Reprinted with permission from Aaron Lind on Facebook
Acro involves risk.
I love all the talk about safety in acro I've seen on social media over the past few days. I've progressed slowly over the past 8 years because I've always been concerned about someone getting hurt and wanted 100% certainty that I know my role to keep it safe.
Christine Moonbeam and I jumped to hand to hand over concrete in this photo. We've done it many times. There is no doubt that we will hit it and dismount safely because we've trained the skills involved to that point.
Even though we were hiking and sightseeing, we still warmed up our handstands and L-Base h2h despite the fact that we are confident in the skills and can embody it cold.
Acro involves risk. What makes it dangerous is inaccurate assessment of self or partner and lack of preparatory training in partnership.
Some ideas to minimize risk in acro:
- warm up solo and together
- choose skills that are appropriate for the acrobats and the environment
- know your limits of strength and endurance and communicate them to your partners
- know when to call it a day, don't keep training material that your body or your partner's is too tired to embody. Assess yourself and partner to determine when they are strong and able to keep going, or exhausted and need to stop.
- High-level level acro training isn't like strength training: don't go to failure. End a session when fatigue starts to set in. Technical execution goes when strength goes.
- know when to say no or not yet, and identify steps to your skill goal
Have more to add to the list? Please continue the conversation in the comments below!