Landing is the technique used when landing from a fall. Landing properly is very important, as it greatly decreases the chance of injury. Learning the proper ways to land is one of the most important areas for practitioners to focus on.
Types of LandingEdit
The two types of landing utilized in Parkour for drops are the safety tap and the breakfall (usually the roll). Typically, the former is used for shorter drops whereas the latter is used for higher drops.
Important Aspects Edit
When landing, regardless of momentum, direction, or landing surface, it's important to always land on the balls of your feet. Keep in mind the different variables that come into play with landings, as different environments, speeds, directions, and heights all require a slightly different approach, but all still keep the same important aspects. Knowledge of physics and energy can come in handy as it dictates what landing to use, and when to use it.
Conditioning is extremely important part of landing, as strong muscles help absorb the impact. The two most important exercises for landing are the squat and the deadlift, as they strengthen the muscles used during the landing.
Flexibility is another very important, but often overlooked, aspect of landing. Good flexibility is very important as a lack of flexibility concentrates the force in specific areas. The most important muscles to stretch are those that are used the most, especially the calves, quadriceps, and hip flexors.
Tips and WarningsEdit
- Always land on the balls of the feet, never on the heels.
- Generally, try to land as silently as possible, as this means that force is being dissipated properly. The landing does not have to be completely soundless but a loud thump is not a good sign.
- Don't attempt drops that are beyond your level. This is one of the most common mistakes by beginners in parkour and can be very damaging to the joints.
- Practice all the different types of breakfalls so you will be prepared if you ever fall involuntarily.