Parkour is the physical ability of using only the body to quickly and effectively move throughout your surrounding environment. Known as the art of moving, parkour participants, also called traceurs, attempt to move and navigate through everyday obstacles, such as buildings, walls, railings, etc. Parkour can be utilized in anyplace, however, areas with compact objects is ideal. The skills required of traceurs are physically demanding and involve vaulting, wall scaling, swinging and rolling, and you must execute with speed and efficiency.
Parkour provides many benefits and advantages to those involved. Self-confidence, necessary to possess in order to leap tall buildings in a single bound, will be greatly improved and enhanced. The systematic and logical thinking required will help confront and overpower the many physical and mental obstacles we face every day.
Parkour is not without its dangers. The risks and dangers traceurs expose themselves to can be very dangerous and have extreme consequences. Accidents and wipeouts occur frequently in parkour. Knowing the basics of parkour, enhancing the awareness of your surroundings, and maintaining a strong, solid physique will help to avoid wipeouts, and most importantly, injuries.
Some of the worst parkour wipeouts are detailed here:
As one parkour participant attempted to jump from the top of a swing set to the ground, he miscalculates his positioning. He backflips off the swing set, only to hit a large upright two by four on the way down. He face planted in the sand with blood dripping from the gash in his head.
Leaping and then hoping to roll forward and continue throughout the chosen obstacle, a traceur failed in his 19 foot leap and instead, dropped 19 feet to the ground. As a result, a femur was broken, as well as three ribs, three toes, two fingers and a chipped tooth. Six months of recovery was needed after that parkour wipeout.
A newbie to parkour has many wipeouts. One wipeout details a fall of 15 feet. The leap from a four inch wide ledge towards a wall about six feet away was successful; however, a few of the bricks on that wall were unattached. As the two bricks began to pull away from the wall and drop, so does the traceur. Not only was a 15 foot drop painful, but adding to insult were the two bricks and even a metal sign that came crashing down on top of our parkourer as well.
Running full speed towards a bench with wooden fencing behind it, the plan was to jump from the bench seat, then over the fence. As the jump occurred onto the fence, our parkour’s foot slipped. One foot went over the fence, the other foot stayed put on the other side. As you can imagine, agonizing and throbbing pain were soon followed.
Most of the worst parkour wipeouts include building jumps. As a traceur balances on the edge of the building, he then chooses his landing spot on the other side. Once determining the distance needed to clear the jump, the traceur will lean forward with bent knees. Jumping forward, the arms rise in order to straighten the body completely out. Ascending to the landing spot, the legs will embrace for impact by bringing the legs forward and bending the knees to slow down movement. The use of the arms will provide the necessary balance needed to appropriately land and move on to the next target.
The worst parkour building jump wipeouts entail:
• 15 to 30 foot unsuccessful leaps
• Massive head injuries and trauma
• Punctured ribs
• Broken legs and arms
• Several stitches and lots of bleeding
• Months of recovery time