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I was in gymnastics for 9 years and had many minor injuries, but also had some serious ones. Such a difficult sport, and super dangerous. When I was 14, I fractured my wrist so badly that they thought they were going to have to amputate it from my elbow down. Luckily, I managed to go through 3 emergency surgeries and come out of my 4 day hospital stay with my arm! I know a lady who had to have both knee caps replaced, due to all the damage from gymnastics over the years. I have weak wrists and knees now, but I'd do it all over again if I could! I recommend this sport for males and females. It teaches you discipline, balance, flexibility, coordination, team work, etc. It is demanding, but well worth it.
I've been around gymnastics all my life so far. I've also done a lot of other sports for almost as long or at least 2 seasons including soccer, dance, basketball, volleyball, cheerleading, softball, football, wrestling, swimming, and track. Out of all of these sports I've been included in, gymnastics has to be the most intense, most difficult, and most dangerous sport I've ever done. Once you get to the point where you are doing double backs on the floor, there isn't much spotting, and from then on you're on your own. At any time while you are performing these skills, one little difference in execution can be the difference between a stick or becoming paralyzed. These athletes are soaring through the air by their own power and strength reaching heights and speeds that few humans will ever be able to on their own and they do it in complicated and twisted positions. A lot of times these people can land very gracefully, but there is plenty of error as well before that is reached. Having done both gymnastics and cheerleading, and watched closely to the highest levels of both, gymnastics wins. Cheerleaders do one event of gymnastics which can be argued is the 'safest' of all 4 events and most controlled. If you take a high level gymnastics team and then compare it to the same level of cheerleading, the gymnasts can do everything the cheerleaders do and more. It is true that there are some moves that are illegal on a cheer mat that are required on a gymnastics one. Not saying all cheerleaders are like this, but from what I have witnessed personally in many high schools and some clubs, there is a reason why the stereotype of a cheerleader is preppy, superficial, and airheaded. The main reason for the majority of the injuries I've witnessed is stupidity. Not being where you need to be or doing what is needed to be done let alone correctly and consequently someone gets hurt. Not saying gymnasts don't make stupid mistakes too, but their mistakes hurt themselves. The strength, endurance, and training that some gymnasts endure could match those in the marines. Any part or muscle of a gymnast's body can be hurt, all are at equal risk because all are worked and used. The percentage of all in gymnastics that suffer pain and injury compared to the percentage of any other sport I can think of is much higher. The work they put in from how difficult training is to perform these skills is also more than that compared to any sport I'm aware of. Gymnastics-hands down.
Thanks for all your opinions on how cheerleading is the most dangerous. Now let me tell you a well known fact... GYMNASTICS IS WAY HARDER AND MORE DANGEROUS THAN CHEERLEADING! Anyone can clap their hands and shout out silly chants. You realize that cheerleading is just part of gymnastics but I feel for you because everyone wants to feel like they are tough enough to be in a really dangerous sport... But the truth is cheer is not dangerous. Gymnasts bust there butts everyday trying to perfect everything... But it doesn't matter if you guys mess up because they aren't paying attention... They are either sleeping or watching the basketball game. If you guys mess up you have people to catch you... But if you mess up in gymnastics... GOOD LUCK! Hopefully you don't have to get surgery... OR DIE! So all of you princesses who think shouting chants and jumping around the floor is dangerous... Try gymnastics... You will beg to go home after our conditioning... I'm sure anyone can crotch the beam or bail on a flip or even miss the bar... But all of you that think you can land it like we can... Try it... See how many bones you break... You'll change your opinion!
