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Pros and Cons to Gymnastics and Cheerleading
Transcript of Pros and Cons to Gymnastics and Cheerleading
Benefits of Gymnastics
Benefits and Disadvantages of Cheerleading
Cheerleading trains athletes to work as a team or a unit. If one person does not compete with all their effort a routine does not work.
Cheerleaders have to fit all of their stunting, jumping, and tumbling into a 2 minute and 30 sec. routine. This means cheerleaders must have a lot of adrenaline.
Cheerleaders train and condition to have enough energy to perform difficult skills at competitions. Cheerleading is an extreme work out that keeps these athletes fit and healthy.
-65% of all injuries to female athletes come from cheerleading.
Disadvantages of Gymnastics
A competitive cheerleader needs mental and physical
strength to train and compete.
Physical strength being able to lift, and tumble, mental
strength being to train and practice 4 to 5 days a week.
Competitive cheerleaders have 2 minutes and 30 sec.
to stunt, jump, and tumble to their full extent at
-Gymnasts are the strongest athletes, and condition to gain muscles to perform skills.
-Gymnasts are the most balanced athletes. Balance is used on all evens to reduce deductions.
- Gymnasts are extremely flexible, and stretch to leap and jump on all events.
-Gymnasts are relatively small which allows them to complete skills, and get more height
- Gymnasts do very well in school! This table shows gymnasts GPA's...
All of the gymnasts did very well in school because they were offered scholarships for gymnastics. Scholarships gave gymnasts a reason to work harder.
About Competitive Cheerleading
"Why Gymnastics?" USA Gym. N.p., n.d. Web. 11 Feb. 2014. <http://usagym.org/pages/home/
-Ankle, knee, and wrist injuries are very common to gymnasts. They use their joints to tumble, vault, jump, and complete skills. All the works their doing takes a toll on their joints. This can be fixed with ice, (20 minutes on, 20 minutes off) braces on your joints, or in bad cases, a trip to the doctors or physical therapists office.
-If a gymnasts falls to hard on an event and breaks, sprains, or fractures can occur. Injuries like there can have gymnasts out for an entire seasons (6+ months). Injuries like that require physical therapy, ad lots of rest.
-Gymnasts can also get concussions, or other injuries to the head if they land on their skull so hard it causes their skull to break. Concussions are treated by staying in a dark room without any light to cause headaches.
-Gymnasts growth stunts. Gymnasts have skeletons that grow late due to all the stress on your body.
- Gymnasts get rips from the bars. Rips are when the callus on your palm rips off, and tears off skin i that one area. Rips can be treated with Bagbalm, or Neosporin.
-Most gymnasts feel uncomfortable with their body in tight fitting leotards so they end up quitting gymnastics.
"Female Gymnasts: does their training reduce growth rates, delay maturation and increase the risk of
long-term skeletal injury?" Sports Injury Bulliten. N.p., n.d. Web. 11 Feb. 2014.
-Gymnasts learn lifelong skills such as teamwork, time-management, sportsmanship, dedication, and hard work. All of these lifetime skills will help gymnasts in their working careers.