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Parallel Bars



Like its name suggests, this exercise is performed on two parallel handrails 350 cm. in length. The male gymnast holds on to both bars to swing around and fly, getting to the most height that he can. The exercise puts emphasis on the gymnast’s sense of balance, coordination and timing. It is also a great way to build strength in the chest, arms and back, as well as instilling confidence and helping the gymnast overcome the dread of dropping.

Parallel Bar Measurements:
Height: 200 cm. + or – 1 cm. from the top of the rail to the floor
Spread: 48 cm. to 50 cm.
Length: 350 cm.

Underarm abrasions and blisters from the parallel bars.

This can be an extremely abrasive and irritating injury, seeing as how it’s located at a very sensitive area of the skin. The gymnast is liable to get these abrasions during moves that involve below-the-bar swings on the parallel bars. Gymnastics jerseys don’t help with this problem. And although the gymnast can wear a jacket or t-shirt to protect himself during practice, he isn’t allowed to do this during competition. When that time comes, have the gymnast make sure that the bars are clean and there isn’t any chalk dust on them. Keep the armpits dry; some talcum powder helps. But if his armpit area is already abraded and blistered, it’s best to clean the area thoroughly, pop the blisters with a sterilized needle, and clean the area again.

Protect the injured armpits with an antibiotic cream and cover it in bandages. Its best for the gymnast to avoid using the bars until his underarm area heals.



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