Gymnastics should have been higher than cheerleading. Yea, you get thrown up in the air. Cool. But you have someone to catch you or break your fall. In gymnastics, nobody is there for you. Your crying under the bars, or on your neck by the vault all because you fell as hard as you ever could going as fast as you could towards the ground. Our practices go for 6 hours a day and up to 40 hours a week. Under the section "Cheerleaders number 3" it says they practice two hours a day. Most of us wish for practices like that we had in the beginning of our careers. The only reason why cheerleading was picked was because there are a lot more of you. In gymnastics, as the levels go up, the amount of people goes drastically down. Why? Because it gets extremely difficult. Conditioning isn't the most fun. But all of us suck up the hours of work for one reason: to win. Some of our requirements are ILLEGAL in cheerleading. And those aren't even our top level. And last time I checked cheerleaders aren't flipping on four inch beams. Another reason why the cheerleaders may have a lot of injuries is because everything is performed weakly. In gymnastics, if your told you tumble like a cheerleader it's an insult. Yea, I do agree it takes skill to do some of the things cheerleaders do. But I don't really think it compares to what us gymnasts go through. I have pushed through so much pain in my career and I guarantee that most of my injuries will effect me forever. I know a person who reached level eight (TWO levels below the highest level) who can barely walk and they are fifty years old. Imagine how it is for the people like me who reach the highest level! Their injuries were fatal and you can look it up... People die from gymnastics. Some people ask, "then why do you do it? " I have a couple HUGE reasons why. The friendships made between people who go through the same grueling training. These friendships last a lifetime. Also along the way you learn discipline, respect, and how to be strong and reach your limits. I wouldn't trade my extremely hard journey for anything.
I've been doing gymnastics all of my life and for it not to be considered the hardest sport and be ranked #4 is ridiculous! Where do I start. Gymnastics you have one shot either you hit or you miss. There are no redos. Music stops you keep going. Fall you keep going. The mental stamina a gymnast has to have is more of a cheerleader that's for damn sure. You go into practice everyday knowing you will have a risk of dying if your physics aren't exactly perfect! You could easily get a concussion in fact I have doing a triple twist! Rip of the bar and break your neck or dislocate your elbow. Now on top of not dying when you do a skill it has to look easy and pretty. If it looks hard or your struggling deduction. Flexed toes deduction. Bent knee deduction. Off time on floor or beam deduction. Took a step on the landing deduction. Wasn't high enough deduction. Elbows bent deduction. Too slow deduction. And that is just the beginning! You have to know how to fly without someone throwing you or helping you go. You have to defy the laws of gravity. You have to have enough strength to hold 100x your body weight or just one skill! And conditioning is about 2 hours long alone! That's a whole practice for cheerleading! Oh and if you mess up during practice you have more conditioning and rope climbs. You have to use only yor arms to climb 25 feet of rope to the ceiling of the gym. You have to do a double back and full twisting double back for level ten! Oh and if you aren't ranked top 30 in the country alone don't even think about a scholarship! So tell me how preppy bitches that cheer go team go for football games is #1 when girls that go things even harder than navy seals do is ranked #4. Except we do it without guns! And think wearing a Leo is comfy try it! I dare you! They are tight and uncomfortable. They cut off your circulation and leave you with cysts and bumps and cuts at your shoulders and vagina. So maybe having to spot yourself and throw yourself 15 feet in the air and do 2 flips and 1 twist and land on your feet with your chest up is a lot harder than doing a herkee. Plus we do it without big bows and 10 pounds of makeup.
Well with gymnastics, you get injured very easily. You have to have a heart for the sport because if you don't care, you don't try as much and get injured a lot easier. Gymnastics for High bar, if you let go too late, you fly off, hit the bar with any or all parts of your body, then land on your head and break your neck and possibly become paralyzed. And the average gymnast has broken all their fingers at least once just from that. Then on floor and vault, if you don't set right, you don't get enough air or rotation and come and land on your head. Plus on floor, for men at least, you have these 1.5 flips where you're supposed to land on the back of your neck and roll out of them, like doing a back layout with one and a half twists and over-rotating it onto your head and rolling out of it on purpose. Being the slightest under- or over-rotated could prove fatal. Like how the distance the earth is from the sun is exactly perfect, that's how perfect you need to be in gymnastics to not come off injured. If you've ever heard of Kristen Maloney, she was a world class gymnast at the Olympics in 2000. She had never competed uninjured since 1997. She always had an injury and had to get a rod placed in her tibia. And there was another girl who landed on her head doing a 1.5 flip and become paralyzed two weeks from the olympics and then died. Gymnastics is all about perfect timing, injuries, and pain. If you don't set or doing everything at exactly the right time, it could prove fatal.
