What Is Parkour?
Parkour is basically, to overcome any obstacle in your environment, in most efficient ways possible. It is done by the practitioners using their physical abilities, such as running, jumping, rolling and similar type of physical movements. It requires disciplined training of practitioners on permanent basis. Parkour is an exciting sport which can only be played by players who remain in practice throughout the year. The term Parkour was coined by David Belle, one of the founding figures of parkour. This movement was first introduced for men and women of military. The following website gives detailed information about parkour: http://www.wisegeek.com/what-is-parkour.htm .
There are some misconceptions and wrong ideas about parkour. Some people mixed parkour with freerunning. These both terms are not interchangeable to each other. In the same way as party poker is different to playing cards or bingo, parkour and freerunning are different as well. The goal and purpose is different. Freerunners are practitioners of freerunning while practitioners of parkour are called Traceurs.
Safety measures for Parkour
When a large drop is performed by a traceur from a high area then it is very dangerous.Before making any further process in this sport, the practitioner must practice to land safely. Some instructions of parkour safety landings are:
- The practitioners must land on the balls of their feet for safety purposes. Their heels should not touch the land while landing. Flat footed landings can cause serious injuries.
- When they place palm of their hands on the ground between their legs, this distributes the force of jump throughout their body and then their upper body muscles are exercise.
- The traceurs should use safety landings for jumps shorter than their height. There are different techniques for landing safely, for higher jumps.
- As soon as traceurs have performed safety landings they should pop out of it with a quick hop. Staying longer on the ground, if not necessary, will make them loose their momentum.
Parkour is not safe enough as it look’s like, the person who practices it must be physically and mentally strong.