Bumps, bruises and some serious injuries can and do occur in gymnastics. Some injuries occur suddenly during activity. Others result from overusing one part of the body. Whenever pain is resulting from a particular movement or activity, the player should stop. There is never a good reason to try to work through the pain of an injury. Continuing the activity only causes more damage.
Common Gymnastics Injuries:
- Contusions (bruises) can be minimized by wearing appropriate protective gear.
Overuse injuries are caused by repetitive use of certain muscles. Overuse injuries are common to young athletes at the peak of their growth potential.
- Sprains and strains: Ankle and foot sprains are the most common type of injury, as are lower back, knee, wrist and hand strains. A sprain is any injury to aligament, which connects bone to bone. Avoid injury by participating in a pre-season strength and flexibility program. Ankle braces or taping can also be beneficial in preventing ankle sprains.
Assessing the severity of an injury can be difficult. When in doubt, seek the advice of a doctor.
Injuries may cause:
- Limited range of motion
- Loss of strength
For minor soccer injuries, think PRICEMM- Protection, Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation, Motion and Medicine. This will help limit swelling and further tissue damage, maintain range of motion and return the athlete to sports as quickly and as safely as possible.