Air tracks are a popular training tool for gymnasts, cheerleaders, and tumblers. These inflatable tracks provide a bouncy surface for practicing tumbling, and other gymnastics skills. But are they safe? The short answer is yes, if used properly. However, it’s important to follow some basic safety guidelines to avoid injuries.
Here are seven tips for using air tracks safely:
Table of Contents
- Use Adequate Space
- Check the Surface
- Practice Within Your Ability
- Wear Suitable Attire
- Inflate Correctly
- Supervise Children
- Use Proper Technique
- Final Thoughts
Use Adequate Space
Air tracks should be set up in a clear, open area with plenty of space for tumbling and landing. Avoid setting up an airtrack near walls, furniture, or other obstacles. Additionally, make sure the space is well-lit and free of distractions.
Check the Surface
Make sure the surface under the airtrack is free of debris, sharp objects, and uneven terrain. A level and smooth surface is best. This can help prevent falls or tripping while using the airtrack.
Practice Within Your Ability
Don’t attempt advanced skills on an air track until you’ve mastered the basics. Start with simple tumbling exercises and gradually work your way up to more challenging skills.
Even basic skills like cartwheeling, handstand and rolling can cause injury if not performed correctly. More advanced skills like somersaults and flips shouldn’t be attempted without the right training and spotting first.
Practicing within your ability can reduce the risk of falls and injuries.
Wear Suitable Attire
Wear comfortable, stretchy clothing that allows for a full range of motion. Avoid loose clothing or accessories that could get caught on the air track. Additionally, wearing appropriate footwear can help provide traction and stability while using the airtrack.
Some people prefer being barefoot like a competitive gymnast, but there’s nothing wrong with wearing trainers as long as they are clean and smooth at the bottom.
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Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for inflating and deflating the airtrack. Overinflating or underinflating the track can make it unstable and increase the risk of injury. Additionally, check the air pressure regularly to ensure it’s at the recommended level.
The older an air track gets, the more likely it is to leak air. That’s why it’s a good idea to invest in a well-known brand like AirTrack Factory, FB Sport or AirTrack Nordic.
Children should always be supervised when using an air track. Make sure they understand the safety rules and don’t attempt risky maneuvers. Additionally, ensure they’re using appropriate-sized airtracks for their age and skill level.
Use Proper Technique
Always use proper technique when performing skills on an air track. Keep your body aligned, use your core muscles to control your movements, and avoid twisting or bending your joints in unnatural ways. Additionally, it’s important to stay focused and avoid attempting new skills without proper training and supervision.
That’s why I always recommend being taught in a professional gymnastics facility as it will help a gymnast learn proper technique compared to being a self-taught gymnast.
By following these safety tips, you can enjoy the benefits of training on an air track and minimize the risk of getting injured. Even by following all of these tips, remember that gymnastics will always still carry an element of risk. Happy tumbling!