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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.

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Movement / Amazing stair slide movement: How does he do it?
« on: March 29, 2011, 05:47:52 AM »
One hell of an entrance:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mtIxB1915oI&feature=feedwll&list=WL

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

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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)

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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?

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Injuries - Discussion / Bone Spur Injuries: Good vs. Flawed Treatments
« on: February 22, 2010, 06:12:19 PM »
About a month ago I woke up 100% perfectly healthy, then by the time I got to work, I couldn't walk without limping.  It felt like a typical big toe sprain, which is no big deal, but when it didn't get better after a week, I started making doctor's appointments.

Friday, an orthopedist told me it is Hallux Limitus.  Without going into the details, its a bone spur problem where a past toe stub or overuse makes the bone build up around the joint and cause pain, swelling, numbness, stiffness, and other problems.

Right now, it's an annoyance.  Because I started R.I.C.E the first day, my injury is only grade 1, and my toe is getting a little better every day.  But freerunning will probably send it to grade 2, 3 and 4.  Unlike my previous knee problem which was obviously self-healing, this bone spur will likely worsen from its own symptoms until it reaches grade 4 or some surgical fix is done.  I've heard of exceptions, but I'm planning for worse cases...er...just in case.   :P

Since Friday, I did some googling and ran into problem #2.  A lot of people who had surgery done to fix this reported more pain after the surgery than before.  From there, I decided the better move would be to focus on pro athletes who had good outcomes (enough to resume their careers) and what they had done differently.


To sum it, I'll probably have a big decision coming up this spring.  I can either (1) roll the dice with surgery, which can mean anything from full recovery to worsened pain, (2) do nothing and stick with 1/6th my mobility, or (3) find some 3rd option I don't know about.  Personally, I think I'm too damn young to be dealing with this crap, so I'm leaning toward surgery.  So here's where I need your help...

Questions
- Do you know anyone who's had bone spur problems?  (Especially on a toe or foot)
- Did the problem heal without surgery?
- Did this person have surgery?
- What kind of surgery was done?  (Name of procedure, or what was done)
- Did surgery make it better or worse?
- Bonus points if this person is you.
- Anything else to add?

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Injury Reports / Worn Menisci (Cartillage Shortage)
« on: December 23, 2009, 11:46:54 PM »
Sometimes, you're just your own worst enemy.  Unless you heed the warnings...

Date of Injury: May 15th, 2006
Time of injury:  10:00hrs
Your DOB and age: 23 (at time of injury)
City, State: Richardson, TX
# years practicing Parkour / Freerunning: 0
Hours of training per week.: 16
Other exercise / fitness experience: Endurance running (10k's & 5k's)
Location where injury occurred:   Grass lawn & railing at UT Dallas campus
Conditions of location: Fair & mild
What you were doing / trying to do when injury occurred?:  Trying some first-time monkey vaults
Where any other people involved?: No
Part of body  - description of injury, rating of severity 1-10.:  Worn cartilage (menisci) of both knees, severity (5)
Did you see a doctor for diagnosis?: yes
Did you get X-rays or MRI's?: X-ray and MRI
Picture of the injury:  I wish :P
Could you / how could you have avoided the injury?:  Could have quit jumping around so darn much!
Date / type / severity of your last injury?: June 1st, 2007, severity (2)
Notes on the experience?: Wore out the cartilage in both knees trying to progress too quickly.  Also tried long PK combos and drops before quad muscles were developed for the activity.  Within 18 hrs, pain went from typical "workout soreness" to feeling like both knees were bruised raw from the insides.  Pain diminished on 3rd day to a sensation of something being stuck inside the knees (ranging from a piece of hair, to thorns).  Resumed some outdoor jogging after a month, but not anything involving jumping.  X-Rays revealed inflammation of both knees, but MRI didn't show a large loss of cartilage.  Underwent a knee-draining procedure to remove excess fluid, then a cortisone injection.  Results felt in 4 days.  Knee discomfort gradually got less frequent until 1 year after the injury.  Felt some soreness after workouts, but nothing "inside" the knee.  Made full recovery 1 year, 3 months after injury.

Overall, this was mostly a nuisance injury--save for the first few days where I thought my legs would fall off at the knee.  It's not very debilitating like an ankle sprain, but it's a constant nagging pain that really reduces your confidence in the joint.  The full recovery time could have been reduced to maybe 6-8 months if I'd actually taken the "R" in "RICE" more seriously.  Exploratory arthroscopic knee surgery was an option.  And strangely, years of distance running were no barrier for this injury.

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