Growing bodies are vulnerable to injury and fatigue when not getting sufficient fuel to run on. Proper nutrition is essential for developing stronger muscles and preventing injuries to overworked bodies. In addition:

  • Know the signs and symptoms of common eating disorders—male and female gymnasts who are anxious to maintain certain weights and body sizes sometimes develop eating disorders.
  • Drink plenty of fluids, even if you are not thirsty, to keep muscles hydrated. A lot of fluids are lost through perspiration (sweating).