All-Star Non-sprung Floors & Hurt Back

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Babs

Cheer Parent
Jan 29, 2011
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My cp has cheered at her allstar gym for a couple of years and is also going to cheer for her HS team for the first time this year. She has started HS practices and says tumbling on the thin blue mats hurts her back and wrists.

Any suggestions for her and how she can avoid any chronic injury or pain?? I would hate for her HS tumbling to negatively affect her all-star cheering!
 
I had that exact same problem when I started high school cheer, strength exercises and ice packs are super important!!:)
 
Tumbling with proper technique is the MOST important thing when tumbling on a non spring floor, as well as strength training.
 
My wrists are really tiny for my body (I'm short, but I've got a bit of extra junk in the trunk)..so they always hurt when I tumbled. Strengthen, I always wrapped them a little (not too tight or it'll cut off flow and hurt like heck)..gave a bit of extra support..
 
This is why I dislike HS cheer. I think tumbling on deadmats is unsafe and does cause joint damage. The best advice I can give is get some Tiger Paws. Great wrist braces. Even the Futuro ones from CVS work well
 
This is one of the reasons that being an Allstar cheerleader will help you on a HS or College Cheer Team. You must have proper form and technique to tumble on hard floor. Spring floors will hide not having proper form and is forgiving. The bigger issue is coaching in Allstar is not training proper form, technique, and progression to accommodate this, but that is another topic. UofL has hundreds of Allstar Cheerleader that are the best from around the country come to try outs. The Saturday tryout on the hard floor is humbling and is heart breaking because of this.

Strength and conditioning is the key. A deep tissue sports message therapy and a chiropractor will help with this. and work on proper form and technique while on the spring floor and move it to the hard floor.
 
This is one of the reasons that being an Allstar cheerleader WILL NOT help you on a HS or College Cheer Team. You must have proper form and technique to tumble on hard floor. Spring floors will hide not having proper form and is forgiving. The bigger issue is coaching in Allstar is not training proper form, technique, and progression to accommodate this, but that is another topic. UofL has hundreds of Allstar Cheerleader that are the best from around the country come to try outs. The Saturday tryout on the hard floor is humbling and is heart breaking because of this.

Strength and conditioning is the key. A deep tissue sports message therapy and a chiropractor will help with this. and work on proper form and technique while on the spring floor and move it to the hard floor.

had to edit my post
 
ALSO- make sure she is countering with ab training..HS cheer is how I wrenched my back out and trust me- collapsing into a contorted position on the floor in the middle of states because your back is completely out of whack does NOT a happy memory make.
 
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