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Parkour And Freerunning / Re: Leave No Trace Tracker
« on: June 05, 2011, 08:47:38 PM »
This was a really successful jam and we made a huge impact this weekend.  This area of town is a favorite not just for ourselves, but also for others who call it home.  The before/after comparison was very impressive.

Community: Minnesota Parkour (MNPK)
City: Minneapolis, MN
Date: Saturday, June 4th 2011
Location: Orchestra Hall, Nicollet Mall, and Hennepin Avenue Bridge
Write up: -coming soon?-
Attendees: 20
Bags of Trash: 25

MN Jams / Leave No Trace in the Twin Cities
« on: June 05, 2011, 08:15:46 PM »
I have a few pics and videos of Saturday's Leave no Trace meetup.  I anyone needs a couple, I can attach more pics here or upload the raw video to a server (I don't have any usable video editing software right now).  And special thanks to everyone who helped clean up the landscape!

Also (kind of wish I'd thought of it sooner), if anyone has a good group photo, I can attach that to my post at the Leave No Trace Tracker.

Movement / Amazing stair slide movement: How does he do it?
« on: March 29, 2011, 05:47:52 AM »
One hell of an entrance:

Smooth-soled shoes?  Slippery coating?  Divine intervention?  You be the judge.

Minnesota / Re: What's the best way to know what's going on in MPLS?
« on: February 11, 2011, 05:42:34 PM »
Oh yeah?  What about?....


Yeah, meetup works.

Minnesota / Re: are there any classes near minnetonka?
« on: July 30, 2010, 04:23:51 PM »
Hey, what's going on with the Gleason's Saturday sessions? 

Florida / Re: Florida Visitor Questions
« on: May 15, 2010, 02:59:04 PM »
Aw man, it looks like I'm out of time to get the Keys (that was one of the main areas I wanted to check out).  Next time I visit the area, I'll definately have to stick to one area so I can get to everything.  Or maybe arrive in Orlando and leave from Miami so I can workout more. 

Florida / Re: Parkour in Lake Wales
« on: May 14, 2010, 08:12:36 PM »
Yeah I totally did it today!   8)  It's just like they say!  Will have to put it on youtube.

Florida / Re: Florida Visitor Questions
« on: May 14, 2010, 08:08:43 PM »
If your in the Daytona Beach/Bunnell area, im in Palm Coast and willing to show you a few spots, plus i wouldnt mind searching for some new spots. (Im a beginner btw, so dont expect me to pull anything big if you do decide to come)
Oh man, sorry I couldn't get our there today.  I seriously underestimated what the traffic out of Titusville would be like after that launch.  It was an impressive sigh though!

I'm in Hollywood right now ready to go to the Freerunning academy open gym and Key West tomorrow.  (Will set my avatar to actual picture so you guys will know who to look for.)  I can get to the Wrenn St location around 5:40pm. 

Florida / Re: Florida Visitor Questions
« on: May 13, 2010, 04:33:06 PM »
I'm gonna be in Tennessee for a week, sorry I missed you.
No prob!  There were some delays getting here, so I didn't really get settled in until like 7:00 today.  Just watch out over there, they're talking about floods and stuff.

Florida / Re: Florida Visitor Questions
« on: May 13, 2010, 04:31:20 PM »
Hey! Sorry for the delay, we just got DSL set up here, so I've been incommunicado for a few days. I'll be in the Keys 'till Tuesday, but I'm not sure where the local spots are.

We're on Wrenn Street, MM 90 next to a community college, if that helps any.  :-\

Ah, cool!  Looks like that's about 90 minutes south of that Miami open gym I want to check out.  It goes on from 2pm to 4pm, but I can be in the Wreen Street area before or after that (preferably like around 5:30pm).

orlando here if you want to play on those days call 321-271-5319 my names andy
Looks like I'll be here in Orlando all of Friday until about 5pm.  I'll be in Titusville from noon to 2:30 for the shuttle launch.  Other than, just name the spot and I'll do what I can to be there.  512-517-0252

Florida / Re: Parkour in Lake Wales
« on: May 11, 2010, 07:52:53 PM »
Well, I don't know if I'll be there workout or anything, but I'm gonna roll my car up that hill Saturday.

