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Uneven Parallel Bars


The uneven parallel bars develop control, stamina and upper body strength, especially in the arms. It gives a gymnast balance and a sense of timing as she swings and circles her way from the top bar to the lower bar.
Most routines performed during competitions consist of kipping. This involves bending at the waist to assume a pike position. The gymnast uses her hands and wrists to grasp and release the bars while manoeuvring high up into the air.
Bar measurements:

Low Bar Height: 166 cm. + or – 1 cm. from the bottom rail to the floor
High Bar Height: 246 cm. + or – 1 cm. from the bottom rail to the floor
Spread: 130 cm. to 180 cm. + or – 1 cm. from inside to inside of rails

Front of the pelvis Injury.

The front of the pelvic area is an extremely sensitive place that is prone to bruising, especially in women. Girls who perform the castaway-to-a-hip circle are liable to get this type of injury, especially when executing this move on the uneven parallel bars. To help with this problem, have your daughter wear practice shorts with pockets in front where up to an inch of padding can be inserted. You can also buy pads specially made for the lower bar of the uneven parallel bars for your daughter to use while practicing the castaway-to-a-hip circle move. However, using pads may alter the “feel” of the bar, so she should also practice without the pads in preparation for a competition. To treat bruises in the front of the pelvic area, apply an ice pack for up to 20 minutes and give your daughter some children’s painkillers for the pain and see your doctor for further advice.



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