On level ground, your arms should be at right angles (forearm vs upper arm) while holding the poles.

I'd be afraid I'd slip and crack a rib with a pole that height. Has that ever happened to anyone here?


I'm having trouble picturing how that would happen - when you're using the poles nordic style, they are either alongside or behind you, at an angle, and if you fall with the pole you'd end up with it flat beneath you.
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