VIEW A VIDEO OF YOURSELF
Filming oneself is one of the most underused gymnastics safety measures. Until they are blue in the face, a coach can point out your weaknesses and the errors you are making. However, sometimes it doesn’t fully register until they show it to you on video.
Young gymnasts have a tough time evaluating their faults. Gymnasts advancing to a new level similarly struggle to accurately “see” themselves.
Consider using video assistance the next time you’re learning a new skill to reduce some of the danger.
CONSUME A LOT OF PROTEIN
Gymnastics is a demanding sport. Pressure to do well in competitions, train nonstop and maintain physical fitness. Some gymnasts eat improperly or insufficiently in their quest to preserve their slimness.
Your body becomes weaker if you don’t obtain enough nutrients. You are more vulnerable to harm as a result. Your body will mend more quickly and grow muscles to protect against injury with a diet substantial in protein.
GET SOME REST, EVEN IF YOU DON’T WANT TO
You feel like pushing. You desire success. You want to advance, pick up new abilities, and dominate in competition. However, if we don’t let them heal, little strains and imperceptible hairline fractures that we can’t even feel might cause more severe wounds.
One of the most underappreciated workouts for developing strength is resting. It is also among the most crucial safety measures against injury.
You should constantly put in your all-out effort, but keep in mind to pause and unwind when your body signals it’s time.
SEEK OUT CENTER STRENGTH
Gymnastics is hard on the wrists, as we all know. But with more strain on your back, maintaining adequate core strength is crucial to avoiding injuries.
Emphasize developing core strength. By doing so, you’ll be able to stabilize the back muscles that guard your vertebrae against stress fractures caused by sprains and strains.
GUARD YOUR HEAD
You shouldn’t ever lean entirely on your head. Although head and neck injuries in young gymnasts are uncommon, the long-term consequences of such an accident are not worth the risk.
Even essential bridges without support might be dangerous for your head. Constantly shift part of your body weight to your hands when you place importance on your head, as in a tripod headstand.
BUY THE RIGHT WRISTBAND GEAR
Injury is avoided by using wrist straps, guards, grips, and supports. They strengthen your hold on the apparatus (whether it is ringing, the high bar, parallel bars, or uneven bars) and also helps you perform better. Additionally, they stop skin ripping and blistering.
THE BEST ATHLETIC SHOES
Your toes, ankles, and the delicate bones in your feet can all be safeguarded by the proper footwear. The strengthened toe of vault shoes helps to lessen the impact and pressure of landing. You can also put on shoes with rubber soles to prevent slipping on the balance beam.
IF NEEDED, USE A SPORTING BELT
Your gym may offer the equipment to support sporting belts while learning new skills. These robust belts hook into wires attached to the ceiling for more complex moves and provide an additional safety measure.
DO NOT FORGET ABOUT THE OTHER GYM EQUIPMENT
No matter your age, you are responsible for ensuring your gym is set up safely. When something is wrong, coaches and parents should always speak out. But occasionally, you have a choice.
To avoid running into other gymnasts, ensure all apparatus equipment is set to separate from one another.
Mats should be used to cushion the floors.
As the mats can pose a slipping danger if damp or movable, ensure they are both dry and inert.
Make sure the pads were attached with velcro or non-slip lining.
EXERCISE UNDER SUPERVISION
A coach will take care of more than simply your safety throughout practice. Additionally, they can advise you on how to form your technique. Have your parent or a teammate at the very least watch you, especially if you’re learning a new ability.
Take your time with the therapy your coaches and physical therapists recommend if you sustain an injury. It won’t help you to return to the gym too soon. It won’t do anything but result in additional accidents and downtime. Nobody wants that.