A gymnast needs to be flexible and have a strong core. Injury prevention exercise training can help you with that.
Stability is key!
Rhythmic gymnasts perform many extreme movements that are unique to this sport. These movements demand stability in the core and hips in order to prevent overuse injury. The exercise programme below was designed to help with this. If you include these exercises in your daily training routine, we are sure it will pay off!
Many gymnasts are very flexible, but due to the extreme range of motions the sport demands many athletes try to compensate for a lack of flexibility in a specific joint. For instance, if the hip is not flexible enough, many will try to increase extension in the lower spine, which will hurt their back in the long run. We have tried to address this in the exercise programme. Give it a try!
The young rhythmic gymnast
Most gymnasts start training and competing at a young age. During growth, injuries can affect the growth plates of the bone, and need to be evaluated and treated properly in order to avoid later complications.
The most important thing you can do to reduce your risk of injury, is to train just the right amount. This can be tricky to determine. Read more about proper load management in the article below (to come).