Health Tip: Help Prevent Gymnastics Injuries

Here are some suggestions

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(HealthDay News) -- Gymnastics can lead to injury without some preparation. In 2007, more than 69,000 kids under age 14 were treated for gymnastics-related medical problems, the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons says.

The academy suggests how to help gymnasts ward off injury:

  • Always stretch and warm up the muscles before a workout.
  • The gym should have a padded floor and equipment that is well maintained.
  • Gymnasts should always wear routine-appropriate footwear.
  • Use protective gear, such as braces for the joints and special belts to protect the joints and torso.
  • Always have a spotter while practicing.

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