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Minimizing Gymnastics Injuries

With all the stress your body goes through during gymnastics routines, you’re certainly prone to physical injuries.

Don’t Be Afraid to Bail Out

Be Careful When Trying Something New

Whether you’re attempting a new flip or movement, your body doesn’t have the muscle memory to give you the awareness when something isn’t going right. Build up to the trick by understanding the mechanics of the movements required, and understand how to properly bail out if you feel that something isn’t going right.

Stretching

Most importantly, stretching is vital to keep yourself healthy and injury free. Many tricks require intense flexibility, and operating on cold muscles and joints puts you at risk of tweaking something, or initiating an injury that will linger with you for an extended period of time.

Strength Training

When people run into below the knee issues like sprained ankles, it is typically because the muscles surrounding their ankles in their in their shins, calves and feet are not strong enough to support the demands of gymnastics training.

Don’t Goof Around

The majority of gymnastics related injuries in practice occur when gymnasts are not even practicing. Improper use of equipment or horseplay is often what leads to injuries. When you’re at practice be sure you’re there to practice, and always use gymnastics equipment properly.

Calf Conditioning for Gymnastics

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Exercising your calf and lower leg muscles is extremely important for maintaining gymnastics health and preventing injuries. The common ankle sprains and rolled ankle injuries, and many knee injuries can be attributed to not enough muscle training and strengthening of lower leg muscles – particularly in the calf. We’ve listed a few great exercises to strengthen those muscles that are best performed after a workout.

Strength

Heel to Toe Walking

Walk across a soft surface barefoot while balancing only on your heels. Feel free to walk on a straight path, or make it fun by maneuvering obstacles. and then for another minute, walk only on your toes. You can switch things up and target new muscles by pointing your heels or toes straight, inside or outside. If done correctly, you won’t need to do this exercise for longer than a minute.