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Safety Tips For Young Gymnasts

It’s a parent’s instinct to worry the moment their little one shows interest in hitting the gymnastics mats. Like all athletic activities, gymnastics poses some risks for injury. However, those risks can be greatly reduced by taking safety measures in gymnastics — including practicing proper technique, maintaining strength and flexibility, using safe kid-friendly equipment and learning from experienced coaches.

The following are several helpful gymnastics safety tips to keep your young athlete safe and put your mind at ease as a gymnastics parent.

Protect the Hands, Wrists, Feet and Ankles

Young gymnasts, especially as they become more competitive, put themselves at risk for wrist and ankle strains, sprains and stress fractures. Thankfully, there is plenty of equipment available to keep your child’s wrists and ankles safe. Wrist straps, grips and guards can be used on the uneven bars, parallel bars, high bar and rings to prevent blisters, sprains, strains and other painful injuries.

Similarly, the proper footwear can help prevent injury when your gymnast is practicing the balance beam or vault. A gymnastics shoe with a reinforced toe helps take away much of the pressure of landing when performing vault maneuvers. Shoes with rubber soles can also prevent slipping (and often foot or ankle injury) when practicing the balance beam.

Maintain Strength and Flexibility

Professional gymnasts are some of the strongest and most flexible athletes in the world, but they didn’t get that way without practicing healthy lifestyles. It’s important for young gymnasts to maintain a healthy diet, stay fit and stretch often to remain less susceptible to common gymnastics injuries. Warming up and gently stretching the muscles and joints before practice is essential.

Understand Your Child’s Skill Level

It’s important for your child to have a qualified coach to teach proper technique and help your gymnast progress at a safe and productive rate. Speak with the coach often, and stay up to date on your child’s progression and skill level. When children attempt something beyond their skill level, they put themselves at a far higher risk of injury. Understanding that skill level will help you keep your child safe when practicing gymnastics at home and away from his or her coach’s supervision.

Use Proper Equipment

Using equipment specifically designed for young gymnasts will help your son or daughter improve his or her skills more efficiently and safely. For instance, every young gymnast should learn the balance beam by progressing from a line on the floor to a low beam — and eventually, to a raised beam. Gymnastics safety mats should always be placed under the equipment being used to provide softer and safer landings.

Nimble Sports is the Number 1 place to purchase safe, home-use gymnastics equipment that is specifically designed for young gymnasts. Contact our Nimble Sports team for help choosing the ideal setup for your little athlete. Or, browse our entire selection of gymnastics mats, beams, horizontal bars and combo packages to create the ultimate home gym today.

 

Sources

http://kidshealth.org/en/teens/safety-gymnastics.html

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