Most people would be surprised to learn that there are more than 86,000 gymnastics-related injuries seen by hospitals, doctors, clinics and ambulatory surgery centers each year. These injuries are usually in the ankles, feet, lower back, knees, wrists and hands and are usually due to overuse or stress, although they are also from falls.
In order to protect yourself during gymnastics, it is important to follow certain safety tips. Wear all of the proper safety gear including pads and braces as needed. Don’t continue to just play through the pain that you experience. If you have hurt yourself, you should consult with a doctor and get the treatment that you need.
Inspect all equipment before going on it to make sure that it is in good condition and that it includes the proper padded floors, secured mats and safety harnesses that you need.
Finally, make sure to warm up your muscles before you start your training or before you jump into new activities.