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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.
Howrad McGreehan
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Sep 26, 2012
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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.
Morgan Patterson
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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. BoulderJunke
Joined Sep 4, 2012
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Sep 30, 2012
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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.
Jon Nelson
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Sep 30, 2012
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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. Finn the Human
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