Sorry guys... My daughter has done gymnastics for 10 years AND freshman (varsity) cheer & stunt. I've seen her brake toes on the beam, take falls from the bars, not clear back layouts and many other falls in gymnastics NONE have scared me nor has she ever received a serious injury doing gymnastics. She can NOT do cheer or gymnastics any more due to breaking her back doing a stunt. Her last game she was partner stunting, for those gymnast that don't know what that is, it is when the base (person holing her up) extends his arms straight over his head holding the cheerleader up by himself. Now think of the boy being 6 foot tall, add another few feet for his arms, now add 5 feet for the height of the cheerleader, now picture being 15 feet in the air over a basketball court (NO MATS) and the boy dropping you and you falling 15 feet onto a court with NO mats. BOTH sports are dangerous and gymnasts shouldn't say it isn't when they have never done it. Oh, and since she broke her back cheering she can no longer do the sport she loves and had done since she was two years old - Gymnastics Please don't judge a sport you know nothing about. BOTH cheerleading (Stunting) and gymnastics are dangerous!
In gymnastics, not only do you go through intense and tiring training everyday, but you also have to deal with the soreness afterwards. People have been known to fall and break their neck or their back during competitions and also during practice. People pull muscles, strain muscles, and tear muscles while in practice, and it usually is not because of not warming up properly. Another thing is there is fear, and if you let that fear interfere when you are doing something, you hesitate, you could easily end up in the hospital the very next day. Gymnasts, every gymnast, pushes themselves to their limits, sometimes even beyond their limits, everyday, and every year that they are a gymnast. They strive for perfection, and tend to work through many injuries. Whether the gymnast is flying through the air to grab a hold of the high bar, or they are doing a front aerial on the balance beam, or a yurchenko 1 1/2 on vault, or even if they are doing just a simple round off back handspring on floor, they are constantly facing their fears, conquering them, and putting tons of pressure on their joints, muscles, and even bones each day. Therefore it should be considered both the toughest and most dangerous sport.
THOSE OF YOU PEOPLE WHO THINK THAT CHEERLEADING IS HARDER THEN GYMNASTICS, THEN HAVE SOME COMMON SENSE! THINK ABOUT THIS!
In cheerleading yes you do fly into the air but you have people to cetch you! In gymnastics when you fall you fall on your face, no one is there to cetch you! And cheerleading is just a part of gymnastics, the floor part! (easy part) I would like to see those preppy cheerleaders do flips 5 feet high over a 3 inch wide beam 4 feet off the ground! Or swing from bar to bar 10 feet off the groung! Or even run twords an object and fly over it! Gymnastics is so much harder then cheerleading! The death rate for gymnasts is 5 deaths a year. Cheerleading is only 1! Gymnasts also have over 200,000 injuries a year! Cheerleading only has 10,000 or less! Cheerleading isn't even a proved sport! Look in the dictionary! I just broke a growth plate in my foot because I fell off the bars! Now I have to be in a cast for 9 weeks if I want my foot to grow anymore! If gymnastics was easy they would call it cheerleading! Nuff said!
My daughter was in gymnastics since a little girl. Her team of approximetely 11, called the dream team competed together for many years. Most ended competing against one another in high school, because their bodies could no longer withstand the grueling 30 to 35 hours a week of private school. Nine of the 11 have injuries that will affect them the rest of their lives. Mostly from practicing while injured, skipping training steps to win in advanced competition levels and not taking extra time to strength and stretch train. Make sure you have a good coach and you have clear one on one communication with them solely. Many gym owners are running a business, wanting to win at all cost. These kids are pushing their bodily limits at such an amount that their growth is inhibited. A child in gymnastics can probably withstand more pain than any other. I believe this sport is more dangerous than any other. You may not see the accidents visibly, as in a competion, but if you asked all the winners what level of pain they are in, I would gues half would say an 8. The good ones you don't see ther anymore probably cannot, because they cannot withstand the pain anymore. This sport has taught them much discipline at the cost, I do not know. I wish I knew then, what I know now. Good luck to the parents out there, guide your children well.
