6 May 2024


Safe Falls Program by the European Judo Union


The World Health Organization (WHO) identifies falls as a critical public health issue, particularly among children and adolescents. According to WHO, falls are a leading cause of injury-related deaths and disabilities worldwide, with millions of people suffering from fall-related injuries annually. In response to this significant health concern, the European Judo Union (EJU) has launched the Safe Falls program aimed at preventing fall injuries, especially among children and youth.

At the core of the Safe Falls program lies the research conducted by Professor Oscar DEL CASTILLO-ANDRES, whose scientific investigations provided the foundation for developing effective preventive measures. Drawing upon the research, an online application has been developed to systematically address fall prevention. This innovative tool serves as a comprehensive resource for educators, parents, and healthcare professionals, offering evidence-based strategies to mitigate the risk of fall-related injuries.

Building upon the online application, the EJU has supplemented the Safe Falls program with interactive game play and exercise formats, tailored specifically for children and adolescents. 

By integrating judo techniques and training methodologies, the program not only enhances physical fitness but also cultivates essential skills such as balance, coordination, and spatial awareness. Through engaging activities and structured training sessions, participants learn how to protect themselves from falls while fostering a sense of confidence and empowerment.

Looking ahead, the Safe Falls program aims to expand its reach by incorporating initiatives targeting older adults in the future. Recognizing the increased vulnerability of seniors to fall-related injuries, future iterations of the program will focus on developing specialized interventions tailored to their unique needs and abilities. By addressing fall prevention across different age groups, the EJU endeavors to promote lifelong health and well-being while reducing the burden of fall-related injuries on individuals and healthcare systems alike.

Through collaborative efforts between researchers, educators, and sports organizations like the European Judo Union, innovative solutions are being developed to safeguard individuals from the potentially devastating consequences of falls, ultimately fostering healthier and more resilient communities. Therefore a presentation and information material are offered in the online course, that coaches not only have the tools but also the arguments for talking to decision-makers in schools and institutions. 

Visit the course on www.judoinschools.net or www.eju-eduaction.net


Author: EJU Media