Gymnastics Equipment Safety Checklist

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Gymnastics Equipment Safety Checklist

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Gymnastics Equipment Safety Checklist

It’s not exactly a secret that gymnastics can be pretty risky business. The apparatus alone can be intimidating. Then start jumping, spinning, and flipping on that apparatus, and you have a potentially high-risk situation. Throw into the mix, gymnasts walking or running from event to event and coaches coming and going, and things can get even crazier. Below are some guidelines to consider for the safety of gymnasts, parents, and coaches alike.

Safety Tip #1: Check and double check equipment before use

Gymnastics equipment is designed to take a beating; however, with month after month of day-in and day-out adjustments and pounding, support legs and cables can become loose or warn and, eventually, become a safety risk. So, to avoid equipment “malfunction” injuries, it’s great practice to check all tension cables and support legs prior to using gymnastics equipment each day.

Safety Tip #2: Know the flow…of the gym traffic

I’m not talking about the traffic outside your gym. I’m referring to the bodies flying through the air and gymnasts running full speed ahead down the vault strip. If you’re a new gymnast or a parent who is attending open gym with your child, it’s very important to understand the layout of the gym BEFORE going out on the floor. Always be aware of dismount areas, tumbling paths, pit entry areas, trampoline entry and exit procedures, and the general flow of movement throughout the gym, and ALWAYS look before you walk. This will prevent collisions and potential injuries.

Safety Tip #3: Know where the first aid stations are located

This simple tip for gymnast safety can make a huge difference in an emergency. Every adult who is involved in gymnastics should know where to get ice packs and first aid kits from in the gym. Honestly, most of the older kids should be aware of this as well. When a significant injury does occur and there is the need for a splint, ice, or blood clean-up kits there isn’t time to ask around for emergency supplies. If you spend a significant amount of time at your gym, you should already know where these items are located, and you also should be familiar with all facility emergency procedures.

A big portion of gym safety is common sense, but it also often is overlooked during the daily routine of gym life. It’s important to hold bi-annual or quarterly safety reviews for your gymnasts and for your staff to ensure that everyone trains in the safest environment possible.

 

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