Prestige and perseverance versus pain and pretense


September 28, 2012

Topic: injury prevention

Major sporting events draw the attention of millions, and the athletes taking part in these games compete not only to win, but to gain the admiration and recognition of the world.

Major sporting events draw the attention of millions, and the athletes taking part in these games compete not only to win, but to gain the admiration and recognition of the world. Such is the case with Olympians, but as every previous Games have shown, some participants may cause themselves real harm if they do not sit out when they get hurt.

ABC News reported that the incidence of preventable ankle injuries and other joint problems is especially high among gymnasts. Since this group tends to appeal most to young women and girls, some are concerned that these athletes could be sending the wrong message to fans. The source stated that most gymnasts will train upwards of 10 hours per week, putting extreme strain on their bodies and continuing to hold these standards even while in pain. With nearly three-fourths of the tumbling community being girls, parents need to be aware of injury prevention techniques in the sport.

"When gymnastics is done properly, it looks daring but the athletes have actually been taught the basics of how to move their bodies safely," gymnastics coach Randy Nebel told KMBZ News. He stressed to the source that proper conditioning and training can go a long way in stopping body trauma and ankle injuries.


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