In late 2013 NZ Parkour conducted a survey asking parkour practitioners about their injuries from their practice. 150 practitioners from New Zealand responded. The results have been compiled into the infographic below:
Stand out facts:
- 44% of practitioners have never been injured
- Practitioners train 4.2 hours a week on average
- Only 82% do strength and conditioning
- 37% of injuries occur in the first year of training
- Sprains are the most common injury, followed by shin splints
Parkour and injuries have always been an interesting area – as up until now there were no studies or data collected, at least that I was aware of, on injuries from parkour. While traditional sports have well documented injury statistics, parkour lacked any type of data. So this survey and infographic are enlightening and will provide more of a full picture which can be used to inform future parkour training. However future research is needed to more clearly understand and communicate parkour injury rates.
Thanks to NZ Parkour – their original post can be found here.
Let me know in the comments if there’re further studies into parkour injuries and injury rates, especially any studies looking at other countries as one limitation of this study is it looked at New Zealand parkour practitioners only and NZ is a country and a parkour community arguably removed from the larger international parkour community, due to geography, and so may not reflect injury rates from the larger parkour community. Thoughts? Let me know in the comments.