I have been picking apart forums and communities to attempt to find what subjects I have yet to cover (aside from basic tutorials which I mean to work on once I can afford a quality camera), and found nothing worth note. Thus I turned and looked instead to my own training and community to find what readers and aspiring traceurs should note; and I was surprised.

Very few traceurs in my area perform spot checks, insisting instead to go right ahead and begin training. While no injury has resulted of yet, I know there are dangers and possibility of injury lurking at each area we visit to train at that we should be checking for.

Spot checks are very simple: you check the area that you are training in to ensure such things as safe foundations and sturdy supports, broken glass or other sharp objects that could cause injury, nature of the grip and texture of the ground and obstacles, all simple little things that take sparse moments to check but that traceurs are ignoring.

In real life situations where you are using parkour to escape or stay safe, obviously you will not have the oppertunity to check the areas you will plunder through; however, we are simply training and there is no need to avoid making ourselves and our surroundings as safe as possible.

Some things I like to check for are:

  1. Broken glass and other objects that may injure you if you fall wrong or grab the top of a wall (even pebbles can leave a traceur injured in some circumstances). Simply sweep these objects away with care, out of the way of your training.
  2. Foundations: are the walls cracked or the ledges showing signs of disitegration (ie has debree obviously fallen off?)? Check also any railings you may try to vault: are they firmly rooted in the ground?
  3. Structures: are they slippery or are the ledge's edges sharp enough to cut a hand? Has there been any rainfall or dew on the objects that could make them slippery or elsewise unsafe?

This simple check takes virtually no time and can save you a great deal of time and health down the road. Once you identify any dangers in the area you can clear them out or remember to ignore them later, rather than have a ledge crumble, glass cut your hand open during a climb or cat grab, or slip off of a rail on a precision.

Safety is always key.

1 comments and questions

  1. Anonymous // 11/6/09 15:35  

    Yeah man it seems ilke a lot of work but my firend got an infected cut because he didnt look where he was training and so its totally worth it.

    -Cayla