Parkour Injury Research

Parkour Injury Research

NZ Parkour Injury Research

Injuries occur in all physical pursuits, especially those that are more dynamic, like parkour. However, the public often assume that parkour is very dangerous. The NZ Parkour teams personal experiences are not completely injury free, but we’ve not sustained the quantity or intensity of injuries that people presume we’ve had. We wanted to explore this topic a bit deeper, so in late 2013 we drafted and shared a public questionnaire asking questions from NZ parkour practitioners about their parkour related injuries. We collected the stories, details and information regarding any and all injuries sustained during or attributed to parkour training and have compiled the juiciest info into this handy infographic.

The stand out trend for us was that the majority of injuries are a) pretty tame and b) appear to be avoidable. Taking time to rest, refining technique before pushing the boundaries, being mentally prepared and staying in the zone during training are likely to have a significant effect on reducing injuries in parkour.

Train hard and train safe.

– NZ Parkour

NZ Parkour Injury Research Infographic

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  • Denis Overlöper on October 26, 2017

    Hi Guys,
    sad that your study wasnt published somewhere… Is there any chance to get all your results?
    Right now im trying to do a little meta analysis of parkour injuries, would like to include your results

  • Anthony on May 23, 2016

    Doing a research paper to get parkour started in Job Corps, we need better moral and self-confidence in our own capabilities. Where can I find these rating for the U.S. or maybe Colorado in general?

    • Damien Puddle on May 30, 2016

      Hi Anthony,

      I’m not sure about US injury statistics or Colorado specifically, but you could try getting in touch with Ryan Ford at APEX Movement in Boulder?

  • Dennis on November 19, 2015

    Hi Again.
    Let me again praise your work here – I haven’t seen anyone doing this before.

    I would like to do a research in this field in Denmark.
    Would you be interested in sharing the raw data for comparison?
    (Just the raw numbers instead of percentages, and the numbers for the middle block)

    Thank you.

  • Dennis on October 22, 2015

    Nice guys!

    Could you provide more info? Like how many were asked and in what age, nations etc.

    • Damien Puddle on October 27, 2015

      Hi Dennis.

      The information you’re asking for is on the infographic:

      “Data taken from the survey results of 150 New Zealand based traceurs.”

      Average age = 21

      • Dennis on October 28, 2015

        Sorry, I missed that..
        Thanks… Good work

  • Gato on October 17, 2015

    Thankyou guys, that’s helpful..

  • Andrew Choflet on October 17, 2015

    This is good info guys! Very helpful, keep it up!

    This is a video I made a while back about sources of injury, (anyone feel free to use). Have you found anything similar?

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