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Parkour Pain

I have been doing some jumps from high altitudes of about 10ft (running and jumping off). My question is when I land my innards start to hurt like my stomach and intestines. How bad is this for my health and will the feeling go away after time has passed and the organs become immune the shock?

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The Jamalam5 years ago
Also, if you want to be able to take more of an impact and be able to pull yourself up, trydoing 20 pressups, situps and jacknives every day like I do. My biceps got bigger within the first four days,and I'm developing a nice 6 pack :)
I've been doing parkour for quite a while now, i get good practice because I live in the middle of chicago, when your jumping you should turn all high jumps into rolls otherwise you'll be taking avoidable damage. search for how to roll videos
Pat Sowers (author)  astrozombies1386 years ago
i do the rolls.
lol you've said that about 10 times in this forum topic
I'd be more worried about my knees later in life if I were you. My dads knees are screwed now from years of marathon running(London marathon, tough guy runs etc). Jumping from the heights your on about definitely won't do them any good. Free Running is really fun to watch though! I loved the beginning of the new bond film.
Pat Sowers (author)  Mr Slippy Fist6 years ago
it was cool how they got a free runner in that movie! I love free running!
Have you played assassins creed yet then?
Pat Sowers (author)  Mr Slippy Fist6 years ago
YUP!!!! OMG its so cool!
I liked it up until about the third mission then I realized all the missions are pretty much exactly the same after that! The gameplay is really good though.
Pat Sowers (author)  Mr Slippy Fist6 years ago
i only played a small amount of it because its my bro's.
have you seen district B13? Near the beginning its got david belle himself in an awesome chase you should get it
bowmaster6 years ago
If you flip and spin in the air you will have more drag and not go as fast and if you roll on the ground the energy will be absored
Sorry I meant to hit spell check what I was saying was if you flip and spin in the air you will have more drag and not go as fast and if you roll on the ground the energy will be absored by the ground and not your guts.
Pat Sowers (author)  bowmaster6 years ago
yeah i think i have it down now just did a 20ft jump the other day and i was fine.
:O
PKM6 years ago
The general rule I was told was if you are descending more than your own height, you should probably roll. Rolling is an absolute necessity for jumps of 10 feet and above- if you don't you will be excessively stressing your knees, lower back and internal organs, you risk shin splints, sprains or even breakages, the list goes on. If you aren't comfortable rolling from that height you probably shouldn't be jumping from that height, and if you still do but don't roll you shouldn't really call it parkour- that's more like "house jumping".
Pat Sowers (author)  PKM6 years ago
yeah the thing is i do roll even when i put this up i was doing rolls. the pain has went away and i can do jumps from a lot higher now then 10 ft. thx anyway
The highest I have ever jumped from is my friends garage roof... 12 feet i'd say
ive always wanted to learn parkour. it looks freaking awsome and a good way to get around town lol.... but if your organs are hurting id think about going to a doctor, to make sure you havnt caused any internal injury.
Pat Sowers (author)  teaaddict3146 years ago
I think it was from the shock. but I have been working on the rolls and now it dosent hurt. =P
thats always good... ive been doing some jumps and rolls....from about 3 feet high just to practice...only thing that hurts me right now is my pelvis. but i think thats just because im rolling onto concrete lol.....but it doesnt hurt that bad, just a bit of bruising. im trying to get those monkey vaults down now...there kinda tricky tho (im afraid of slamming my face into the ground lol)
push hard down, and before you hit your legs on the bar, or feel a strain on your shoulders, let go.
whats a monkey vault?
its a big giant vault that you stuff monkeys into
Oh sounds very delicious. But in all seriousness i googled it and now i know.
YAY for google lol
Pat Sowers (author)  teaaddict3146 years ago
slamming your face in the ground wouldn't be to good........lol
lol...i think i kinda got it now, you gotta really punch your shoulders down tho. ive been practicing over the back of my couch lol
Pat Sowers (author)  teaaddict3146 years ago
LOL OMG i do the same thing! it works! It truely is a good idea!
lol....i also jump onto the couch arms, try to balance, then once i balance for 5 seconds jump down and quickly jump back up......good exercise cause the cough arms are about 3 or 4 feet high
Pat Sowers (author)  teaaddict3146 years ago
nice I kinda do the same thing. its a lot safer to do when your learning.
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"Free-running".

