If you’re a gymnast (or are close to someone who is) then you would understand just how dangerous of a sport gymnastics is.
Between the acts of swinging your body around a thin wooden bar, running full speed and hurling yourself over a hard, solid block of material, and completing difficult contortion and tumbling skills while trying to manage to stay along the line of a four inch beam, it’s practically more surprising if a gymnast manages not to get hurt.
So, considering it’s extremely likely that throughout your gymnastics career you will suffer from an injury of some sort, you need to be prepared for it.
You need to be prepared for it
Therefore, here’s a compiled list of the most common gymnastics injuries (as well as how to treat some of them) to prepare you for any injuries you very well may have to deal with in the future:
Osgood Schlatter Disease (Runner’s Knee)
One of the most common gymnastics injuries is Osgood Schlatter’s disease, which is an overuse injury that occurs in the knee area of the gymnast.
Osgood Schlatter’s disease occurs when a tendon attaches to the front of the knee, right below the knee cap, and can cause severe aches and pains when jumped or landed upon.
Osgood Schlatter’s may also be referred to as a runner’s knee, because it’s very common among the running community as well. The best treatment for such an injury is rest, ice, and lots of physical therapy.
Because in gymnastics you are constantly required to support nearly your entire body weight on your arms and hands, wrist sprains, tears, and tendonitis are very common in the gymnastics community.
The best way to prevent and avoid injuries to the wrist is to use wrist supports (or “Tiger Paws” as gymnasts call them) on floor, beam, and vault.
The best way to avoid wrist injuries is to use “Tiger Paws”
Much like the knee of a gymnast, the ankle is put under a lot of pressure form the constant running, jumping, and hard landings a gymnast has to endure. Therefore, another one of the most common gymnastics injuries is ankle sprains.
While these most commonly occur on floor, they can also result from falls from the beam and bars when the ankle rolls outward and the foot rolls inward.
While ankle sprains are pretty much too unpredictable to avoid, the best way to treat an ankle injury once it happens is to “RICE” it, or rest, ice, compress, and elevate.
The last on the list of the most common gymnastics injuries is shin splints. While shin splints are more accumulative than acute injuries, they are still extremely painful to the gymnast.
Shin splints typically are caused by unusual pressure/loading to the shins and lower leg over a period of time.
These typically plague gymnasts at the beginning of a new season, or after coming back from a long break of gymnastics, when they don’t give their body (shins especially) time to ease back into their vigorous training schedule.
The best way to treat shin splints is ice, physical therapy, and taping/external bracing
To Sum It Up
In conclusion, using this article to guide you along the way in your gymnastics journey, you’ll be prepared for any obstacles that come your way!