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Gymnastics is a sport involving the performance of exercises requiring strength, flexibility, balance and control.


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 ...more

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.

Hi I'm a cheerleader and by the way cheerleading is gymnastics except we as more challenging stuff to it. You think we are snobby we are not. As a matter of fact most cheerleaders are straight A students. We don't cheer for the boys we cheer for our team. The boys just choose us to cheer. If you would like to look up pictures of cheerleading stunts go for it because then you will see how hard it is. I know gymnastics is hard too because I have done it for 2 years but I have also cheerleaded for 6 years. We tumble and stunt. When a flyer is being tossed and a base moves their foot one centimeter away… BAM she hits the floor and breaks a bone. I have seen it happen before. It literally happened 1week ago. She broke her arm. Oh and Here's to the people who say cheerleading isn't a sport and that cheerleaders aren't athletes. The very definition of sport is, and I quote, "an athletic activity requiring skill or physical prowess and often of a competitive nature. We practice just as much ...more

There isn't just one type of gymnastics you know. There's also something called acrobatic gymnastics. Yes, I do agree it's bull when people think cheerleading is easy and link all of you to the stereotypes. Acrobatic gymnasts do stunts that are as hard as what cheerleaders do, if not harder. There are a few different types of gymnastics and they each have elements that you need to train very hard for. I do agree that cheerleading is hard and is a sport, but then... ACROBATIC GYMNASTICS.

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 ...more

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 ...more

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 ...more

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 ...more

Gymnastics is my life. It's more than a cartwheel and a "roll". It's more like a front aerial and a full. Take this from me you snobby, bratty, disgraceful cheerleaders, gymnasts train 10x as hard as cheerleaders. And I should know because I'm a level 6 gymnast. We condition for at least an hour at practice. Our competitions are nothing like cheerleading competitions. And you think is it flying 3 inches in the air is dangerous and scary, try doing a front aerial and landing it. The judges or nitpicky. They look at your toes, arms, legs, and they see if you are on time with your routine music. We don't have much time for teen you are on time with your routine music. We don't have much time during our routines. We only have like 41 seconds. And you think that flying up 3 inches in the air it's scary, will try running full speed and a metal object just covered in leather. Try sticking a packet to bring back tuc we only have like 41 seconds. And you think that flying up 3 inches ...more

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 ...more

I don't want to start a fight or anything, but there is a reason we are ranked number 2. Cheerleading is a combination of tumbling, acro stunts (taken to a whole new level), dance, and jumps. I have done gym and I know it's difficult but I'm here to say Cheer is just as difficult, and for the record, most of us do it because we live the sport, not because we become popular. Most of the time, we are at the bottom and get no respect. I agree that gymnastics is difficult, but cheer is just as much difficult. Flyers are thrown 10-15 feet in air and expect their bases to catch them EVERY TIME. Not just most of the time, but she trusts the people below her with her life. More literally than metaphorically. She could break Her neck, receive a concussion, or even break a leg. Gymnasts can do the same thing on bars or beam or tumbling, it doesn't matter. Back spots throw their entire bodies under the stunt the second the flyer starts coming down. They keep going with a bloody face. Bases do ...more

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 ...more

Gymnastics is very dangerous and is the leading most difficult too it takes years to be a good or even great gymnast but the sad thing is you work for many years to get these amazing things you always wanted to do but then when you get to a certain age and you find out that your dream of going to the Olympics isn't going to work or isn't going to happen makes your gymnastics career shatter and it's sad but you just keep working for the skills you always wanted to do even though you know you're never going to the Olympics and you're never going to be able to be good as people like Gabby Douglas Nastia Liukin Shawn Johnson and other people like that but for some reason gymnastics is just that one thing that even though you could get hurt even though you're not going to get anywhere and you know that even though it's the hardest most tough thing on your body you have ever endured you do it anyway and the matter what if you fall if you fail try try again get up try to still again ...more

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 ...more

Cheer leading and gymnastic are both high risk sports. I was a level 7/8 gymnast, and did gymnastic for14 years. I had to quite because of long term back and knee injuries and now I coach. Gymnastic in my opinion is slightly harder than cheer leading, because gymnast have to compete 4 events. cheerleaders get injured more often than gymnast because gymnast are trained to fall and they are conditioned more than most cheerleaders. In gymnastic if you mess up just a little you can brake something, become paralyzed, or even die, but the same goes for cheer leading. Gymnast do double backs on the floor, fulls off the vault and on a 4in beam, and release moves on bars (when swinging around the bar you let go and then have to catch it). Most optional level gymnast (level 7-10) have to train 20+ hour a week and are straight A students, because in gymnastic you are taught to manage your time, work through problems, face your fears, work through the worst of pains, and cheer on you teammates ...more

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 ...more

Hah, the person above me is funny. I don't know what kind of drugs you gotta be on to think cheer is harder than gymnastics - Blub

Well I'm a cheerleader and hah you're funny! Cheerleading is hard! You have to do flips and more in the air, Memorize a routine complete it in 2.15 min or less! And what if they don't catch you?! I've been dropped out of prep and broke my arm, Twisted my ankle and got the wind knocked out of me!

So cheerleading is more than hard! And A LOT harder than gymnastics!