Oh so you say cheerleading is babies? That we're a simplified version of gymnastics? That we aren't a sport? That we're prissy, and popular snobs? Who the hell do you think you Are? You don't know what it's like to be a cheerleader so shut up. You don't throw girls 50 feet In the air do you? No. Are you the girl that is being held 15 feet in the air, pulling the most insane body positions, switching feet, and pulling needles, scales, and arabesques and double twisting from them? I don't think so. Are you the backspot of the stunt? They save their flyers lives everyday. If their flyer falls, it's their job to catch them, and go down with them, and get elbowed, kicked, and hit in the head and concussions with black eyes. The bases need to have enormous strength to lift and throw up a girl and hold her 10 feet in the air BY THEMSELVES. And you won't believe the amount of core muscle and balance it takes for flyers to be up there. We have insane tumbling passes just like gymnasts do. Whip doubles, front tuck step outs, standing fulls, everything gymnasts do for tumbling. Back to back fulls too. We do it because it's our life and we love it. Not for the popularity not for the boyfriends or anything like that. Not all of us wear 10 pounds of makeup for competition. Why do you care if we do or not? Don't tell us we aren't athletes unless you've been one yourself. Go through the pain and injuries and blood sweat and tears, and go to Worlds and be a back to back gold medalist. Then I dare you to tell me differently.
I've been doing gymnastics for about nine years now, and in the last year, I have broken two toes, sprained my ankle and herniated a disc in my back (I'm only 13 and usually people don't herniated discs until they are adults. ) I have had many friends that have had to get surgery because of the injuries caused by gymnastic, and others that have had to quit the sport all together because their doctors told them it was way too hard on there bodies and it would greatly impact them later in life. Gymnastics is honestly the hardest sport I know of. I get where football and hockey players are coming from, I mean they are dangerous sports. But in gymnastics, if you make one wrong move or lean the wrong way a centimetre while you are flipping or twisting or something, you can break an ankle because you land wrong. You have to be so precise in this sport. The training and conditioning you have to do to get to high levels is ridiculous. Many gymnasts have to be home schooled because gymnastics takes up so much time and they can't keep up with their school work. Gymnastics takes such a huge toll on your body, school work, time for friends, and overall life. But in the end it is worth it, because it teaches you so many amazing things. It teaches you determination, focus skill, healthy eating ( you get yelled at if your coaches catch you eating anything even the slit eat bit unhealthy) and it helps you learn discipline, concentration, and body control!
I've been a gymnast for ten years now and only 12 ;) I've seen girls do tsusks and land on their necks and others doing a shoot half and it going wrong and she dislocated her arm. It very painful and scary all the time, and is very hard to make sure you don't hurt yourself. I love it however, because of the thrill you get when you land a move, but practicing it over and over again and keep making the same mistake again and again is excruciating! Seriously don't even ask about stretching, it may be easy when younger but as you get older your muscles become tighter yet your being pushed harder and harder it messes with your head. And the conditioning, hours on end of chin ups and rope climbs may benefit in the long term but waking up every morning aching like mad and struggling to walk isn't very fun :(. But I don't mean to put anyone off, it's a very dangerous sport and you become best friends with ice to but in the need it is so worth it! I mean my massive grin when win a competition just shows it all!
I'm really only voting, because I don't understand how cheerleading is above gymnastics. The only reason that cheerleading has more injuries is because they don't practice skills for perfection, all they do is get the skill. Don't get me wrong I've seen plenty of cheerleaders with gorgeous tumbling, but nine times out of ten it's because they used to be gymnasts. Cheerleading has less dangerous skills, but the performance of them is done unsafely a lot of times.
Also Motorcross, Bull Riding. Way more dangerous, however never in my life would I consider those under sports. Or at least not in the same category. Horse back riding would tag along with those, since it's an outside object that causes injury. Not the person doing the sport themselves.
