Thursday, August 16, 2007

Flying and Falling

Australian skateboarder Jake Brown knocks off a big air practice session at the Staples Center just days before the event in which he suffered a concussion. He fell 45 feet to the flatter part of the ramp, feet first. He bounced as he landed and slid a few more feet down the ramp. After lying unconscious for a few minutes, he got up and walked away. Brown survived because he landed feet first, not head first. Also, at the moment he lost control of his skateboard, his body was upright, not somersaulting, and was hardly spinning, says physicist and skateboarder Yung Tae Kim of DePaul University in Chicago
(Alex Gallardo / LAT)

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