Trust fall

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A trust fall is an activity in which a person deliberately falls, trusting the members of a group (spotters) to catch them.[1] It has also at times been considered a popular team-building exercise in corporate training events.

There are many variants of the trust fall. In one type, the group stands in a circle, with one person in the middle with arms folded against his chest and falls in various directions, being pushed by the group back to a standing position before falling again. In another variant, a person stands on an elevated position (such as a stage, stepping stool or tree stump) and relies on multiple people to catch them. This variant is potentially more dangerous and often leads to injuries.[2][3]

The trust fall was a popular activity conducted as a part of corporate team building activities. However, it fell out of favor due to the legal liabilities associated with the trust fall and the fact that it is known to cause traumatic brain injury when the catcher or catchers fail at their task.[4] Furthermore, while the fall may establish trust in the exercise, "there is little evidence that this trust spills over into day-to-day life".[5]

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  1. ^ "Trust Building Activities". Venture Team Building. 28 April 2013. Retrieved 26 October 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  2. ^ "The Trust Fall Team Building Activity". The Trust Fall Team Building Activity. 18 January 2011. Retrieved 30 May 2019.
  3. ^ "Australian Diplomat Killed During LES Trust Fall, Sources Say". Madison, NJ Patch. 15 November 2017. Retrieved 23 September 2022.
  4. ^ "Student Says Leadership Class Ruined Him". Retrieved 23 September 2022.
  5. ^ "TRUST ME". Tribune Content Agency. 7 September 2016. Retrieved 30 May 2019.