Gymnastics is very hard. Have you ever fallen from 10 feet in the air? Or have a friend land a routine and collapse and have to be carried to the emergency room with a torn muscle? Plus we have to work out all year just to stay at the same level! Unlike football players who get a huge 2-3 month breaks in the middle of the year! Also we have to work out 20-25 hours a week! And the gyms aren't all air conditioned and aren't a perfect happy environment like the movies portray!
In gym I van beat every boy or football player in there and don't give me that crap about puberty. Every boy in that room has been through it or was going through it! They al thought I cheated but I didn't! Also, we may use mats but football played have all that padding!
Gymnastics should be at least number two. I have passed out during practices because my coaches wouldn't let me get a drink, and I've been in the emergency room three times. One with a concussion from falling off the beam. Two with three broken ribs from slamming my chest into the high bar. And three were I fainted in the middle of a floor routine and didn't wake up until the next day. All of those times the doctor told me I should never do gymnastics again. But once the injuries healed I went right back into the gym. Why? Because even though it is painful, any gymnast will agree with me that never doing gymnastics again is worse than dying. It definitely deserves to be higher in this.
I have been a gymnast for 11 years... And I compete at a very high level. Most people say that gymnastics is a sport due to the fact we wear leotards and "dance" around... But truth of the matter is I would trade ne person out there one of my practices for one of theirs just to show them its the hardest and most dangerous sport out there. I have fractures in my spine from all the impact from landings. But basically I would love to see all the haters out there try what I do... And see how much of a sport it really is... One wrong motion and you can be paralyzed or for that matter die... Think about that.
I'm a artistic gymnast There is NO way that cheer is harder than gymnastics when they get thrown into the air they have four people to save them we have NONE most of the time they just say stupid cheers yelling is not dangerous doing a full twist on a four inch beam with no one there to save you is dangerous and people are forgetting there is 3 kinds of gymnastics go and look up acrobatic gymnastics and tell me which one is harder then go look up elite artistic gymnastics and post a video of cheerleaders doing elite artistic gymnastics elite rhythmic gymnastics and acrobatic gymnast. Gymnast needs confidence dedication flexibility strong and willing to give 100 percent at the gym cheerleaders just need lipgloss and be pretty and have a stupid smile on there face when they just throw each other like stupid people. Gymnastics coaches make gymnast do conditioning and flexibility exercises until every single gymnast is crying. Us gymnast work ten times as hard as any other athletes I know that cause I'm a gymnast
I know gymnastics is the hardest sport. You have to do flips on a 4 inch withe 4 feet tall beam. It is WAY harder than cheer leading and football and all those other stupid easy sports. I have broken and injured more bones than I can count. Cheerleaders just do easy tumbling and stupid dance. Gymnasts do impossible tumbling, out of this world flips on bar, crazy vaults, and unbelievable skills on beam. Dance is nothing compared to gymnastics, dance shouldn't even be called a sport if it is. All you do in footballis run around with a ball in your hand and tackle people. FOOTBALL, DANCE, AND CHEERLEADING SUCK AND ARE EASY. I can't believe CHEERLEADING is in front of gymnastics. Football players and cheerleaders do like 6 hours a week while most pro gymnast do 30. Olympic Gymnastics takes a lot out of your life. Most Olympic gymnast are homeschool and do 10 hours everyday. EAT. SLEEP. GYMNASTICS. Most cheerleaders, football players, and dancers are stupid retards who fail school, or at least deserve to
Haha😏u think the cheer is hard😡the only more thing they have is stunting! Gymnastics has beam bars vault and way more dance on the floor! The only same thing that cheer has is tumbling! They think it's so cool to do standing fulls like really.. you gotta be kidding😒we'll guess what we do that on beam! I can't believe gymnastics isn't the most dangerouse sport like really some have died�"I've worked on gymnastics for most of my life!... I had some very bad falls like stupid things like not putting your hands in the right position and putting them far a part and crashing on my face😱bars trying to do a flyaway layout and smash your legs on the bars! Think that hurts cheer girls! 😠have you ever landed a round off full and squat to much and hurt an ankle! Well I bet if I tap on a cheerleader they will cry and all the mascara will drop down there faces! Have you ever landed a vault on there face. And if they fall they fall on a soft floor. We fall on a wooden bar with meta sides! We fall on hard rock beams we fall on solid vaults! I bet a cheerleader only got a little hurt doing stunting because they will have a bad bass because GYMNASTS😊 are better! And if a cheerleader is reading this I'm saying that gymnastics I think is more competitive
I've been in gymnastics my entire life. It's not a sport, it's a way of life. It's more than just prancing around in a leotard, it's blood, sweat, tears, and hard, extremely hard training. I agree that The sports ahead are equally tough, and I respect them. But I'm just sick and tired of all these crazy people who think they can do gymnastics just because they think they get it. If you haven't done gymnastics for more than three years, you won't get it. One little slip up, one little toe point, one tiny hesitation, and you blew it. We fall off of the beams onto our heads day in and day out, and we just get back up, wipe the blood off, grit our teeth and keep going! It takes more than you think, I's like to see you try it!
