Movement to Empower

Publications & Dissemination

Below is some literature that in part or whole relate to aspects of our approach and teaching style as well as some that challenge it allowing us to constantly check in with our methods to critically reflect on them. We are making these accessible to those of you who may be interested.

Next to no research has, to our knowledge, been published on direct links between Counselling Psychology and Parkour in and of its self, but due to many disciplines lending themselves to sharing concepts and theories, you may find that parallels can be drawn to inform our work as we have, at least until our own research and that of fellow professionals/practitioners with similar interests is completed and published.

Happy reading!


Atkinson. M (2009), Parkour: anarcho-environmentalism and Poisis. Journal of Sport and Social Issues.

Bardaxoglou,  N.  (1997).  Mental  strategies  used  after  the  life  line  inventory.  In Innovations  in  sport  psychology:  Linking  theory  and  practice.  Proceedings of  the ninth world congress on sport psychology, Part II(pp. 97-99).

Clegg.J (2011) , An Existential Phenomenological Examination of Parkour and Freerunning, SanHose Statue University, Masters Thesis Paper 4042

Cox. S (2012), Game of life, Sports and recreation alliance
Dalgard. O.S & Tambs. K (1997)The Urban Environment and Mental Health; a Longitudinal study.The British Journal of Psychiatry, 171:530-536

Denzin, N. K. (2005). Indians in the park. Qualitative research, 5(1), 9-33
Dunn A. L. , Exercise Treatment for Depression, American Journal of preventative medicine, Volume 28, Number 1, pg 7

Evans. E.W (2003), The Built Environment and Mental Health, Journal of Urban Health, Vol 80, Issue 4, pp536-555

Foucan. S (2008), Freerunning: Find Your Way, Michael O'Mara Books

Fox. K. R (1999), The Influence of Physical Activity on Mental Well-being. Public Health Nutrition, 2(3a), 411-418

Grabowski. D &Thomsen. S. D (2014), Parkour as a Health Promotion In Schools: A Qualitative Study Focusing on Aspects of Participation. International Journal Of Education, Vol 6 No 4.

Guite. H.F, Clark. C & Ackrill. G (2006). The Impact of the Physical and Urban Environment on Mental Welbeing. Public Health, Vol 120, issue 12: 1117-1126

Hall,  H.  K.,  Hill,  A.  P.,  &  Appleton,  P.  R.  (2012).Perfectionism:  A  foundation  for sporting excellence or an uneasy pathway toward purgatory?

Hill. N.R (2007), Wilderness Therapy as a treatment modality for at-risk Youth: A Primer for MentalHealth Counsellors. Journal of Mental Health Counselling,Vol 29, no 4.
Poole. R. Higgo. R & Robinson. C (2014), Mental Health and Poverty, Cambridge University Press.

Jackson, S. A. (1995). Factors influencing the occurrence of flow sate in elite athletes. Journal of Applied Sport Psychology, 7,138-166

Laurendeau,  J(2008).  “Gendered  Risk  Regimes”:  A  Theoretical  Consideration  of Edgework and Gender. Sociology of Sport Journal. 25,293-309

Lemyre,  P.  N.,  Hall,  H.  K.,  &  Roberts,  G.  C.  (2008).  A  social  cognitive  approach  to burnout  in  elite  athletes. Scandinavian  Journal  of  Medicine  &  Science  in  Sports, 18(2), 221-234.

Lonsdale,  C.,  Hodge,  K.,  &  Rose,  E.  (2009).  Athlete  burnout  in  elite  sport:  A  self-determination perspective. Journal of sports sciences, 27(8), 785-795.

Lyng, S. (1990)’Edgework: a social psychological analysis of voluntary risk taking’. American Journal of Sociology, 95: 887-921

Martens,  R.(1987). Coaches  guide  to  sport  psychology. Champaign,  IL:  Human kinetics.
Martin.  B.,&  Wagstaff.  M.  (2012) Controversial  Issues  in  Adventure  Programming. (Ch 11) pg 168 Human Kinetics

Maslach,  C.,  & Jackson,  S.  E.  (1981).  The  measurement  of  experienced  burnout. Journal of Organizational Behavior, 2(2), 99-113

Miller,W.  R.  &  C’Debaca,J.  (2001).Quantum  change: When epiphanies  and  sudden insights transform ordinary lives. NY: Guilford Presspp221

Park,  C.  L.,  &  Folkman,  S.  (1997a).  Meaning  in  the  context  of  stress  and  coping. Review of General Psychology,2,115–144

Schroth, M. L. (1995). A comparison of sensation seeking among different groups of athletes and nonathletes. Personality and Individual Differences, 18(2), 219–222

Saville,  S.  J.,  (2008)  Playing  with  fear:  parkour  and  the  mobility  of  emotion. Routledge : Taylor & Francis Group. Social and Cultural Geography 9(24) 891-914

Schultz,   P.W.   (2002).   Inclusion   with   nature:   the   psychology   of   human-nature relations.   In   P.Schmuck   &   P.W.   Schultz(Eds.),Psychology   of   Sustainable Development, pp. 61–78. Boston: Kluwer Academic

Taylor. J (2001) When Walls Are No Longer Barriers: Perception of Wall Height In Parkour. Perception, 40 (6) 757-760

Telles-Langdon, D. M. (2011). “A Descriptive Study Utilizing Grounded Theory: The Moral-Reasoning  Process  of  Coaches” University  of  Western  Ontario –Electronic Thesis and Dissertation Repository. 133

Wallace. M.B.P (2013) Determining the Social And Psychological Reasons For The Emergence Of Parkour And Free Running: An Interpretive Phenomenological Analysis, University of Salford.