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could easily have been two or more drops at any impact level..
side drops and slow speed drops maneuvering, underestimating tight turns etc, are common generally with new bikes/novice riders, but also generally.. hand and foot levers work according to how they're held and how feet align with levers/end toe contact points..
eg, try making fists quickly with extended arm/s, for as long as its easy,, then repeat [after rest] with arm to shoulder joints relaxed, with relaxed wrists, elbows and shoulders.. relaxed arms/hands make more better fists - analogous to efficiency/effectiveness..
same/similar for ankles/feet on foot levers,, if foot is well aligned [snug] to lever and toe contact point, mechanical advantage is available, compared to 'penguin feet' out at an angle thus likely to make less effective contact, thus movement, thru lever..
novices often assume like 'its just a lever' thus they can easily use it, without [perhaps] learning good specific alignments thus skills..
not to say shifting etc is highly technical or difficult, yet it is another specific relationship requiring coordinated movements, all of which benefit from basic efficiency and repetition of the skill..
- thus benefits of instruction and practice of the skills -
[my son learned to ride away from me, so first tight roundabout he went off into a ditch, not knowing about counter steering and such as too fast entry speed etc.. first time i rode behind him, first thing obvious was 'pelican feet' out and down at angles, close to the road surface cornering.. etc.. even just simple feedback and a few hints made his riding better/safer]
point here being bent levers etc may amplify poor technique, or good technique may allow better use of equipment/tools...