People say cheerleading is harder than gymnastics. No, just no. I did cheer and gym when I was younger. Now I just do gymnastics. I am a level 8 gymnast and no, I haven't had as many injuries as a cheerleader. Want to know why? Because us gymnasts are trained so that we don't get injured. Yeah, sometimes the conditioning isn't enough and you get hurt. But, we condition an hour a day or more just so our knees don't pop out or our ankles don't brake. Trust me, without this conditioning, we would get as many concussions as cheerleaders. Guess what! Cheerleading has been proved not a sport. Gymnastics is a sport. You're telling me to come to one of your practices? No, come to one of mine. Come to a practice of any gymnast. After the first day, you'll want to quit. But the few gymnasts that don't quit, they don't quit because they truly love the sport. It's been a sport that they have loved since they were a young child. They have a bond with their teammates that no one can take away. They don't quit because they enjoy the pain, it proves that they are getting stronger. So don't tell me your sport is harder until you have tried mine.
I think Gymnastics is the hardest sport in the universe! I was in it for 8 years and because of that I am stuck with terrible knees and ankles. I can't believe some of you think cheerleading is more dangerous. Look up on the internet of how many people have died in gymnastics! I have a cousin that was in it for about the same time. She broke her arm... And then shortly after that she had surgery and when she go t her cast of... She broke her collar bone... For those of you in cheerleading that have hurt yourselves doing a back handspring... TRY A BACK LAYOUT TWIST... See how many bones you break!
Gymnastics takes YEARS to master, and even then you could still end up in a freak accident. The sport comes with mental blocks and that can be terribly dangerous, only because those blocks can make you half-heartedly go for a skill and make you miss by a lot. To do gymnastics we have to be in excellent physical shape and we have to be the toughest athletes. I've see elite gymnasts fall on their heads and brush it off, I've also seen them tear and ACL and dominate the next year. This sport takes so much sacrifice and passion. There are only about 40 girls that go for elite status in the country; 40 out of the hundreds of millions we have!
Gymnastics and Cheer (all star whatever) have well they are fighting pretty hard to show who's better. I have tryed cheer and for cheer you really have to be a good gymnast without gymnastics cheer would be dance ing around like little prinsesses, trying both, cheer is pretty hard but gymnastics is way harder. And in Gnostics you have to rely on yourself so if you get out of the zone for one minute than you could bash your face into the bars and knock out your teeth. I did that and had huge cancor soars and couldn't smile at my next meat and couldn't eat for a week. You could over rotate and bash your knees into the floor one girl in my gym did that and cracked both her knee caps. Also you could fall off the beam and get knocked out same on bars you could easly be paralyzed by doing that on girl a long time ago did that. You could brake your arm doing a back handspring your first time my friend did that. Just search bad gymnastics falls and you will see. The reason you don't hear about this stuff that much is because we are all trained awesome people. With our amazing coaches next to us. Gymnastics is harder and funner than cheer. GYMNASTICS IS BETTER IN ALL WAYS!
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