Like all sports, there is always a risk of injury. However, the risk is small, whereas the benefits are significant: learning that physical activity can be fun, and gaining physical confidence, skill, and strength at an early age increases the probability that your child will be active for life, which is vital to long term health. Kids can improve their agility, balance, and coordination in a safe environment with lots of padding and under the supervision of qualified coaches. Further, gymnastics safety knowledge can be transferred to the playground. Kids learn to give one – another personal space when doing physical activity, they learn “safety landings”, how to fall, to watch for dangerous objects in their play space, the importance of asking before trying a trick, etc.
While on the topic of safety, we want to mention that spotting (lifting, holding, or otherwise physically assisting) a participant is necessary to maximize learning and to ensure safety. In other words, please be advised that there will be respectful physical contact between your child and your child’s coach.