(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
- 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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