It’s not just a way to test your strength and stamina, but it’s also an official sport. The official recognition of Parkour, which is a form urban acrobatics that originated in France, has made by the British sports councils. Practically, this means it can include in national education curricula and eligible for lottery funding. It also allows access to the same benefits as other major sports.
This is a major step forward in the development parkour. There are currently 35,000 traceurs (trainers) in the UK. There is no one typical traceur, participants can be from young children to people with Parkinson’s disease. And there are always new people joining the ranks.
Parkour has shown to have obvious benefits for physical health. However, research continues to show that it can also contribute to good mental health. Parkour is often practice in groups. This encourages people to interact with each other in constructive ways and offers an alternative to more destructive and dangerous group activities.
A Dangerous Sport Game
It is not the same for everyone: Some still view the sport as dangerous, unsocial, and sometimes even criminal. However, evidence suggests these fears may be unfound. Every sport has risks. In 2013, 15 people die from hill-walking injuries, while 113 were kill cycling. Every death is tragic and every precaution should taken to ensure that the activities are safe. However, there is no reason to believe that parkour is more risky than other sports.
Parkour’s core is its visceral, creative and intense connection to the environment. It’s the feeling of flesh in the city. The sport is not perform to break the law, but to get out of the everyday grind and to experience the city differently. It’s not surprising that traceurs will try to trespass in an urban environment where public space is being rapidly lost to private capital.
Parkour is not anti-social. It’s actually the exact opposite. It reaffirms people’s connection with the city, which is often lost in today’s urban chaos. Parkour is relatively unaffected by the competition and commodification. It encourages people working together, learning from each other, and reclaiming city as a common civic space.
Parkour is also the foundation of an expanding global online community. This activity is primarily practiced by young tech-savvy people who use social media to learn new moves, improve their skills and show their talent to the rest of their world. Parkour’s popularity is due to the ability to bring together their offline and online worlds.
Parkour’s two major strengths are innovation and creativity. Many online videos, Hollywood films, and computer games include the incredible physicality of parkour in their stories and imagery. Parkour is a leading sport activity that combines physical prowess with digital literacy and visual creativity.
All these reasons make parkour’s recognition in the UK by sports councils a welcome and important moment. It may make it more difficult for urban planners and local authorities to correct some of the negative actions against parkour. For example, Horsham council is planning to ban parkour from its town center. However, no parkour signs are becoming increasingly common throughout the country. Official recognition signals that such regressive policies must be stop.
Parkour is good for your mental and physical health. Parkour provides citizens with a means to resist increasing privatisation in cities all over the globe. It encourages creativity, connectivity, civic activity, and shows the amazing things that the human body can do. Parkour is a glimpse into the future of sport in many ways.