Common gymnastics injuries can cause serious amounts of pain and emotional trauma, given the physically demanding nature of the sport.
The sheer artistry from the top gymnasts and the moves they are able to produce leave spectators shocked and in awe. Witnessing the jaw-dropping routines of these athletes, in training and competition will leave the best of people sitting on the edge of their seats.
Just like any athlete, gymnasts put their body through strain. Some of the positions they are able to contort themselves into simply have to be seen to be believed, so it’s no surprise that no gymnastics career is complete without one or two, to say the least injury scares.
What are the most common gymnastics injuries?
Gymnastics poses a bigger risk to the health of your body than other sports simply because of the number of potential hazards present in both the equipment used and the routines performed. Even if you take every necessary precaution, accidents can, and do, still happen. Here’s a brief rundown of the most common gymnastics injuries:
- Muscle strains: As mentioned above, some of the movements and body positions used during a gymnastics routine require extraordinary strength and flexibility. The high kicks, flips and dramatic spins on floor routines, for example, can only be done with muscles perfectly tuned to what’s required. The line between optimum movement and a muscular strain is an extremely slim one.
- Joint sprains and dislocations: Whether you’ve come down too hard on the parallel bars, slipped out of position on the pommel horse, misjudged a changeover on the rings or landing on the vault, you don’t have to do much wrong before the risk of a joint sprain or dislocation becomes apparent. Heavily-worked joints such as wrists, shoulders and knees are the most commonly dislocated joints in gymnastics.
- Broken bones: Broken bones are often caused by falling and landing in the wrong position. To minimise the chances of breaking bones in gymnastics you should always make sure you have a spotter or crash mat, to help minimise the impact.
Most common gymnastics injuries can be avoided by following a few basic safety measures, such as warming up thoroughly and only using the proper equipment the gym provides.
Making a gymnastics injury claim
If you are injured in a gymnastics accident because of negligence, such as defective equipment, then you may be due injury compensation. Call Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile.
Date Published: March 6, 2017
Author: Accident Advice