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Injury Reports / Re: Golfer's Elbow
« on: November 12, 2008, 06:40:32 PM »
I went to my doctor.  He felt my arm, tested the strength, asked where it hurt if he rotated it one way or the other.  The basic procedure I guess.  He didn't think it was broken, but said if it kept hurting have an X-ray for a closer look.

However, I don't think its broken either.  From what I've heard, broken bones are extremely painful in an extremely specific area.  I have sudden pains, but they're in several different points in the elbow.  So either it's cracked in several different points (unlikely that this could be and I could still do push ups) or it's a different problem. 

I might be in the wrong thread though, because I don't think it's easy to get tendon problems from blunt force impacts.

Injury Reports / Re: Golfer's Elbow
« on: November 11, 2008, 06:50:37 PM »
Date of Injury : November 1st, 2008
Your DOB and age : July 1st 1993, 15
name : Ben Spark
City, State : New Bedfrod, MA
# years practicing Parkour / Freerunning : 11 months
Hours of training per week : 4-6 hours

Other exercise / fitness experience:
swimming (team), running (non competitive)

Location where injury occurred : right arm (elbow)
Conditions of location : dry and sensitive

What you were doing / trying to do when injury occurred?: Kong a fence on bleachers (top of fence=~10 feet above concrete).
I was konging the fence and my feet clipped the top.  I pitched headfirst onto concrete.

Where any other people involved? no
Part of body  - description of injury, rating of severity 1-10 : right elbow, inside/upper, ~6
Did you see a doctor for diagnosis? yes-probably not fractured
Did you get X-rays or MRI's? no
Picture of the injury: NA

Could you / how could you have avoided the injury?
If I was more confident in my roll, I would have concentrated more on my kong and not been looking down spotting my landing before I jumped.

Date / type / severity of your last injury?
Ongoing for several months/wrist/~3.5
Missed a cat jump, fell backwards, and slammed my wrists into concrete.  They've been sketchy ever since.

Notes on the experience?
At first it didn't really hurt.  Once the adrenaline left, I couldn't extend it or bend it all the way without it hurting.  Vaults were out of the question.  I had tried to stay off of it and not use it, but I had a meet the following weekend, so I popped some advils and toughed it out.  Big mistake.  It was more sore the morning after that than the day I hurt it.  Hasn't improved much since.

The way you described yours made it seem similar to mine.  Did my symptoms fit?  You said it would take time.  However, my season starts up in earnest in about two weeks.  What part of your mending (other than time) was most helpful?

Diet / Re: How to get a full day's worth of food in one sitting.
« on: November 11, 2008, 06:08:12 PM »
Wow.  Potentially the most delicious looking things on Earth.

Movement / Re: Rolling On Concrete
« on: November 10, 2008, 07:24:29 PM »
I had the same experience.  I could take a running jump of about 10 feet onto grass no problem.  But concrete was impossible.  After the third hour of tutorial videos, I realized that I didn't have any abnormal bone or something.  My form was just plain horrible, and the grass had allowed for it.  After I corrected my form, I had concrete down within the hour.
Re-evaluate your form and maybe try something softer before concrete (wood, thin carpet, etc.)

Socialize / Re: My Parkour Name?
« on: November 09, 2008, 07:20:04 PM »
Spark. (hard to guess?)  Probably because Pyro wasn't a great one to represent the community.  You get the idea...

Consumer Whores / Re: 5.10 Freerunner "Alien Glow"
« on: November 07, 2008, 07:31:46 PM »
I know the rubber is Mystique from Daescents and that the treads are dotty from the Freerunner.  I know the rubber is ridiculously grippy on concrete and any rough surface.  I should know, I own a pair of Daescents myself.  But I have one question.  In comparison with the Daescent, what kind of grip does it have on smooth surfaces like metal.  Because that is the one flaw with the Daescents.  If anyone's ever tried to climb up an I-beam (as seen in Casino Royale) it's a waste of time.  A friend of mine who's never tried parkour or anything like it got five feet higher than me.  The same situation trying to run up a smooth tree.

Are these shoes different?

Socialize / Re: You know you're a traceur when...
« on: November 06, 2008, 02:44:06 PM »
Did that on an english paper.

When instead of trying to get laid before you graduate high school/college, you're trying to nail that eight foot kong.

Socialize / Re: You know you're a traceur when...
« on: November 02, 2008, 01:00:53 PM »
...when you have "the talk" with your parents, but instead of girls it involves buildings and when they talk about helmets they mean the kind that go on your head  ;)

lol. +1

I was doing a wallflip once and my hand went into the wall and my pinky-knuckle scraped almost to the bone.  Didn't notice it until 10 min later.

Pics & Vids / Re: Roll Training
« on: November 01, 2008, 03:06:40 PM »
Even when I'm just landing and not rolling, I try to keep them at 90 or more.

Also, when I try to use reveres blocking and really stretch out, I always hurt myself, usually on my spine.  Do I just need to practice technique?