It's very impressive when done properly.
I know, I'm in a group called "high vaultage", I hope you notice the pun... Anyway, we are making videos, and are putting together a compilation for youtube!!!
Don't forget to start a thread here when you do. Maybe as an 'ible if you're showing how to do moves?
maybe, i am trying to persuade pat sowers to make his 'ible into a collaboration, or i might just post my own ;)
Either way, good luck.
Juklop ll.136 years ago
Why did that girl stick her panties in that dude's mouth?
When?
In that movie ll.13 posted.
ll.13 Juklop6 years ago
watch all of it(1st one), then you'll understand. ;-)
ummm no?
tech-king6 years ago
i seem to recall a bmx-er who damaged his spleen by his constant jumps. eventually, he took a landing too hard, and it ruptured.
reminds me of an episodes of the simpsons where homer is one of those guys who takes cannonballs to the gut.
lol, i remember that one
The Jamalam6 years ago
if you tense your abs, i heard that not only does it hurt alot less, and it also makes a quieter landing
if you hurt when you hit the ground, you need a new method of landing, perhaps roll when you hit the ground
Pat Sowers (author)  AnarchistKid6 years ago
i do but i was off one the timeing a bit im good now.
You're either tensing your stomach etc while bending your knees, legs don't get bothered stomach does. Or your squashing yourself into a tight ball momentarily, either way the guys below seem to have given the right advice already... Used to work in a container yard (tyrefitting at same time) but as a kid I spent most of my day running about jumping off containers of similar height... Little rule if you practice landing on soft stuff or use shock mats etc, get a fold up climbing one they carry like a backpack and give a pretty high safe height, 15' is no problem. Never ever land on something springy like a giant shipping bag (they're big balloons to stop cars etc from hitting the ends of their container) Yes painfull experience going back up and landing on rough gravel shredding your hands, knees, chin and stomach.
Kiteman6 years ago
Work on your landings.

As I understand it, parkour done properly is a flowing activity - each move merges smoothly with the next, and there are no sudden stops. That's why so many jumps end in rolls - the thump of the landing is absorbed by the roll.

It is interesting that you mention 10' walls - a parachute landing is said to be equivalent, impact-wise, to a jump from a 10' wall. Parachutists are all trained to absorb the impact of the landing with a roll, preventing all sorts of bruising and breakages.
Pat Sowers (author)  Kiteman6 years ago
I do the roll but some how it still hurts a bit. possibly im not doing it right? I will have to find out if I am. thanks for the help.
Maybe get your timing and flow down by practicing on smaller jumps; graduate to the larger ones when you feel it...

Regarding all the 'springiness' of your joints/muscles and the rolling behavior Kiteman describes that dampens kinetic energy--a 10 ft fall generates a lot more kiloNewtons than you might expect. A 0.6 meter fall (2ft) is more than enough to break bones, if you land statically (without the give.)

And an awkward fall can accelerate parts of your body (your head, for instance) into the ground (think of a figure skater increasing rotation by drawing her arms closer.) Ever seen those MTV programs about 'cool' inline and skateboard injuries?

Sorry to get all parental on your a**.
Pat Sowers (author)  gmoon6 years ago
dont worry about it.ked for help and you are helping me. i can do a lot of the stuff in parkour but the jumps are harder for me. thanks for the help.
You Definitely need to work on rolls, if you roll correctly, a 10 ft landing shouldn't be very painful. Try lower drops to practice rolls and move up gradually. Also, try not jumping, because that adds extra height, so just run off and fall, try not to add to the distance downward.
Pat Sowers (author)  Tomton6 years ago
i will. i can do it all but i am having a hard time with the falls. i can do some cool tricks that all flow together and it looks awsome! i just never worked on this yet.
I learned to roll in the gymnastics area at my school from 3 foot falls. Then started teaching myself on higher falls at playgrounds (So I was landing on grass and woodchips instead of cement) then moved back down to low falls on harder ground then higher and higher until where I am at the moment (about 9 ft on cement) A gymnastics area is a WONDERFUL place to learn new techniques, if your school has one, look into going there after school or joining the team.
Pat Sowers (author)  Tomton6 years ago
ok thanks.