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Zoomie, too true. I was speaking with Jeff Howard about this subject yesterday. In many emergency situations you by the time you have overcome initial shock, figured out what happened and processed what to do, you have already gone too far down the road to help yourself. It is just too fast. Safety gear like helmets, impact vests and gloves may make all the difference particularly when things are taken out of your control.
Talking with John Holzman a few months back he was emphatic about "training" students as opposed to instructing them. To be honest the distinction escaped me for a while but it came into focus eventually. Instructing may limit to a mental level whereas training may address things on a more visceral level. That is if you are thoroughly trained in a physical emergency procedure you may rapidly react as opposed to overcoming shock, analyzing, sort out options and try to act, perhaps too late.
I have advocated rehearsing mentally reaction sequences for a couple of years. I think it would be even better to act out the response in basic steps, over and over again. More about this later but your point is well made.
<font size=-1>[ This Message was edited by: RickI on 2002-11-06 03:39 ]</font>