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This is tricky, Howard explains, because nothing is guaranteed when you’re falling. “Crashing is such an unpredictable, uncontrollable thing by its very nature,” he says, “so while a suggestion might work in some cases, it could as easily be more counterproductive in others.” But in slow-speed crashes especially, try to separate yourself from your bike. “You can jump over or roll much better if you’re not attached to it,” he says, and you’ll avoid having the bike make things worse for you.
For example, on a slow-speed endo, you want to tuck your head to your chin and roll. “It’s often best to let go of the bars so you can use your arms to help absorb the impact as you tuck and roll away from the crash—like those forward rolls over your head you did as a kid,” Howard says. “You can even practice this on grass without a bike to get used to the movement, should you need it on the trail.”
Stay physically healthy for the sport you are doing—meaning strong and flexible, Howard says. Flexibility and athleticism are huge factors when it comes to being able to walk away from crashes with less or reduced injuries. Regular stretching, exercise, rest and good nutrition are key components in achieving this.