Injury severity rating details

Severity levels are set based on the impact to the student’s life and ability to continue training. Since you won’t always know this we’re proxying it through number of doctor/medical visits, length of time away from classes / healing time, and guidelines on typical severity for different injuries. For setting the severity first prioritize the number of hospital visits for the minimum severity and then look at heal time, if they missed classes (or left), and type of injury to move up the scale.

We understand that some people will go to an ER for what we consider a very minor injury or those who can’t or won’t go to the ER even for a major injury. Some people may even go into scary shock-like symptoms for light ankle sprains, yet be fine the next week. Through followups, we’ll attempt to learn how much of an impact the injury had on a person’s ability to continue parkour as well as how much medical attention they sought and adjust the rating as needed.

If an injury isn’t bad enough to take someone out of class we can optionally record it on the quicksheet attached to the first aid cabinet.

  • Splinters
  • Scrapes
  • Callous tears
  • Cuts due to sharp corners
  • Falls due to flimsy parts of equipment

Please always record if the injury was the result of some piece of equipment that could be improved or if you notice a safety concern with some equipment. This will help prioritize upcoming fixes and equipment design.

Level 1 injuries are injuries do not normally require doctor visits. Usually, students are moving under their own power without pain by the end of their class session, but cannot continue participating in class for that day (or are instructed by the coach not to).

  • Bruising
  • Very light sprains, impingements
  • Bloody noses
  • Light finger/toe jams
  • Light shinjuries
  • Abrasions
  • Harsh cramps
  • etc.

Non-trauma injuries like a student fainting, feeling light-headed, cramping badly, etc. can be classified as level 1 even if the paramedics were called or a hospital visit was made. In other words, if the incident was caused more by lack of food, water, or due to chronic illnesses like diabetes or asthma and doesn’t prevent the student from activity later that day or the next.

Level 2 injuries are injuries that required professional medical attention, but only 1 or 2 visits and/or could take a person away from training for up to a week.

  • Light ankle sprains / strains / rolls
  • Light wrist sprains
  • Bad bruising, soreness from impact
  • Bad finger/toe jams
  • Moderate shinjuries w bruising/cuts
  • Misc back/shoulder/knee pain (less than a week)

Level 3 injuries are injuries that require professional medical attention sustained over more than 2 visit (follow ups, referrals to specialists, physical therapy, etc.) and/or could take a person away from training for more than a week.

Included in level 3 injuries are any major injury to the face, hands, or genitals, as well as concussions (regardless of amount of medical attention).

  • Broken/fractured bones
  • Moderate to severe sprains
  • Dislocations
  • Nerve damage
  • Facial lacerations
  • Finger dislocations/breaks/etc
  • Groin injuries
  • Stitches

Level 4 injuries are injuries that require professional medical attention sustained over time (specialists, physical therapy, surgery, etc.) and/or could take a person away from training for three months or more.

  • Anything requiring surgery
  • ACL/MCL/achilles/rotator cuff tears, taking out a limb for months
  • Compound fractures, fracture+displacement depending on heal time
  • Broken clavicles

Level 4 injuries will likely require a second followup to asses heal time and differentiate from a level 3 injury.

Level 5 injuries are injuries that require immediate professional medical attention and are potentially life-threatening or crippling.

  • Heart attack
  • Deep puncture wounds to head or thorax
  • Amputation
  • Any injury that results in the student spending time in intensive or critical care units