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Don’t try the three-point superhero landing, OK?

March 29, 2020

Being a nurse I wondered about some of their landings a time or two. I’m glad to have my questions answered. Great blog!

Matthew Wright

Apparently the way to land when falling from a great height is to come down on one knee and a fist in a ‘three-point’ landing, then pause dramatically for everybody to admire your sudden entrance to save the day. Superheroes do it, so it must be the way, right?

I guess if you’re invulnerable, maybe. Although to me it does look more like posing. But hey – superheroes.

For the rest of us? Well, don’t try becasue it’s an easy way to break a leg. And knuckles. How do I know? Because physics.

Let me explain. Landing after a jump is all about trying to reduce your velocity without a sudden stop. It’s the stop that does the damage, which sounds trite, but bear with me. The problem is that the rate of change of velocity, itself, induces what is known as ‘jolt’ acceleration. This is far higher. It’s why…

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