It has gotten so prevalent that Hollister has dedicated an officer for the prevention of this dangerous practice. Parkour, a daredevil type of expression where building structures are used as obstacle courses , is quickly becoming the latest thing to do for teens looking for that adrenaline rush.http://www.ksbw.com/video/28983334/detail.html
Jumping from rooftop to rooftop while doing flips or twists in the air is the latest rage video that can be seen on YouTube where these thrill seekers posts various evidences of their dangerous exploits for self edification. Using the façade of buildings to vault, bounce or jump can also be viewed.
The videos posted can be breath taking, however the danger these parkour tricksters exposed themselves to are minimized way to much. The danger of copycats trying to duplicate these stunts have the high probability of leading to tragedy. Many of the high profile parkourers are accomplished from years of study and practice. A novice jumping from building to building will probably have a serious injury if not death.
Graffiti arrows promote those seeking to duplicate these tricks or to declare proof and location that the trick was accomplished. Downtown business owners in Hollister and police are concerned that the ongoing practice of “parkour” will eventually lead to someone suffering a serious injury or worse.
“Parkour” originated in France and is a precursor to “free running”, another discipline that uses the environment as an expression of the beauty of movement. Parkour is more event driven where the participant jumps from building to building, repels walls and uses a variety of vaults and jumps without any tools or safety equipment. The philosophy of parkour is to quickly access areas that would otherwise be inaccessible, plus the ability to escape a persuer.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parkour
The natural dangers to this are obvious, and one young 15-year old teen in Sacramento paid the price of losing his life when he failed to negotiate a parkour trick and fell to his death off an 8-story parking garage.
Teens see themselves as indestructible in certain venues and the parkour avenue is another potential for alarm. Many have been injured or killed trying to copy something that was seen on an Internet video.
Wisdom and common sense are needed, unfortunately teens living in the moment will not utilize these important commodities frequently enough if they conflict with their “on the edge” spirits. Boredom, lack of supervision and thrill seeking will typically win out in far too many instances.
All there is to do is educate our teens and pray that they never can go faster or jump farther than their guardian angels can protect them.