Friday, February 5, 2016

New Member Rules/Safety Orientation


All activities are "Challenge by Choice."  You are not required to participate in any activity. Everything is completely voluntary.  Please communicate with your Trainer if you are not comfortable with a movement or activity.  We are happy to provide additional progressions, or simply allow you the space to observe until you feel you are ready.  In the event you sustain any type of injury, we will assist you, and call for help if necessary.  The following information is for your reference.  Our injury rate is extremely low, and we track all incidents carefully.  Bumps, bruises, and ripped calluses are the most common injuries.  Rolled or sprained ankles are the most common soft tissue injuries.  We rarely have broken bones, but the most common breaks we have documented is wrist related fractures.  The most common hospitalization/serious injury is concussions.  For every 10,000 people that enter our facility, we have approximately 4 hospitalizations.    

All of our staff are First Aid/CPR trained, and we have a certification every year at our facility for our staff, and for the community.  Stay on the look out for our annual certification events.

Our first aid kit is stocked up each month with athletic tape, butterfly bandages, gauze, bandages, rubbing alcohol, neosporin, hydrogen peroxide (although it is not our policy to administer cleaning and pain relief, we simply provide it to the client, or parents/guardian of client to administer.  The same goes for allergies and allergic reactions.  We are happy to assist, but the client must initiate, as well as self-administer ointments (topical), oral, or injections.

Open Wounds (Ripped Calluses/Blisters/Knuckle Tears): In the event an open wound occurs, such as broken blisters, ripped calluses, or knuckle tears, we recommend washing the wound with water in the bathroom.  Apply bandages and/or tape and antibiotic ointment if necessary, which we provide at the front desk.  We will not apply ointment (this needs to be self administered), but we are happy to help wrap or tape wounds.

Open Wounds (involving blood Cuts/Gashes/Scratches, biohazards):  In the event a laceration occurs, such as a cut or gash, we take immediate action to have the wound washed and covered.  All cleaning supplies that are used to clean blood, urine, or feces, must be disposed of and enclosed into a plastic bag and moved out of the facility in a biohazard bag.  We do not allow bloody towels, or bloody anything be left in an uncovered trash bin. It must be enclosed and sealed and disposed of outside of the gym.  If this event occurs, we ask that front desk be notified immediately so that we can take care of the matter.  We have quarterly training meetings to get our staff up to speed on these protocols.

Broken Bones:  If you suspect a broken or fractured bone (usually you will feel a cold chill run through your body), please do not try to stand up or put weight on the injured portion of your body.  A Trainer will ask that everyone clear the area surrounding the person injured, and come up with a plan with you, to safely move to an undisturbed area.  Covering yourself with a sweatshirt, blanket, or jacket is important to prevent you from going into shock.  Even if the temperature is hot, it's a likely occurrence to feel cold if you have broken a bone.

Concussions:  Concussions can be serious.  If you have hit your head and feel nauseous, sick, or generally out of touch/confused, then you may have a concussion.  Do not continue activity under any circumstances.  Do not chalk it off as a minor "brain freeze" and continue.  Understand that you just hit your head, and may not be thinking straight.  It's important to seek and ACCEPT help if you have sustained a head injury of any kind.    

We are not medical practitioners and we do not publish or provide care instructions.  We can provide our care tips from personal experience, but please do not, at any time, take our advice and replace it with that of a medical professional.  As agreed to on our signed waiver if your emergency contact is not present, we will call them and arrange to have them pick you up.  If the injury is serious and requires immediate medical attention, with your permission we will call 911.  If you cannot communicate, we will call 911.


Besides daily cleaning, we are always closed the 5th week of the month (5th week closure dates).  For example, if there are 5 Tuesday's in a month, we are always closed on the 5th Tuesday.  We close on the 5th week to ensure all members receive the same amount of classes within a given month, and we also take the time to do an obstacle and rigging inspection, conduct builds/repairs if needed, and to orchestrate a deep cleaning of the Academy.  We use medical grade rubbing alcohol, hydrogen peroxide, bleach, and several other cleaners for our equipment.  We use a fine mist medical grade spray for all soft surfaces.

