I teach and stress falling in class as one of the most important parts of self defense that can act as a counter to locks and throws but more importantly protecting your self from serious injury by accidental falls that could cause permanent injury or even serious crippling or life threating results. The younger students tend to take it lightly but in cross training and in other sports like basket ball one of my top national champions almost lost the use of one leg and it took surgery and much therapy to come back by not taking serious falls. Being able to instinctually come out of different types of falling positions is vital and since falling is the leading cause of death over 50 good training in this area can make the difference in walking away or being carted away. However where I live is extreme weather and ground conditions at times like to a skating rink and both feet go up same time so rapid and 3-4 feet off the ground the hit to the tail bone or one elbow and back of the head sometimes just cannot be avoided. We were walking into a theater on a 45 degree angle and I went down with my daughter so hard I hit the back of my head full on and all I could think of was if I passed out my daughter would not know what to do or call? I managed to stay awake and drive home. This year about 6 weeks ago just stepping out on my way to work no warning right to my tail bone possibly back of my head? Seems like I am dragging my right leg it just dose not want to lift well, two weeks ago at church I literally flipped forward and rolled out well but went down to one knee and my left wrist seems to have made it worse. I have increased my stretching time in class and using my jet tub seem to be slowly making progress but the pain down the right leg seems to be coming from 3-4 lower lumbar vertebrae so I am really watching my self. Have any of you found your self having really bad falls?