Florida / Re: Florida Visitor Questions
« on: May 11, 2010, 07:51:09 PM »
Hey man,

I'll be in the Keys all week, let me know if you have some time free and we can find a place to jam. I'm visiting family down there, and I'll be flying in monday night.

Cool!  Just send me an address or directions and I can probably get there Friday night or Saturday morning.

I'm packin' my bags!  If there are any jams going on in the Orlando area Thursday or Friday, Miami area Friday or Saturday, Tampa area Saturday, or The Keys Saturday -- post and address for the jam and I'll try my best to be there.  Preferably stuff like:

  • Downtowns
  • Colleges
  • Gyms
  • Major parks / Beaches

I'll be there to video every once in a while to share with the Twin Cities Parkour group and hopefully jump in as long as my feet are up to the task (recently sprained something).  I'll post or edit in locations I can be at least 2 days in advance.

Florida / Re: Florida Visitor Questions
« on: May 07, 2010, 06:24:16 PM »
Alright!  I'm making some serious preparations for the Florida environment.  I cranked my heat up to mid-80's and I listened to Armada Latina like 20 times in a row.   ;D

I'll be in Orlando around 6pm Thursday unless something gets delayed.  Friday, I'll want to be in Titusville for the 2:20pm launch, but the day right before and after that is wide open.  I'm set up to be in Miami Friday night and most of Saturday.  I'd like to work with a good-sized group, so if we get some locations worked out, it would be cool to have people of all skill levels join in.


Florida / Re: Parkour in Lake Wales
« on: May 06, 2010, 09:30:34 PM »
Hey I've heard of that place.  That's where cars roll uphill isn't it?

Minnesota / Re: ALLO ALLO!
« on: May 04, 2010, 08:46:43 PM »
I can kind of relate there.  I'm somewhat new to the region, but MNPK is extremely active.  This time of year, there's an outdoor session just about every Sunday (by way of our group) and you'll probably be unpacked just in time for the Monsterous Minnesota Jam.

Yeah, I'm not sure how everyone's getting to the Midwest Jam.  I guess it depends on who all's going.

Florida / Re: Florida Visitor Questions
« on: May 04, 2010, 08:36:32 PM »
Okay, it looks like there's a lot of activity.  So far I'm booked to visit Florida from May 13th to 16th (thursday - sunday).  The basic itinerary looks like...

May 13th - Orlando
May 14th - Orlando -> Miami
May 15th - Miami -> ??? -> Orlando
May 16th - Orlando

From what I read on, I can probably catch their Primal Fitess open gym Friday or Saturday.  That leaves a lot of open time to catch up with other groups if there's stuff going on.  Are there any other meetups in those area going on next week?

Oh yeah, anyways I'm training right now with the Minnesota crew to get from the basics to intermediate stuff like flips and handsprings.  I'll probably want to film a couple sessions, and if anyone knows some good instructors and anyone who can spot a flip or two, that would really help out.

Florida / Florida Visitor Questions
« on: May 03, 2010, 06:18:12 PM »
I'm planning to visit Florida next week (Orlando, Miami, and maybe Tampa, Key West and others).  This summer I'm trying (as a 1st year beginner) to visit different freerunning communities and sort of document how they use their unique settings to train.  I was thoroughly impressed by vids of the Miami crew, and with a  planned shuttle launch and other stuff happening in the area, Florida was my 1st pick. 

Rather than hog the thread all to myself, wanna to leave this open-ended so other traceurs visiting the region can get a feel for how you guys do things other there.  8)

So I guess these are my first questions...
  • What organized groups are in Florida?
  • Are there weekly/monthly/annual jams on the weekend?
  • Any special events for summer 2010?
  • Which areas of Florida are most active in Parkour/Freerunning in general?
  • Do outdoor meetups tend to stay in one area, move from spot to spot, or move constantly?
  • Since weather's not guaranteed, are there open gyms?
  • Anything else I should know while I'm packing?

Parkour And Freerunning / Re: Flips are not Freerunning.
« on: April 16, 2010, 04:01:32 PM »
<-- Is wondering if his sarcasm was a little too subtle.