Socialize / Re: You know you're a traceur when...
« on: October 28, 2008, 05:29:30 PM »
When you are going for a walk, but you find yourself running...

...up a wall.

FAQ / Re: Premium memberships And Paypal Donations
« on: October 27, 2008, 05:41:27 PM »
When I started writing my post yours wasn't on the board, so nothing personal.   :)

FAQ / Re: Premium memberships And Paypal Donations
« on: October 26, 2008, 04:51:07 PM »
No ads is nice.

The newsletter would depend on what was in it.  A good idea though.

A birthday card is nice.  No tangible benefit, but a cool perk.

Training is always good.

My favorite is the merchandise one.  I'm sure I'm not the only one who has to search through my dresser to find some clothes without holes, grass stains, bloodspots, etc.

I don't like the exclusive forum access though.  I think everyone should have access to all of the forum, regardless of skill, experience, or (especially) payment.  It would be paying special attention to the donators.

In order: 2, 3, 0, 4, 1, 5.

Socialize / Re: You know you're a traceur when...
« on: October 26, 2008, 04:41:13 PM »
you see a sweet rail and have a parkourgasm

when you...ahem...handle your affairs thinking about cat jumps and triple kongs.

Socialize / Re: You know you're a traceur when...
« on: October 24, 2008, 04:27:36 PM »
I don't know if this has been said, since I skipped about 40 pages:

When you do an L-sit while you're taking a dump

going to try this.   ;D

Consumer Whores / Re: Freerunner Vs Daescent
« on: October 20, 2008, 12:05:38 PM »
as for durability, 9.99/10.  i can't believe these are really only 2mm thick. 

do yours still have the 'cross hatch' pattern on the sole from the mold? mine have finally wore off... it's shocking really... the 1/32 of an inch or so tall pattern on the sole lasted longer than the 1/8 inch dots on my Freerunenrs... or the 1/4" dots on my Guide tennies...

I think some one who doesn't own the shoe would have to see one to understand... it's sort of hard to explain.

truth is Mystique was designed to be durable... in order to make the daescent possible we needed a rubber that was so incredibly durable that we could use 2mm sheets for the sole... the fact that it has crazy high friction is a nice bonus ;)

i think some of the scratches i saw in my shoes were part of the pattern.  whoops.  10/10.  you need to own one of these shoes to truly understand!

Socialize / Re: You know you're a traceur when...
« on: October 20, 2008, 12:02:49 PM »
... the majority of your senior pictures consist of various vaults and percisions.

... instead of looking at a girl you and your friends look at a 3ft wall and say "Yea, I'd vault that, I'd vault the H**l out of that!"

...when you start comparing girls to vaults: "that right there's a double kong!"

Movement / Re: Fears
« on: October 19, 2008, 02:17:28 PM »
That article should be on (or linked to) every home page of every site that wants to call what it does parkour.  Okay, maybe a little extreme.

Parkour should be taken in baby steps.  The most common way people learn about parkour is from online videos.  It's easy to bash the kid who went out and jumped off his roof, but what about the kid who learned five different vaults before learning a muscle up, roll, landing, or balances (cat or standing)?  Being one of the latter, I can say first hand that aside from running, these are some of the most used aspects in real parkour.  Basic movement comes second, vaults come first.  The mentality of training a body to move quickly comes first.  How many people get hurt from training a way of thinking?  Pull-ups and balancing are much less dangerous than any vault, as are landing or rolling (if practiced properly).  More importantly, they're almost necessary for learning advanced moves, such as vaults.  How many people can say that, if they mess up on a vault, they can use their parkour knowledge to avoid further injury?  If the answer's no, practice some more rolls.  Practice some more landings.  Kong vaulting a four foot gap is very efficient, but if you smash your knees and end up in a wheelchair for a couple months, the efficiency drops considerably.

When I sat down to write this I swear I planned on writing something short.  Honest!

Movement / Re: Climb Up a Wall
« on: October 19, 2008, 11:34:43 AM »
Apologies on my potentially awful grammar.

Je n'est pas sûr si je comprends ta probleme, mais quel je fais une planche, je ne déplie pas mon bras et je pousse beaucoup avec mes jambes.
I'm not sure I understand your problem, but when I perform a muscle-up, I don't bend my arms and I push a lot with my legs.

Movement / screwy kongs
« on: October 14, 2008, 05:54:25 PM »
this is different from akward kongs.

my kongs are screwy.  don't get me wrong, i'm good at them (i've konged an 8 ft picnic table but can't figure out how to upload the video).  however, i have no arc.  some people sail over the object and touch down at the end.  my hands hit about 4 ft in and i get the rest of the distance afterwards.  how can i improve this?

Socialize / Re: You know you're a traceur when...
« on: October 14, 2008, 05:49:32 PM »
...when before if your nickname was 'Spark', you're now called 'Sparkour'.

...when King Kong came out, you got really excited hearing people talk about 'kong's.

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