How to do Forward Roll:
- Start standing up straight, arms up by your ears, feet together.
- Squat down, reaching your arms forward and placing your hands on the floor, shoulder width apart and slightly ahead of you. You shouldn’t jump onto your hands.
- Tuck the head in and round the back.
This is critical in ensuring the safety of the head and neck. The head shouldn’t touch the floor. At best, putting your head on the floor will give you a headache. Tucking the head in and rounding the back gives a smooth forward roll. If you keep a flat back you’ll bounce and thump along the floor like rolling dice. Note for Parents: you can carefully help guide the head into a good position by placing your hand on the back of their neck but do not push or force the head as you can hurt the neck. - Push on your feet, sending your hips over your head and let yourself roll along the floor in a tucked position. - Reach forward as you come out of the roll, keeping tucked with your feet and knees together to allow the momentum of your roll to bring you onto your feet. Stand up with your arms stretched up to your ears in your starting position.