This is about our program for the tumbling and gymnastics elements of cheerleading for all levels and abilities of cheerleaders.
Spotters for Every Stunt, Pyramid and Basket Toss
Strong, experienced spotters are necessary for safety during learning progressions, especially when crash mats, tumble tramps and spring floors are not available for training.
Safe Teaching Progressions
The best safety program, though, is thorough mastery of previous skills and every prerequisite to each skill before moving on to the next step.
Every cheer tumbling practice should start out with a review of the basics checking for proper technique and execution.
Strength and Flexibility Required
As with any cheer program, the first requirements are that the cheerleading participants are strong and flexible.
Positive Strength to Weight Ratio
Being overweight invites injury for any cheerleader, who are even more susceptible because the surfaces on which they train and perform which are are not greatly padded. The wrists, ankles and knees are the most susceptible to injury for cheerleaders.
To avoid or minimize the possibilities for injury, an extensive warmup period should always precede any cheerleading and tumbling activity. Thorough warm up, especially of the neck, wrists, ankles, knees, shoulders and back, can be a major factor in the prevention of injuries.
Master Skills to Build Confidence
Because of the harder surfaces upon which cheerleaders perform, it is even more critical that proper learning progressions are followed to fully develop a strong skill base and confidence factor. Each skill should be mastered before moving on to the next skill and the next surface.
Specialized cheer training centers or gymnastics facilities are often the best place to train for cheerleading because of their equipment – safety pits, resi-pits, crash mats, tumbling strips, tumble-tracks and trampolines.
Learn New Skills in a Fully Equipped Gym
Regardless, complete advantage should be taken of all available training equipment during the learning process. Special equipment set up configurations should be used to aid progress and safety, especially in the learning of handsprings and somersaults
Mat for Safety
Soft crash mats on the trampoline, crashpad hills, mats stacked up level with the trampoline so cheerleaders can tumble off the end of the tramp onto crash pads are all useful training setups.