Important Gymnast Safety Advice for All Levels

Use the proper mating!

Gymnastics depends so much on mats. Falls are cushioned, and the impact on joints like the ankles and knees is reduced. Gymnasts would have to land on hard surfaces without mats, which would be far riskier. Make sure you are over a mat or gymnastics carpet whenever you practice any gymnastics skill.

Always have a teacher on hand!

When you practice gymnastics, coaches and instructors are there to keep you safe, not merely to give you advice on your form and technique. Coaches keep an eye out to ensure you are practising skills correctly even when they are not directly spotting you.

Never practice a new skill unsupervised!

Coaches may let you know when it’s time to work on a new skill or make an existing one harder, in addition to ensuring that you practice the abilities you know safely. Never practice a new skill on your own without your coach’s approval. You risk injuring yourself or other people if you try to perform a skill you are not yet competent enough to achieve. Of course, one of the best ways to develop your gymnastics skills is to try new things, but only after getting your coach’s approval.

Avoid pacing the gym!

Undoubtedly, running is necessary for many gymnastics moves, particularly tumbling and vaulting. Running around the gym (from event to event, for example) when you’re not doing it for a skill or because your coach advised you to can put you and your buddies in danger. The gym has challenges, including mats, walls, and bar supports. It is simple to run into someone who is going to perform a talent, trigger a collision, or trip over objects if you are not paying enough attention. Fortunately, these are incredibly avoidable problems that we may avoid by moving securely from one gym area to another.

Be cautious with other gymnasts!

Keep your eyes alert and pay attention to your surroundings in the gym. In the gym, people are everywhere, and occasionally even the most watchful among us can stroll by without seeing someone about to fall. Being in charge of your awareness is the best defence against this. Always act as if other people aren’t paying attention to you so that you are always aware of them. This prevents all kinds of collisions and accidents!

Pay attention to your coaches!

Coaches have already been addressed twice, but it is imperative to emphasize that one of the most crucial aspects of your gymnastics education is paying attention to your coaches. Your coaches are masters in safe technique and are constantly thinking about the safety of their athletes. It’s to prevent you from unintentionally leaping on someone. They tell you not to jump up and down. If they ask you to speak quietly or not at all, it’s so they can pay closer attention to what’s going on around them and you. They may instruct you to tuck your head in to prevent placing all your weight on your head.

Keep your head down!

Speaking of tucking your head in, this is a crucial safety precaution! Gymnastics requires a lot of upside-down movement, but if you support all of your weight on your head, your neck will be under too much strain, and neck injuries are serious. It is crucial to ask a coach for assistance, even if it’s just a small bridge where you can’t quite push your head off the floor. Your neck may get suddenly sore from that slight pressure, which is uncomfortable and, at worst, may result in long-term injury. Always ensure your hands bear most of your weight, whether performing bridges, handstands, or even headstands.

Warm up before stretching and stretch before practice!

Many people consider this a trivial point, especially considering that young kids are frequently so active that they can jump in and perform a cartwheel or a backbend like it’s nothing, but warming up and stretching is crucial before practice. Without a sufficient warm-up, the muscles may be too stiff even to try, making it challenging to accomplish specific skills and increasing the risk of strains or pulls. Introductions help us stretch as effectively as possible to do our skills without injuring our muscles and get our blood flowing!

Inform your coach if anything hurts!

Ignoring an injury is one of the simplest ways to make it worse and transform it into a catastrophic one. Even if something only slightly hurts, you shouldn’t disregard it. Something that aches “only a bit,” like an ankle, is probably in a weakened condition. Without realizing it, you could place too much weight on the opposite side and hurt that ankle if you favour one ankle. Alternately, you could land something like you typically would, but your ankle, which is already fragile, would be unable to withstand the strain and suffer further damage. Although this is true for all pain or discomfort, I use ankles as an example because it is especially true for them (a previously injured ankle is far more likely to end up sprained in the future). While your coach will usually urge you to work through a minor injury that hurts, sometimes it may call for further care or rest. Always notify your coach to remain safe.

A wonderful time!

Although having a positive outlook is essential to safe gymnastics, this guideline may sound odd for a safety post. You probably won’t devote all of your efforts to talent if you’re depressed or sad, which could lead to a tumble. While it is impossible to expect you always to be cheerful, it is crucial to attempt to focus all of your positive energy on your gymnastics practice. Your most important goals will be accomplished even more quickly if you are having fun since you will be more motivated to keep improving.