I asked a more experienced rider yesterday about falling. She’d seen me do it the other night and asked about my level of soreness (not much, as it turns out! Just my left hand and left tricep. I was expecting much worse). When I mentioned how I wanted to talk to people who fall professionally (martial arts practitioners, OK Go On Treadmills, gymnasts, trapeze artists), she said that the best way not to fall off was to stay on.
“Ah,” I said. I believe my enthusiasm about studying falling was seen as a side issue to the matter at hand.