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Train your Automatism

November 17, 2011

“Falling is part of the climbing process.” On the website climbing.com an interesting article on how climbers can train falling correctly. “A hold breaks, we slip, pump out, and we’re off. It’s important to find appropriate ways to practice falling so we learn to do it safely.”

A lot of people aren’t aware of their influence on processes like these. Menno Boermans, besides Human Factors trainer a professional mountain climber himself: “In a state of stress, we mainly act on an automatic way. Automatisms, as these unconscious muscular movements are called, are involuntary, but trainable. In order that we perform the correct action at a stressy moment, we need to have trained that in advance.”

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  1. November 24, 2011 3:54 pm

    Another field for a similar automatism is aviation:

    When a rookie pilot has a stall, the first impulse is pulling the stick to go up. Actually, the right answer is exactly the opposite. When the plane start to fall due to a stall, do not try to go up. Even in some light planes, you have to push the stick to go down and recover.

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