Quote from getoverit
I've heard the same thing from instructors, the only rationale anyone ever provided was that checking the pulse on the opposite side may increase the risk of occluding the vessel or manipulating his larynx. I don't buy either argument.
As for the left hand, I would want to know how it could possibly make any difference which hand you used. If someone were able to palpate it with their big toe it would be fine with me.
This is the reason, in conjunction with sympathetic grip-response- if you pull with your fingers, under stress
, you will
form an opposing clasp with your thumb. Most people are right hand dominant, so sympathetic response is stronger on the dominant side. The instructors are trying to keep you from killing someone by putting functional checks in the way of your stream of consciousness.
I can go into a very long exposition in relation to professional shooting, tactical medicine and extreme sports learning/performance studies, but the above is pretty much "it". There are a few
(veryveryvery few-as in low single digits) performers who do not have substantial adrenal responses under pressure. These are people who will actually be thinking through their responses at speed.
99% of the rest perform to their lowest level of training, and their mind fills in what they expected/should have done
, in post-incident debriefing. This is demonstrated by video capture as related to statements made by participants.
Edit: Anecdotally, absolutely, many of us can say, "I've done it this way and never
..." Maybe. As with needle safety, if you do the right thing, the right way, each and every time, consciously
, that may be a valid statement. If we do what we feel
we should do/is easy, we introduce too many variables to make a defensible statement.