Feb 19, 2019
There’s nothing quite like the joy of your child’s first gymnastics meet, or the look on their face when they land a perfect routine after countless hours of practice. The sport requires balance, strength, agility, coordination, and endurance. Make sure to follow these gymnastics safety tips while practicing at home.
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Here’s a quick guide to gymnastics safety tips:
- Stay in Shape. This involves keeping a healthy diet and maintaining a healthy physical shape. Gymnastic maneuvers require strong muscles and excellent coordination.
- Stretch. Make sure to use slow, controlled stretches to improve range of motion. Get your blood flowing with jumping jacks and jogging in place. Always end with a cool down stretch.
- Never Practice Alone. Even the most responsible gymnast can get hurt. There should always be someone there in case things go wrong.
- Don’t Practice a New Skill at Home. This is especially important because when learning a new technique, it is important to have a qualified spotter until you have mastered it. Mastering a new skill means you do it right every time. Don’t ask a friend who has never spotted before. This being said, there are a few techniques that are generally safe to practice at home (as long as they are done with proper form): rolls, cartwheels, backbends, and handstands.
- Dress the Part. Unrestrictive clothing is a must when practicing gymnastics. The body moves in a way that jeans don’t allow.
- Don’t Overdo It. While it is important to practice, too much of it can lead to muscle fatigue, resulting in injuries.
In addition to practicing technique, make sure you don’t skip out on these tips:
- Strength Training: Gymnastics requires strength. Exercises like planks, pull-ups, and lunges will build muscle mass, helping you get the most out of your training
- Flexibility Training: Improving your range of motion by stretching will help to reduce the chance of injuries.
Like all sports, practice makes perfect. By following these gymnastics safety tips, you can practice a little safer!
Note: Children under the age of 7 should not perform backbends. The spine is not fully developed yet and it can result in serious injury due to the stress.
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