Gymnastics injuries can be both extremely painful and seriously debilitating. The sport has never been more popular. The success of the British team at the Olympics last year catapulted the sport into the national consciousness. Millions of youngsters have since taken up gymnastics in the hopes of being a medallist one day.
Whilst anything that gets people active and interested in healthy hobbies is positive, it’s important to remember that there are a number of inherent and potential risks to health with gymnastics. Knowing how to help prevent gymnastics injuries can go a long way to ensuring your safety when using gymnastics equipment.
How can I prevent gymnastics injuries?
Like all sporting activities, there are a few basic precautions to help limit the likelihood of accidents occurring and, if they do, the impact and severity of any injuries suffered during gymnastics.
- Warm up properly – Warming up thoroughly before gymnastics is just as important as stretching and going through various routines before other sports. In fact, it’s probably more important, given the impact and positions you are likely to inflict on your body during a gymnastics session. Failure to warm up properly can all too easily lead to common gymnastics injuries such as muscular strains and pulls or joint sprains
- Use proper equipment – Gymnastics requires the presence and use of proper equipment more than most other physical activities. From vaults, crash mats and springboards to rings, bars and suitable floors, the list of technical equipment needed for a safe gymnastics session is almost endless. Using the right equipment goes a long way to helping prevent gymnastics injuries. Certainly, you should never use any home-made structures or anything that wasn’t expressly designed for use within gymnastics.
- Know what you’re doing – Whilst it may be tempting to just throw yourself up onto the bars, or onto the nearest floor and see what you can do, it’s also a sure-fire way to hurt yourself. Coaches and experienced gymnasts will be able to help you prevent gymnastic injuries by imparting their knowledge and teaching you the best practices.
Claiming compensation for a sports injury
Remember, if you suffer a sporting injury because of faulty equipment or negligent coaching, you may be due injury compensation. Our experts are waiting at the end of the phone, call Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile.
Date Published: March 6, 2017
Author: Accident Advice