Parkour + Falls Prevention
About PK Silver
Parkour is Falls Prevention.
Parkour has a unique contribution to make in the realm of falls prevention. The need is more urgent than ever.
Currently there are over 30,000 fall-related deaths among individuals over the age of 65 every year, an astonishing increase of over 50% since just 2007. This is a shocking trend closely connected to the overall decline in movement, especially later in life.
As our ability to move decreases, so does our confidence. We begin to fear our environment. We become afraid to fall. Many “adjust” to this by limiting their world to their immediate surroundings, unwilling or unable to risk traversing the greater environment. This can accelerate the social isolation that strikes many later in life, leading to less movement, and so on.
PK Silver offers a way out of this cycle by re-framing falling not as a threatening event but a skill that can be learned. Our curriculum builds the agility and awareness to prepare for and mitigate falls during locomotion – when most occur. This foundation of safety and awareness opens up further creative, playful movement that can be enjoyed and shared with others.!
Parkour for older adults, fine, but parkour for seniors?!
It’s not crazy, and we have data to back it up! In 2018, Marymount University and Texas Tech University conducted ground-breaking joint research on the effect of modified parkour for elderly individuals adults using an 8-week PK Silver© program as its test case.
The results of that study put PK Silver© on track to become the world’s first evidence-based program for senior citizens based on parkour. The lead researcher was Dr. Alexei Wong and his team at the Marymount School of Health Sciences.
Special thanks to our licensee Goodwin House, a senior living community in Alexandria, VA, for participating in this study. To inquire about running a licensed PK Silver program, please check out our Workshops & Licenses page.
I’m 50+ and I want to play!
Ok! Choose a service – Online or In-Person – and follow the steps at the top of this page to register.
Check out PK Silver Online to learn about our suite of virtual parkour + falls prevention classes over Zoom.
Do you live in the Alexandria/Arlington area? We have an in-person class at 10am EST every Wednesday at 10am EST @ Fort Ward Park in Alexandria OR Monarca-In-Flight Aerials studio (we are outside when weather allows. We go indoors when it doesn’t). Contact Coach Alicia Cross for more information.