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Gymnastics is one of the hardest and most dangerous sports.

  • However you fall off other things, you are not flipping 647.2 degrees/second (almost two full rotations around your hips, not sideways a second)

    As ElizabethKellyMedina wrote, "No protection provided. There are no helmets, mouth guards, shoulder pads or even shoes. Maybe if you were really looking for an argument you could say the mats are protective but they are still not soft. Gymnastics is very hard, you have to be strong yet elegant, you pretty much brake yourself more and more each practice."
    She is completely right. There is no protection. Those braces you see people wearing are from past injuries, and protect said extremity from overextending. The mats in practice are soft, but in competition, you better watch out. Would you like to fall on a 4 inch piece of foam? 4 INCHES. Look on your ruler.
    One main thing I almost never see brought up: you have to make it look easy. In most other sports, catching the ball and falling dramatically, or wiping the sweat off your brow with a close camera shot, or giving your team the game-changing pep talk is good. However, in gymnastics, making it look hard is looked down upon. Yes, you even get deducted for doing it perfectly, but making it look hard! Also, for other sports that may seem harder, have you ever had your coach sit on you? Oh wait, I forgot to mention your legs are more than 180° apart? 'Push you to your limit' HA.

  • No protection provided.

    There are no helmets, mouth guards, shoulder pads or even shoes. Maybe if you were really looking for an argument you could say the mats are protective but they are still not soft. Gymnastics is very hard, you have to be strong yet elegant, you pretty much brake yourself more and more each practice.

  • It may be one of the hardest

    But it is not one of the most dangerous. Think about horse riding. Most of the time there is a piece of polystyrene to protect your life. If you fall you could die. You bars do not have a mind of their own. It is indeed one of the hardest. You have to be pushed to your physical limit, but it is the same with other sports.


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