For Martial Arts Equipment, all loaner gloves and headgear are sprayed with medical grade rubbing alcohol after each use.


Our Aerial Rigs are installed, and inspected by a Certified Cal-Osha Rigger.  We conduct inspections by a designated qualified and/or competent rigger on a daily and monthly basis.  

Risk Assessment Questionnaire & Assessment

Are you wondering if The PPAC is the right fit for YOU?  We know our tribe is unique, and sometimes it can be a challenge finding kindred souls.  Our community is welcoming and warm to all who wish to train, learn and grow with integrity, in the spirit of friendship.  For the most part, we attract GREAT people, but once in awhile, through usually a painful process, there is a realization that there are some relationships that are not meant to be.

One of the traits of our ideal client is someone who can assess risk effectively.  The ideal client adds tremendous value to our community, and we want to be around great people, with great energy, a chill relaxed vibe, but also people who are watchful, observant, and have a great sense of accountability.  Ultimately, we want The PPAC to be a safe place where you can grow and progress with integrity.  But in order for that to happen, you have to have a good balance of common sense, a spirit of adventure (with a calculative approach on risk), and an attitude of gratitude.

Take the Quiz and see how Effectively you Assess Risk!

1) When you are playing a game of tag do you...

A) Do everything it takes to win, even if you die trying?
B) Do your best, while being respectful to the rules of the game, yourself, others, and the environment?
C) Hit, kick, and shove anything and everyone that is in your way - because victory is all that matters?
D) Do nothing, because you will fail no matter what you do?

2) If you were to find yourself on a narrow beam 15' in the air do you...

A) Jump up and down, and dance because accidents will never happen to you?
B) Focus intently and be alert to your position and surroundings, and already have a plan of how you will get down safely? As well as call for help if needed?
C) Decide to flip off the beam because you know you got this? And then rally everyone else around you, regardless of their skill level to do the same?
D) Roll up into a ball and cry quietly because there is nothing else you can do?

3) On your first day of training Parkour, you see someone flip over a concrete wall, do you...

A) Decide flipping over a concrete wall looks SUPER easy and try it immediately?
B) Decide taking classes regularly is a good idea, so you can develop a strong foundational movement knowledge by working through progressions and basic skills which will help you achieve more complex movements?
C) Tell the person that flipped over the wall they need to work on their technique because you can do it way better than them?
D) Stop doing Parkour altogether because it's not fair?

4) On your second day of training Parkour, you watch a YouTube video of someone jumping off a roof and rolling out of it. Do you...

A) Hunt down a rooftop similar to it and do the same thing?
B) Decide jumping off rooftops may be dangerous and illegal. But learning how to safely climb, jump, and roll out from a variety of heights and platforms could be a life saving skill, and therefore needs training?
C) Start making fun of people who don't jump off of rooftops?  Because rooftop jumping is an essential skill?
D) Stop doing Parkour because people are dumb.

5) On your first day of class you decide to wear...

A) Jeans and flip flops?
B) Workout attire?
C) Whatever you want because it's all about you?
D) Nothing? Because clothes are for zoo humans?


If you chose mostly (A) you may need to take a moment and consider that life is fragile.  You may pride yourself in your fearless nature, but there is a big difference between fearlessness and recklessness.  Having a willingness to try anything, can be a quality. But you do not need to try everything NOW in this moment. You would fare well by exercising patience, and taking a more thoughtful and calculative approach to your training.

If you chose mostly (B) you demonstrate an excellent balance to risk aversion and the proper mindset to training sustainably.  You would fare well by setting measureable goals that will challenge and excite you. You are an ideal client, and have the ability to reach your gladdest potential.  

If you chose mostly (C) you will have a difficult time fitting in with our community, and you could also be a force for driving people away from our fold.  Social pressuring is dangerous, and can get you or someone else killed.  If you find yourself in this school of thought - you will need to change it immediately.

If you chose mostly (D) you will have a hard time progressing.  Your mindset will hold you back in everything, and it is imperative you meet with a coach and work first on getting yourself in the proper mental state to train effectively. 

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