Joined: 19 Apr 2004 Posts: 3 Location: Vero Beach, FL, USA
Posted: Mon Apr 19, 2004 1:19 am Post subject: I Need Help!
On the pictures you see of footbag net everwhere they are in mid air almost totally horizontal, do they also come down on there backs most of the time. Im not too sure I wanna buy a net or even attempt to play at all because it looks a little dangerous. Seems to me like an easy way to break legs by landing wrong, but ive never played so I cant be sure of that. Any help would be great. Thanks
Joined: 29 May 2004 Posts: 14 Location: Columbia, SC, USA
Posted: Sun Jun 06, 2004 4:55 pm Post subject:
Chris, it is actually your arms and shoulders that you are most likely to break or dislocate playing net, when you fall on them. But this is pretty rare. When learning to jump-spike, you just have to trust yourself. Your arms will naturally extend to protect you when you fall, without you even thinking about it. It is instinct, though it takes a little courage to figure this out.
I also use rollerblade wristguards when I play, because I have problems with tendonitis in my wrist (and because I've broken my arm landing). Other players do this too.
Also, what you cannot see in the photographs is the fact that the players are actually rotating their bodies in flight, so that they are looking down at the ground as they fall after making contact. This helps keep you from landing on your back. Sometimes you will get fouled over the net, which will throw off your rotation and make you fall oddly.
Don't be afraid to give it a try. After a while you won't even think about landing, you'll be far more interested in the spiking part of it! There is no greater satisfaction in footbag than flying above your competition and nailing a good spike. (well, maybe that's an exaggeration. Actually winning is probably more satisfying in the long run...). And if you break something, just remember that pain builds character and teaches lessons...
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