The types of moves a gymnast performs are fascinating, but they can be dangerous. If not carried out properly, they can end up resulting in a serious accident claim, including slips, trips and falls. Here are 5 safety tips in gymnastics.
Always warm up
This is true for any sport but especially for gymnastics. If you don’t warm up beforehand that slip, trip or fall you have could cause more injury than if you had warmed up as your muscles will not be as supple.
If in doubt, ask for help
If you are unsure of a certain move and how to carry it out correctly always ask someone who does know. If you try without help you could be injured much worse than a simple slip, trip or fall injury.
Make sure your work out space is clean and dry to avoid a slip, trip or fall
This one is pretty self explanatory. If there are any spillages in your gymnastics area make sure you get it reported or clean it up before you start so you don’t get a nasty slip injury halfway through your routine.
Don’t try moves above your skill level without supervision
If you want to try out new moves which may be above what you can do, either wait until you are more experienced or get someone more experienced than you to supervise and advise you. If you try new moves and something goes wrong you could get a nasty fall injury or worse.
Don’t perform moves on faulty equipment
This probably seems like an obvious one but if any of the equipment you use is faulty or you suspect it to be faulty, it could cause a nasty slip, trip or fall claim whilst performing. If you think any of the equipment is faulty or perhaps has been compromised always report it to the management or to whoever maintains it and avoid using that piece to avoid any fall injuries.
But accidents, whether slips, trips or falls or any other type of accident claim can still happen even if you are careful. If you do get a bad slip injury or any type of accident and it wasn’t your fault, you may be able to make a claim. Speak to Accident Advice Helpline to find out more on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile.