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  • Writer's pictureBrad Smeja

Gymnastics Safety: Tips for Parents and Kids


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Safety is a paramount concern in any sport, and gymnastics is no exception. Despite its fun and fitness benefits, gymnastics involves a certain level of risk due to its dynamic and acrobatic nature.


To ensure your child enjoys the sport while minimizing the risk of injury, here are some essential gymnastics safety tips for kids.


1. Proper Supervision

Never let your child practice gymnastics unsupervised. Even basic moves can lead to injuries if performed incorrectly. An experienced coach will ensure your child is using the right techniques and will intervene if a move appears too risky.


2. Warm-Ups and Cool-Downs are a Must

Warming up prepares the body for exercise by gradually increasing heart rate and circulation. This process will loosen the joints and increase blood flow to the muscles, reducing the risk of injury.


Similarly, cooling down after exercise is just as crucial to gradually decrease heart rate and prevent stiffness. Ensure your child understands the importance of both these routines.


3. Wear Suitable Gymnastics Attire

Loose or baggy clothing can get caught on equipment or obscure the coach's view of your child's form. Opt for well-fitted leotards or comfortable sports clothing that allows for unrestricted movement. Also, gymnastics should always be practiced barefoot or in specialized gymnastics shoes to prevent slipping.


4. Use Safety Equipment

Utilize all recommended safety equipment. Mats should be used at all times, and additional padding should be used for higher-risk moves. If your child is practicing a new move, spotting equipment and harnesses can also provide a safer learning environment.


5. Stay Hydrated

Ensure your child stays hydrated, especially during longer sessions or when training in hot conditions. Dehydration can lead to dizziness, lethargy, and other symptoms which may increase the risk of accidents.


6. Listen to the Body

Children should be taught to listen to their bodies. If something hurts, they should stop and notify their coach immediately. Pushing through the pain can lead to severe injuries.


Experience Safe Gymnastics at Perpetual Motion

At Perpetual Motion, we prioritize safety above all else. Our experienced coaches closely supervise all classes, and we provide all necessary safety equipment. We're passionate about ensuring your child can enjoy all the benefits of gymnastics in a safe and secure environment.


We offer classes for children aged 3-12, each designed to provide age-appropriate training and safety measures. Contact us today to learn more about our programs and to sign up for a trial class. With us, your child's journey into the exciting world of gymnastics is just a safe leap away!


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