Join Date: Jul 2017
Location: Drumbo, Ontario, Canada
A ‘Fall On Out Stretched Hands’ or FOOSH is all too common and keeps orthopedic surgeons on call 24/7/365 at every ER around the world. There are many small bones in our hands and wrists that shatter under impact. This is even worse when that impact occurs at speed.
Good motorcycle gloves, for street or track use, will have inserts on the heels of the hand that act as low friction sliders. Leather, rubber, or other grippy materials are the enemy. Hard plastic, metal, or “Superfabric” inserts are what to look for. These sliders will help reduce friction upon contact with the pavement, and the resulting hyper extension of the wrists, and may reduce the severity of the injuries. Lots of ambiguity, but if you want a guarantee you should buy a small appliance, life doesn’t come with one.
Of course, a better tactic would be to fall properly. Tuck yourself into a ball and roll. Let your armored riding gear take the abuse while you keep your fragile extremities and delicate abdomen protected. If you are going down, your puny hands are not going to do anything but get smashed and shredded. Get them close to your chest, like the fetal position, then slide and bounce with your helmet, shoulder, elbow, back, hip, knee armor and boots taking the abuse. You do ride ATGATT, don’t you?
2011 V650 in Black, well accessorized.