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How can gymnastics injuries be prevented?

 

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Many gymnastics injuries can be prevented by following proper training guidelines, using safety equipment, and incorporating the following tips:

  • Wear all required safety gear whenever competing or training — special equipment may include wrist guards, hand grips, footwear, ankle or elbow braces, and pads
  • Do not "play through the pain" — if you are hurt, see your doctor and follow instructions for treatment and recovery fully
  • Make sure first aid is available at all competitions and practices
  • Inspect equipment to ensure that it is in good condition, including padded floors, secured mats under every apparatus, and safety harnesses for learning difficult moves
  • Insist on spotters when learning new skills
  • Warm up muscles with light aerobic exercise, such as jumping jacks or running in place, before beginning training or new activities

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