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Jump, Flip, Twist and Enjoy Gymnastics Safely

AAOS offers gymnastics safety tips


Gymnastics is a rigorous sport requiring long hours of practice and complex physical movements. In addition to the weight-bearing stress placed on the upper body during many gymnastics moves, the countless twists, flips and landings put gymnasts at risk for injuries.

Common gymnastics injuries are often from overuse or simple stress, and may include:

  • wrist and shoulder injuries
  • elbow dislocations
  • foot and ankle injuries
  • ACL injuries
  • back injuries, such as lower lumbar spine stress fractures, otherwise known as spondylolysis.


According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, more than 75,000 Americans (children and adults) were treated in hospitals, doctors’ offices and emergency rooms for gymnastics-related injuries in 2010. The medical costs alone totaled nearly $170 million.

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