Parkour injuries presenting to United States emergency departments, 2009-2015

Am J Emerg Med. 2017 Oct;35(10):1503-1505. doi: 10.1016/j.ajem.2017.04.040. Epub 2017 Apr 18.


Background: Few studies have examined injuries resulting from practicing parkour. The current study provides details on more parkour-related emergency department visits than existed in the combined research literature.

Methods: Cross-sectional data from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission's National Electronic Injury Surveillance System were used to examine parkour-related injuries presenting to U.S. emergency departments over a seven year period.

Results: Most parkour injuries were reportedly caused by landing or from striking objects. Common diagnoses included fractures, sprains/strains, abrasions/contusions, and lacerations. More than half of reported injuries (57.7%) affected the patients' extremities. In this data, there appears to be a trend of increasing parkour injuries over time. Patients as young as 8years old have presented to emergency departments with parkour-related injuries in recent years.

Conclusions: Given the relatively severe injuries obtained by youth participants, more research is needed to guide injury prevention efforts. Understanding the nature of parkour-related injuries may help inform prevention efforts. However, more systematic monitoring of participation in parkour and related injuries is needed.

Keywords: Injury; NEISS; Recreation; Traceur.

Publication types

  • Multicenter Study

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Age Distribution
  • Athletic Injuries / diagnosis
  • Athletic Injuries / epidemiology*
  • Child
  • Cross-Sectional Studies
  • Emergency Service, Hospital / statistics & numerical data*
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Humans
  • Incidence
  • Male
  • Population Surveillance*
  • Retrospective Studies
  • Sex Distribution
  • Trauma Severity Indices
  • United States / epidemiology
  • Young Adult