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Gymnastics is a sport that’s known for events and disciplines that require demanding and strenuous physical strength, flexibility and agility. It can place significant strain on various body parts and suscept the body to serious injury. From proper nutrition and diet to injury prevention and treatment, gymnasts need to follow regimented guidelines to ensure their health and safety. The following tips can help parents and coaches protect their athletes from serious injury and educate young gymnasts on how to minimize the risk of injury. 

  1. Clear Communication:

Many accidents happen as a result of inadequate muscle strength, lack of skill and improper execution of tricks. Coaches and gymnasts need to clearly communicate about what is expected of the young athlete and if they’re physically and mentally prepared to perform certain moves.

  • A coach must properly and efficiently teach the gymnast how to perform gymnastic moves.
  • Tricks shouldn’t be executed if the gymnast is apprehensive.
  • The gymnast needs to learn how to be attuned to her body as each move is being executed.
  1. Proper Gymnastics Equipment:

Having the right gymnastics equipment, including training apparatuses and gear, creates a safe environment for gymnasts and routines of any level. Supply your gym with the highest quality equipment in the industry such as a suede balance beam, tumbling trampoline, mini bar and various types of protective gear such as gymnastic grips. Comfortable and secure gymnastics grips for bars are important for performing on uneven bars. Properly fitted gymnastics grips protect gymnasts’ hands from rips and prevent a gymnast from slipping off of the bar. We offer name-brand athletic tape, wrist supports and gymnastic grips for bars.

  1. Healthy Diet:   

To stay competitive and prevent weight gain, gymnasts have a reputation for developing eating disorders. Aesthetic presentation and a graceful form can improve a gymnast’s score, which can ultimately lead to an unhealthy obsession with food and body image. Anorexia nervosa, bulimia and other food disorders can be seriously detrimental to a young athlete. Gymnasts need to maintain a balanced diet and take in sufficient calories for their health and optimal performance. As a coach, make sure your athletes consume enough protein, fats and carbohydrates and abstain from a poor body image.

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