26, 2012
Devil's Cut Beta
Taylor Ogden wrote:
I also know a girl who fell awkwardly while bouldering and fractured several vertebrae. I'm sure she would have appreciated a spotter as well.


Yeah . . . Same happened at a comp back here in CT and she even fell onto the mats. Landed on a seam i think.

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By Cultivating Mass
Sep 27, 2012
Leading on the only "fair means" rack.
^^^You would be posting in Bouldering, you poseur tweet.

Love,

You Know Who

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By BoulderJunke
Sep 30, 2012
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I watched a girl about three weeks ago crush a vertabrae on the big fluffy floor. I also think knowing how to fall plays a big part in getting hurt with or without a spotter. I like the towel idea...I never ask for a spotter inside, but outside I rarely have trust in my spotters, although admitedly I`m not the best spotter either.

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By Jon Nelson
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Sep 30, 2012
Me
Does a spotter help or hurt the falling climber? Has this really been tested?

People are very heavy masses.

So, unless a spotter can put his or her hands just a few inches from the climber's shoulder, or if the climber is much, much lighter than the spotter, can a spotter really do much to slow a part of a falling body?

I mean, if someone dropped a 100-lb bag of sand from 4-feet above you, do you think you could actually divert it's fall? I couldn't. Most climbers are heavier than 100 lbs.

Or does a spotter tend to make the falling climber less likely to flail his or her limbs to reorient before crashing? Or could the spotter's hit to the shoulder cause whiplash? It could be that in many cases, the spotter makes things worse.

Anyway, I've wondered about this.

I like the idea of putting down a towel, and I agree that pea gravel is better than foam for landing feet down. For landing flat on my back, I might prefer foam though.

The best strategy for a climber might be to practice landings.

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By Finn the Human
From The Land of Ooo
Sep 30, 2012
Mathematical!
Jon, you have to take into consideration the overall size of the object/person falling. A 100 lb bag of sand is going to be a lot more dense than a 100 lb climber. In the case of a falling person, you aren't trying to change the path of their entire body. It should be totally possible to divert someone's head or shoulders towards a pad.

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