Although many people think gymnastics is harder than cheer, I have to disagree. As a level 6 gymnast and modified cheerleader at age 13, I have to say they are equally as hard (and I'm not even on an elite cheer team). In gymnastics, there are four main factors into your skills; floor, bars, beam, and vault. Mastering each of these events is extremely difficult and even if you get a skill, you can lose it just as fast. Gymnasts are trained to fall, so their amount of severe injuries is decreased by a lot! If they get injured in the slightest bit, you tell your coach because it can affect your score and you need time to heal. As for cheer... I am a base for my stunt group and I do a lot of hard tumbling. We catch and throw 80-150 pound girls (and I'm only 92 lbs)! We do tumbling like nobody's business on a hard floor WITH NO SPRINGS! Gymnasts get an extra bounce at competitions, but not us! Gymnasts don't give cheerleaders enough credit. We're not snobby, and we don't cheer to get ...more - cheerandgymnastics1220

You know what? We have grips, tiger paws, and braces because we need them! BECAUSE WE WILL GET REALLY HURT! And guess what? That's just a sign that gymnastics is harder! So shut you mouth and have a good long think about it.

You described Artistic Gymnastics. Look up Acrobatic Gymnastics. - Gymnasticsfan

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 ...more - Tabcorwin

You're awesome. All you stupid cheerleaders take a look at this and read (if you're not too busy whining over you're wimpy bruises).

Gymnastics is the most grueling and demanding sport out there. It pushes your body far past its absolute limit and somehow gymnasts are able to push on through the pain. When my bodies beaten down, broken, and soar, I find the courage to limp back for more every single time. The reason gymnastics is so difficult is because all of the skills are mind over matter, and even if our body is 159% ready to do the skill, your mind just won't let you do it. Mental training is harder than physical training. Many people may argue that in cheerleading it's the same too, but in cheerleading do they have to tumble 6 feet in the air on a four inch wide beam that is four feet above the ground? No. In cheerleading do they have to let go of a bar 12 feet in the air, flip and twist, and hope that somehow you will land on your feet? No. Although gymnasts and cheerleaders both tumble, cheerleaders do not have to go through 3 other entire events and physically and mentally prepare for those extra events. ...more

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!

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 ...more

Gymnastics is way harder than cheerleading. At our gym we share the gym with cheerleaders. All they do is a few jumps, tumbling passes, and stunt a few times. Their form is always horrible. When they do their backhand springs they bend their arms and legs. The only reason that cheerleaders get skills faster is because all the do is tumble while we flip over the bars. Sprint full speed toward the vault. And preform skills on the beam. On bars the gymnast gets rips (some so bad they bleed) if we fall of we have to jump right back on and continue. Sometimes at practice we work so hard we can barely press the bar. Our arms quiver, but we still swing around that bar. On vault we are running as fast as we can go and we don't stop we keep running and jump on the springboard to do the skill. We repeat this several times. If someone walks in your path you are expected to stop. To do this you have to make yourself fall. On beam we do back tucks, ariels, backhand springs on a four inch wide ...more

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.

I've done cheerleading and gymnastics for years. They are both hard not to get me wrong, but I have fallen from a stunt on gym floor and landed wrong outside in a stunt as well. There was pain where I wanted to sit out and I could even though I didn't break anything or sprain anything. In cheerleading it's easy to get hurt, but in gymnastics 10 minutes of simple stretching can leave you sore for days. It's hard to tell when your hurting and you keep pushing anyways- pulled muscle: example one. Vault: going full speed at a stationary object and if you make one wrong step there's a broken bone or two. -example two. When you tumble, the amount of maximum force exerted on your knee joint is anywhere between 8-14x your body weight. So if you weigh 110 pounds, that means your knees have to endure about 1540 pounds of force every time you land, punch, or block for a skill. And 1540 lbs is about the size of a grizzly bear. -example 3. There are plenty of other examples but gymnastics deserves ...more

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 ...more

Cheerleaders are fake gymnasts. I'm a male gymnast and if you think throwing a Kolman off high bar (release where you flip of the bar) is child's play, I'd like to see you do it without landing straight on the thick, steel bar. Open your eyes you "prissy" little cheerleader, gymnastics out-ways cheerleading ten folds so quit whining about your silly "sport"

Quote: GYMNAST only the strong survive the rest are cheerleaders.

I'm a gymnast almost 13 years old, I have tendinitis in my left wrist, my left ankle and both of my knees. When I was 9 years old I snapped my spinal cord and was paralyzed for 4 months! Gymnastics should be number 1 for sure! Every single time we go for a skill it's a matter of life or death. One wrong move and we are done for good. Think about it, what is vault? Vault is running full speed at a medal object covered in leather, then trying to flip multiple times in the air before you land (on your face). What is floor? Floor is flipping perfection. We only get a certain amount of space to run and flip to the best of our best ability's.What is beam? Beam is flipping as hard as possible on a straight line, and if we have one wrong move we fall. We can fall on our feet yes, but there are so many other places. We can fall on out face, back, neck, stomach... you get the point. What is bars? Bars is flipping from one cylinder to the other with the chance of us missing and falling straight ...more - aliceelise