Parkour And Freerunning / Re: Flips are not Freerunning.
« on: April 16, 2010, 09:47:08 AM »
I have always classified free running as the use of parkour to impress an audience, maybe that should be changed to something like "showcour" for impressing an audience.

Exactly!  Every traceur should know real parkour has no room for showmanship.  That's why Belle has films about it.

WEEK 11:

Okay, I'm about ready to call this case closed.  I've done maybe 5 or 6 Parkour workouts since week 9 and I'm at the point where I can do Parkour just as well as I could before the injury.  I might go in for a follow-up xray or a bone scan at the end of the summer, but at the time I have no plans to have surgery unless there's a relapse.

Below is a summary of notes I took on the injury.  Note that I'm not a health professional by any means.  This information is just meant to relay to you what I heard from forums, search engines, doctor's visits, email, and databases like PubMed and EBSCO.  If anyone's interested, I can edit in some citations or something, but it's probably best for you not to take this as some kind of serious reference.  Seriously.  :P

If I had to guess, I think this injury had 5 causes.
  • Uphill/ice training.  I had been doing this 5-6 days prior.  The steep upslope and icy hills may have flexed my metatarso-phalangeal (MTP) toe joint more than natural.
  • Used gel heel inserts at work that would frequently slip out of position. The day it happened, I was in a hury going to work and never corrected them.  Actually the insert felt close to my mid-foot.  This happened while the pain started
  • Shoes had a narrow toe box.  That's a risk factor for Hallux Limitus (stiff toe), Hallux Valgus (bunions) and other foot ailments.
  • Pronating feet and progressive flat foot (Pes Planus).  Both are risk factors for stiff toe, and the jumpers knee I had a few years back.

My Advice if you get stiff toe:
  • RICE Immediately.  Within the first hour if you can.  Controlling the swelling will help you avoid complications like neuromas--which require their set of treatments.  Also, when the MTP swells, the IP joint (the next joint down your toe) has to do all the flexing the MTP joint can't...and that can ruin your day.
  • Taping might make it worse.  I tried taping it like I would for turf toe (MTP sprains) and it just made things worse.  :P
  • See a primary care doctor/ortho.  You will probably receive a foot palpation, xray, and (possibly) a gout test in that order.
  • Show your shoes to your orthopedist.
  • Your toe won't like driving.  The pedal vibrations agitate it something awful
  • Keep your other joints active as long as it doesn't cause pain.

Left untreated, it can lead to:
  • Calluses(I treated it and still got calluses.  They're back to normal now)
  • Additional joint pain (Namely the ankle, knee, hip, and back.  They will all try to compensate for your injury)
  • Morton's Neuroma
  • A bone spur (causes symptoms to worsen and require more invasive treatments)
  • Hallux Ridgidus (complete toe stiffness)
  • Having a bad time

Surgical Corrections
  • Cheilectomy - For mild (grade 1-2) cases.  Any rough osteophytes and bone spurs are "shaved" off the joint.  Most people I talked to had positive feedback about it, and it seem to be the least invasive.
  • Decompression - I didn't get much data on this.  But like cheilectomy, it sounds reserved for mild cases.
  • Osteotomy - For moderate cases (may also include a cheilectomy).  If I understand it correctly, part of the proximal phalanx is cut away in a "wedge" shape to angle the toe and relieve pressure.  I received a lot of mixed feedback about this one.  ...Namely about continued pain, something called "off-loading," and fact that metal implants disqualify you from future MRIs.
    • Ludloff osteotomy - The toe is secured with 3.5mm screws.
    • Chevron osteotomy - The toe is secured with locking plates
    • Kessel-Bonney Osteotomy - One study mentioned it was used when cheilectomy was ineffective.
    • Moberg Osteotomy - Apparently used for bunions too.
  • Joint Replacement - I guess this is for severe cases.
  • Joint Fusion - For severe cases.  The first metatarsal and proximal phlanax are joined, making the toe permanently stiff, yet pain-free.  Contrary to what I expected, people I talked to had positive feedback.

Surgery Recovery Times
There was a lot of variation between stories.  The average age for this injury was 55, so I had a hard time getting stories from people in their 20's and even the cadaveric studies stopped at the early 30's.  Overall, the recovery times ranged from about 2 months to 6 months. 

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