Gymnastics is a sport that requires strength, endurance, flexibility, and above all, discipline. Like any other sport as serious as the Olympic-type competition, gymnastics encourages intense practice and training as well as giving importance to safety.
One wrong dismount can lead to horrific accidents and the lightest injury would be a sprain. So, trainers and athletes are careful in every way as to perfect their movements as graceful and alert as possible.
This is why there are accessories that make practice as less hazardous as it should be, creating a safe training ground for professional gymnasts and aspiring athletes alike.
Mats are convenient in catering the needs of these practitioners. They cushion the fall and landing of gymnasts, ensuring the athletes that they will be in no significant danger as they perform their stunts and routines.
- The Landing Mats
The most common and a must-have for gymnastics is the landing mat. You cannot go into practice or competition without being properly equipped with such an essential accessory.
Available for use in all sorts of gymnastic activities, these mats are intended to offer added protection for athletes coming in for a land from complex tumbling sequences or simply dismounting from equipments like the beam or gymnastic bars. Landing mats are placed atop floor matting, giving it the extra security from all sorts of impact.
These come in different sizes and color. With fitment including (four foot by seven foot and eight foot by eighteen foot), their widths vary from four to sixteen inches. These accessories are solid enough to reduce chances injuries at every landing.
- The Throwing Mats
Also known as push-in mats, throwing mats are mainly used while trampolining. Coaches or trainers push or throw them onto the trampoline the gymnast is using to diminish the rebound of the athlete. This is a great aid in helping gymnasts to create or perfect airborne routines.
Smaller in size than your average landing mat and is usually around four inches thick, throwing mats are meant fit the bed of trampolines. Throwing mats are incredibly lightweight to make it easier to throw into the trampoline while the gymnast is still high up in the air. The mat is then placed on the trampoline to prepare for the individual’s fall.
- The Crash Mats
Crash mats are especially made for trainings and practices. Popularly known as safety mats, cras mats are essentially used when exhibiting landing and tumbling routines. When polishing moves such as a back tuck, this accessory can be utilized at the end of a tumble run and can also be an ideal training aid when trying to do an unsupported back handspring movement.
Lightweight in nature, these mats are also made to be flame retardant. They have different sizes but are typically in eight foot by four foot by eight inches.