View Full Version : gymnastics-good or bad??

06-10-2007, 09:50 PM
im a tumbler and a cheerleader and i really don't know what to believe about whether it makes your back worse or not.

Here's my theory:
Gymnastics/Tumbling might make your back a little worse, but it makes it more flexible, so it doesn't do too much harm.

What do you guys think?

06-11-2007, 08:16 AM
My daughter does gymnastics (non competive) But she is not allowed to do trampoline. There is a study out of Bulgeria the indicates a conection between repeditive gymnasticsa and scoliosis. The key word here I think is repeditive.

06-11-2007, 09:31 PM
hmm okay ill have to research that.

06-12-2007, 01:39 AM
hmm okay ill have to research that.
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06-12-2007, 08:48 PM
i used to live there and a gang lived across the street.

im really only interested in spinecor, but maybe ill look into it.
thank you.

06-13-2007, 09:23 AM
:) HI

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06-13-2007, 01:13 PM
I don't know much about bracing but as far as cheerleading and tumbling... I think it helped me if anything. I did not tumble (never learned how) but was a back spot and base and flyer for cheerleading Jr. High through College. I recently stopped and my back/muscles have gotten worse. Cheerleading kept me in great shape and kept my back strong- now that I'm not getting that kind of exercise anymore my back has gotten worse. As long as your doctor doesn't say you can't do it I wouldn't stop any sort of physical activity you are doing.


06-13-2007, 04:08 PM
My doctor knows i do gymnasics and he said it streches my back muscles so that was good for me :)

06-15-2007, 01:45 AM
everyone, thank you for your input.

this is kind of off topic, but do u have any tips for flyers?
im supposed to be one but im not very good =/

06-15-2007, 12:21 PM

For flying the most important thing is to be as tight as possible. If you suck in all your muscles and sort of pull them up with your own strength it makes your bases job much easier.

Being a base as well it is much easier to base a heavy flyer that holds her own weight than a skinny one who flops around.

Practice balancing on one foot or both feet and making your muscles as tight as possible.

Also you can "google" exercises for cheerleaders and it may come up with a list of stretches/exercises you can do to help.

Good luck!


06-16-2007, 09:03 PM
thank you so much for your advice.
unfortunately, im a skinny floppy flyer haha, but i tried partner stunting and i think im getting it.
i think people with scoliosis are naturally unbalanced so i really hope ill get it.
thanks for the luck!
<3 Allegra

06-17-2007, 02:00 AM
for what it's worth...

"A 10-fold higher incidence of scoliosis was found in rhythmic gymnastic trainees (12%) than in their normal coevals (1.1%). Delay in menarche and generalized joint laxity are common in rhythmic gymnastic trainees". The study observed "a significant physical loading with the persistently repeated asymmetric stress on the growing spine" in these young gymnasts. A"dangerous triad" is attributed for the etiology of this type of idiopathic scoliosis: "generalized joint laxity, delayed maturity, and asymmetric spinal loading."

06-19-2007, 02:55 AM
hmmm...where did you find this link?
what's rhythmic gymnastics?
i thought that was where you like twirl ribbon or something. lizzie mcguire had an episode on it i think. haha
and im finished growing so i dont think it matters what i do, personally.
thank you for your input. =]

06-19-2007, 12:35 PM


There are others as well... .

Bony deformation continues throughout life even after we're done growing in adolescents. We often have some ability to determine which direction it will go by the choices we make in activities and management... for the worse or for the better.

Not trying to persuade you otherwise. Knowledge and information are our greatest assets, we can use them to make informed decisions or choose to ignore them. ...it's up to each individual to decide for themselves.

It's just difficult for me to sit here and watch people do things that may be may be making matters worse, simply because they aren't aware. But by all means, do what makes you happy and enjoy life. :)

all the best,

06-20-2007, 06:48 PM
I have limited my daughter to only recreational gymnastics (no more than one hour a week) and NO TRAMPOLINE or anything like it. It seems to me that the repeditive impact can not be healthy for the spine. In fact I will soon limit floor exercises as well. I asked Dr. Rivard his feelings about this and he was adamant about no trampoline.

06-20-2007, 10:21 PM
Doing gymnastics should be a good thing. It keeps you very flexible. Because I do not do a lot of gymnastics anymore, I am very stiff from my scoliosis. I have never done tumbling, but I would imagine that would make your back a bit worse.

06-21-2007, 08:36 AM
I am not saying gymnastics is a bad thing. I encourage most of the exersizes and equipment. Just not the high impact (trampoline). Tumbling in general is fine (with the exception of handspring type exersizes) but not at a competive level where there are lots of repetitions.

06-21-2007, 08:53 AM
i agree with you on that christine....thats what i think 2.. :rolleyes:

06-21-2007, 09:13 AM
Well put Christine.