Open gyms are a popular gymnastics gym activity, but there are extremely serious gym safety considerations and “lifeguard” training that must take place.
In kids’ gymnastics, there must be zero tolerance for conditions that could potentially cause gymnastics injuries & the goal of zero injuries is achievable.
There are some backward roll safety concerns regarding neck injuries, especially when young beginner gymnasts are first learning them.
The move to the open scoring system has generated a number of serious complaints, one of which is that gymnasts are suffering more injuries.
There are numerous reasons for gymnasts’ injuries in the gym, but here are some that some coaches may be ignoring (to their gymnast’s risk).
There is new research on the long-term effects of concussions, especially on young athletes. Here is a diagnostic tool for evaluating gymnast’s concussions.