Extreme sports practitioners who use Parkour Park, in Ponta da Praia, now have more safety to conduct their training. A rubber floor was installed under the nine snags installed on the waterfront promenade in front of the Fishing Museum.
The new floor mitigates the impact in the event of falls during parkour and also for those who exercise only on the bars between the pieces. The settlement, which occupies 85 square meters of the site, was evaluated last Saturday and the space was released to the public afterwards.
For the first time in Baixada Santista, which opened in December 2019, as part of the interventions in Nova Ponta da Praia, the parkour (Road, in French) was implemented by the regional municipality of Zona da Orla / Mediator, at a cost of R$17.5 thousand. According to technical advisor, Rodrigo Paixão, the new floor provides more calm and safety for “traceurs” (sports practitioners) to train acrobatics.
The sport aims to move from one point to another, in a graceful way, using only the strength of the body, without deviating from the obstacles of the urban landscape, be it walls, openings, vehicles or anything else. Parkour appeared in France in the 1980s with David Bell. The exercises use Olympic gymnastics and martial arts techniques.
Bell grew up in a family of firefighters, and drew inspiration from emergency rescue and escape techniques. Although it has one of the best impact cushioning techniques in sports, this practice does not accept hesitation, which causes errors and can be fatal. In parkour, mental preparation is just as important as physical preparation, according to tracking. The United Kingdom was the first country to recognize parkour as a sport.
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