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05-04-2009, 12:43 PM
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Best answer: Sideways. Let the force of the impact be distributed across your shoulders, torso, hips, and legs. Keep your arms in.

Never go head first, and always try not to go limb-first. That is, don't stick your arm out and try and stop yourself, you'll just end up dislocating or breaking it. Your legs are your strongest limbs, so if you have to go limb-first, go leg-first. If you are going leg-first, bend your knees so your knees take the impact. Your skates give your ankle a lot of support, but may not be enough to prevent a sprained or broken ankle in the event that you slam into the boards feet-first.

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