How to fall safely?

This is a question I’ve had for the longest time and maybe someone could clear it up for me.How does one fall safely? I’ve been taught to fall forward on your knees, but it’s still very painful?? I don’t see how that is falling safely.Also, how do you fall backwards? Usually when I fall, it’s unexpected so how I cant bring myself to fall forwards, but end up fall backwards and landing painfully on my butt.So… what actually is falling safely, and it is possible to fall safely backwards?

Mental block with jumping

A little background- I’m a 31 year old female who began skating (again) a little over a year ago. Now I’m in freestyle ¾ and really love it. But, last summer I fell when practicing a waltz jump and sprained my ankle pretty badly. This resulted in a decline of everything-I wasn’t able to run for over 6 mo, I picked up 15 extra lbs and it really made me scared to fall on the ice. I’ve worked to overcome it…slowly. I can do salchows and toe loops, but I’m really struggling with my loops and flips with getting off the wall. I’m also losing a lot of confidence because my body just isn’t doing what I want it to do anymore (especially with spins/sit-spins). Do you have any advise on how to get off the wall and get past this mental barrier? Do you have any recommendations on pads that wont inhibit movement with thick legs? Do you know any off-ice exercises that may be useful to help build up my confidence? Really, any advice would help!Thanks so much for all of your help!!!! I really appreciate it everyone!

I passed!! Or maybe not….

Novice moves hate me. Or I’m cursed.On Tuesday I took my novice moves test for the 3rd time and absolutely crushed it. I had one incedental touchdown but other than that all my moves were textbook. When I got the results and saw every judge passed me and I got at least .1 over on everything I almost started crying because I was so happy. I went through the last two days in pure bliss, so excited to move onto junior.That ended today when I got an email from the test chair saying that there was a mistake – I signed up for adult because I’m 21, but apparently USFS changed it last year so that you have to now be 25 to test as an adult. You can test moves at 21 as an adult, but you have to test Adult moves (pre-bronze, bronze, etc). One judge passed me with enough points to pass standard, but the other judges didn’t – one was .5 below and one was .3 below standard.The test chair contacted USFS and I am in limbo right now waiting to see what they say. My fate rests in their hands.It’s been a roller coaster of skating emotions this week. Pls pray to the skating gods that I actually pass this test this time

Switching to ice dance boots/blades?

Hello! So I am an adult skater learning bronze dances. I used to take freestyle lessons as well, but after I started working I can no longer keep up with practicing both jumps/spins and skating skills, so I might just focus on ice dance from now on. I am now skating in edea ice fly with MK gold star (totally an overkill; back when I first started I was a crazy fan of a certain skater who skates in ice fly). So I was hoping if anyone can give me some advice on whether I should switch to ice dance boots and blades. Thanks!