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So parkour isn't fundamentally dangerous? I heard that free running (Not, technically, the same thing, but they have similar elements) is actually quite unhealthy- people have obtained and suffered head trauma, brain damage, broken necks and even death during crazy stunts, such as building hopping and freefalls from high objects. Obviously, i'm not looking to front flip over a building, but the risks are still moderate, no? I'm fifteen, and I don't want me future to collapse because, say, I made a mis-timing one saturday and knocked my head a "little" too hard, you know what i'm saying? Basically, is it safe enough for a fifteen-year-old school kid to be free running or parkouring around Manchester?Dave wrote:The practice of parkour is not without risk. Whenever there is an element of the unknown there will always be an element of risk alongside. Consequently there is an element of risk inherent in every action because as humans we can never predict what will happen in the future precisely. Through parkour, by seeking to explore our boundaries and understand our capabilities, we are making a conscious decision to journey into the unknown in search of answers. Such is the case with all learning and the fact that the answers that we seek are to questions concerning ourselves does not change this.
How much risk there is depends largely on how deeply we venture into the unknown and untested. If we stay relatively close to our known capabilities and push the boundaries of only a small number of skills at once then our journey involves few unknowns and little risk of encountering a serious problem. If a high jumper raises the bar a few centimetres when training then that is the only thing that changes, that is the only thing he needs to adapt to overcome because he is comfortable with the rest of his situation. However, when we move way beyond our known limits or try to push the boundaries of many skills at once the risk increases. The same high jumper trying to raise the bar by a metre in training, or trying for a new personal best at his first jump in his first international competition where he needs to deal with the noise and pressure as well, will create a much more dangerous situation. Even if we can cope with all of the challenges individually, when they are combined it becomes much harder and this increases the risk.
The best way to minimise these risks is by advancing slowly, making sure as we push ourselves that we take care not to push too far or too fast too soon. If there is advice available then we should listen to it so that we might understand situations more clearly and further reduce the number of unknown elements.
If we are careful as we train then the consequences of something going wrong are nothing more serious than small scrapes or light bruises. These things might be inconvenient, but our bodies can repair these things easily with time. They are also a clear indicator that you are trying to advance too quickly, and thus clearly quite useful when trying to determine where your limits are for if there were no indicators they would be impossible to find. When practicing something like parkour, where you are challenging yourself all the time, it is important to recognise that the minor setbacks like these are helpful, even necessary, in the long-term process of learning.
It is also important to recognise that in parkour, as in many areas of life, the difficulties lie not only in the physical element of a movement, but in the mental challenges that are associated with it as well.
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