The very nature of artistic gymnastics exposes gymnasts to the risk of sustaining injuries both during training and at competitions. Here are some of the potential accidents in artistic gymnastics.
Potential accidents in artistic gymnastics
Gymnasts use their upper bodies as weight-bearing joints. Due to this, accidents in artistic gymnastics often include injuries to wrist, elbows and shoulders. Such injuries may include:
- Wrist sprains
- Elbow dislocations
- Lesions within the shoulder’s superior labrum anterior-posterior
Landing and dismounting accidents in artistic gymnastics may also cause injuries to the lower body. Typically affecting the ankles and knees, such injuries may consist of:
- Labral tears
- Achilles tendon injuries
- Anterior cruciate ligament injuries
- Lower back injuries
Lower back pain may also be caused by ligament sprains and/or muscular strains due to overstretching or arching backwards. Overuse can also lead to repetitive strain injuries to the:
- Wrists, elbows or shoulders
- Ankles, knees and back
Other artistic gymnastics accidents
Artistic gymnasts do not, however, only sustain injuries while performing their routines. They are also at risk of sustaining injuries by slipping, tripping or falling on pathways, in changing rooms or on car parks, for example.
Causes of slip, trip and fall injuries
Slips, trips and falls may be caused by:
- Potholes, damaged kerbs or wet leaves, litter, etc.
- Uneven or damaged flooring
- Poorly lit stairways
- Cluttered walkways or stairs
- Spills or otherwise wet flooring
Defective equipment (when using bars or trampolines, for instance) may also cause injuries by falling.
Consequences of gymnastics accidents
Some gymnastics injuries may be minor and heal within a few days of rest. Others may take weeks, even months to heal and could require expensive physiotherapy. In severe cases, a gymnastics injury could be severely debilitating and put an end to a gymnast’s career. A serious gymnastics-related accident could also have a serious psychological and emotional impact on a gymnast and necessitate gymnastics injury counselling.
Cost of gymnastics-related injuries
Physiotherapy and counselling for the psychological and emotional trauma of an accident while participating in gymnastics can add a tremendous financial strain to an already stressful situation.
Right to claim
If your injury was caused by someone else, you could be entitled to gymnastics injury compensation. Getting compensation can help with the cost of trying to recover from an accidental injury.
Accident Advice Helpline
Offering expert gymnastics accident advice, we can help you get the compensation due to you. Find out how today by calling our freephone helpline from your mobile phone or UK landline on 0333 500 0993 or 0800 689 0500.
Date Published: May 6, 2017
Author: Accident Advice