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does parkour wear down your joints
« on: November 22, 2010, 09:37:49 PM »
till you can barely use them for the rest of your life cause im arguing with my friend and she says that parkour is going to wear down my joints and i wont beable to use them and i think she has a joint problome

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Re: does parkour wear down your joints
« Reply #1 on: November 22, 2010, 09:48:55 PM »
It's all relative.

If you train like a reckless daredevil idiot, then yes, you're likely going to have major issues.

If you train safely, carefully, and condition as much as you should, you hopefully won't have any issues.
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Re: does parkour wear down your joints
« Reply #2 on: November 22, 2010, 09:54:03 PM »
What Andy said.

Also, everything is individual to your body.  Different bodies can handle different levels of stress more easily.  There's no way to know who will be subject to repeated injuries with relatively low to mid levels of stressors, and who will be able to go all-out, all the time with no consequence.  Most of us fall somewhere in the middle, but take it slow and listen to your body.

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Re: does parkour wear down your joints
« Reply #3 on: November 22, 2010, 10:03:56 PM »
gah she has a good argument though cause her parents are doctors

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Re: does parkour wear down your joints
« Reply #4 on: November 22, 2010, 10:28:55 PM »
Anything can wear your joints down, when done improperly. Anything. But those things can become safe when done properly.

Basketball can break your ankles and knees if you run improperly and jump awkwardly.
Football breaks joints. A lot.
Soccer, running, sprinting, cross country are terrible for the knees if you run wrong.

And so on and so forth.

But look at Olympic athletes: They're the best of the best and have high intensity training. They put lots of strain on their bodies and joints. But because they've trained SLOWLY, SAFELY, and PROPERLY, they've build up technique and strength to turn those potentially dangerous activities into safe activities to practice. They've eliminated most of the danger to the joints with proper technique and strength. Regardless, there's always danger and wear on the joints no matter how good you are at what you do.

There's no difference with parkour: Do it right, and you should be fine. Do it stupidly, and you won't have knees in 5 years.
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Re: does parkour wear down your joints
« Reply #5 on: November 23, 2010, 05:52:41 AM »
But look at Olympic athletes: They're the best of the best and have high intensity training. They put lots of strain on their bodies and joints. But because they've trained SLOWLY, SAFELY, and PROPERLY, they've build up technique and strength to turn those potentially dangerous activities into safe activities to practice. They've eliminated most of the danger to the joints with proper technique and strength. Regardless, there's always danger and wear on the joints no matter how good you are at what you do.

Well, unless you're Chinese anyway.

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Re: does parkour wear down your joints
« Reply #6 on: November 23, 2010, 06:16:20 AM »
I've been speedcubing for four or five years now, and my wrists suffer from it sometimes. If an act as sedentary and nerdy as that can cause some damage, how much greater is the risk involved with parkour/freerunning?

Of course, that's why we condition. Keep your body up to dealing with the stress. But seriously folks, our bodies are constantly decaying. Do I want to take care of my body? Yes. But if you're doing an ok job of taking care of yourself, get out there and have some fun. 
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Re: does parkour wear down your joints
« Reply #7 on: November 23, 2010, 04:37:39 PM »
But look at Olympic athletes: They're the best of the best and have high intensity training. They put lots of strain on their bodies and joints. But because they've trained SLOWLY, SAFELY, and PROPERLY, they've build up technique and strength to turn those potentially dangerous activities into safe activities to practice. They've eliminated most of the danger to the joints with proper technique and strength.

I'm not sure this is correct.  Even if it were, you're neglecting all the people who attempt to make it, but fail due to injuries.

The short answer to the OP is: Yes, but there are safe practices which should reduce the risk significantly for most people.  Some people may be injury-prone no matter how careful and safe they are.  Such is life.

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Re: does parkour wear down your joints
« Reply #8 on: November 24, 2010, 09:54:31 AM »
I train carefully...I think.
I guess I'll find out when I'm about forty, but, what the hell, it's worth it. Sure, I might have some tough times in the future, but I am confident that I will just smile and see it as a reminder of one of the greatest things that ever happened to me.

Yeah, that's the sugar-coated version; I'll probably be cussing up a storm. I can stay hopeful, though. :]
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Re: does parkour wear down your joints
« Reply #9 on: November 25, 2010, 06:12:07 PM »
The way I look at it, see people like gymnasts, and David Belle and Seb Foucan who have been training their whole lives, and they are now in their mid to late 30s with few real problems.



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Re: does parkour wear down your joints
« Reply #10 on: November 25, 2010, 06:32:34 PM »
Something I think a lot of people over look is that a sedentary lifestyle without any activity is going to leave you incapacitated much the same way high impact sports will. Common sense and balance is the key here.
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Re: does parkour wear down your joints
« Reply #11 on: November 26, 2010, 12:41:53 AM »
Something I think a lot of people over look is that a sedentary lifestyle without any activity is going to leave you incapacitated much the same way high impact sports will. Common sense and balance is the key here.

That's a great way of putting it. Without common sense, training can become reckless, and people can do things they're not ready for yet, or even things they will never be ready for.

As for the wearing down of joints; everything wears your body down to some degree, there is no way to stop it. But with good training, a healthy lifestyle and focus on sensible application, we can slow the process down, and remain highly functional for a very high proportion of our lives.

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Re: does parkour wear down your joints
« Reply #12 on: November 27, 2010, 03:53:42 AM »
Everything wears down your body. It's a lifetime investment but it's not forever....

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