The Achilles tear is a devastating injury, and although it is not common in parkour at the moment, we may see this pattern accelerate due to factors such as a growing demographic of older practitioners and the Achilles put under more and more tension in complex positions as advanced practitioners push human limits. We’ve taken notice of this injury showing up worldwide and have created solutions for mitigating it in our own coaching practices and curriculum.
This paper is not only a chance to share our solutions, but also to further study the pattern through an initial survey of 16 cases. As future cases appear, we will continue to gather and analyze data in order to bring to light more understanding. Through extensive research, data collection, and many years of coaching experience, we have identified several of the contributors to this injury and offer solutions that can be applied as a practitioner, a coach, and a program manager. We believe that applying this knowledge on a large scale worldwide will mitigate the Achilles tear in parkour as the amount of practitioners rapidly grows. We’re also pleased to contribute to exercise science in general.