Episode #66 – Safety

Hello and welcome to Tulsa tumble talk with justice tumbling company, the one and only Tulsa tumbling show where we your Tulsa tumbling experts. Answer the questions that we get from parents and athletes on a daily basis. We are your hosts, Coulton cruise and rusty breaths slur and we are the owners of justice tumbling company in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Now, today we’re going to be going over an important issue, rusty.

The number one is safety, safety, all things safety when it comes to tumbling.

Oh yeah. There’s lots of aspects. Q safety in tumbling. Um, and one of them is not equipment, right? I’ve said it over and over and over again. Um, we’re, we don’t wear helmets or safety pads or, uh, gloves or anything that is going to protect us. So how do we protect ourselves is by using technique. Um, there’s lots of ways that you can, uh, overcome fear, but do it safely. Like that’s, that’s a, that’s an important thing. So we’re going to be going over, uh, safety and tumbling safety and being spotted safety in doing things on your own, safety in everything. So Rusty, why don’t you go ahead and give us an idea of the difference between technique and like conditioning and muscling things over.

Yes. There’s always that exception. The tumbling, everybody’s seen it where an athlete can do a skill, it can look crazy, their head can be out with the landed every time. That’ll end up every time and they can make it look good enough to where hey, it’s in the routine every time. Tulsa tumbling lessons, don’t strive to be that, that athlete don’t strive to be the exception. Um, cause that doesn’t work. Nine out of 10 times, that is not going to work for anybody else.

There’s, there’s one full in general that I’m thinking of right now that she’ll land it, it, she’ll throw it, she’ll throw it and land it every single time. But every time that she does, like everybody around her is like, like that.

So don’t let technique, let the, uh, conditioning, let the reps of doing good technique. Let that be what gets you safely over in your skill. Um, I haven’t telling athletes there is a lot of conditioning that comes involved. Obviously those athletes who lay on that can land it for a reason because they’ve conditioned themselves in that bad technique. So if an athlete was never to fix anything in their technique, which I don’t recommend, an athlete should always continue to strive to fix their technique. But if they never did and they over did the conditioning at home, um, murdered the muscles they needed for that skill, eventually they’d find themselves landing it. Uh, but if you’re perfecting technique while you’re doing that amount of conditioning, and that’s where you see athletes who can hit a skill 10 out of 10 times or throw it without warming up or cause they’ve mentally conditioned it, they’d physically conditioned that they’ve put everything they need to and to get that

well, and you know, the old saying, practice makes perfect. That’s not, that’s not true. It practice makes habit. So if you are practicing with muscling and over, you are practicing and you will beat consistently using more muscle than technique. But if you’re practicing it with the technique gets a much safer way to learn. And most of the time you’ll learn quicker to and comfortable and comfortable hard floors. Oh yeah, yeah, yeah. It, it’s, it happens all the time where a kid is like, muscling something over and I’ll tell them how to fix one thing and they do it and they like, look at me. They’re not tired. Like it just blows their mind how easy it was to get it over. It’s not, it’s not a theory. It’s not, um, you know, controversial. It is a fact. Technique is always easier than muscle period. It’s safer to.

Amen. Amen. So, um, into the next part of our safety podcast, we’re talking about, Tulsa tumbling lessons, whenever you’re, you’ve got the skills leading up to a new skill, but you’re not ready to throw that new skill yet. There’s a time where, uh, you know, you may have just gotten your round off back handspring. Tuck does not mean that it’s time to move on to roundup. I can’t spring layouts, or if you just got your layout does not mean that it’s time to start working fulls. Um, every athlete is different. So that’s something to remember. But I mean, if you’ve thrown your layout like three or four times, that is not the time to want to start working fulls. Hmm.

Yes. You need to take that time to master the skill, to get comfortable with the skill, um, to find if something goes wrong or that skill of being able to prepare for that. Um, and the only way you’re going to get to know that is by doing repetitions of it. And I’m working on it multiple times. Uh, the more skills you learn, the more skills you have to maintain. So it takes a lot more tumbling with, as you get more skills.

Yeah. We, so when you learned how to ride a bike without training wheels, like it was, it was wobbly at first, but eventually you got it where you didn’t, you could ride your bike to your friend’s house and never have to think twice about like what you’re doing. You don’t have to think about keep pedaling. You don’t have to think about how you lean into a turn. We want your tumbling to be the same way. Um, and I know Rusty’s, uh, standing full is probably very, very similar. Like it’s, it’s like riding a bike for him. He’ll never forget how to do that. Unfortunately, I have a better, I better be able to do by the time I’m 50 or 52. Uh, but at least the standing Tuck, no matter where it’s at, I don’t care if it’s on concrete, I don’t care if it’s in the middle of like a of a basketball floor. Like I can throw a sanding tuck and it’s high and it’s good. Um, uh, same thing. Looked like a toe back. I can still throw a toe back.

I’ve seen this man third toe back in a casino on news. That’s right. That’s right. That’s right. I remember that. So know your skills and know your body. Uh, don’t regress, don’t lose skills. It is the most aggravating thing for your coaches and just as an athlete, Tulsa tumbling lessons, maintain your skills. Um, so safety, uh, there’s, there’s also that where an athlete has a skill or they’ve thrown it a few times and that’s the only thing they want to work on. But there comes a time as coaches where it becomes a safety issue where they have to step back even if they don’t want to and have them perfect their technique and either the skill before that error and going back into drills on the skill that they’re having issues landing.

And we’ve said it hundreds of times in this podcast. That is not a bad thing that there’s nothing wrong with stepping back and cleaning up some of the, actually actually it is, I mean it is honorable for us. Like if you, if you ask us, and I’ve had athletes who, it’s rare but I’ve had athletes do it where they’re like, hey, um, can I just focus on backhand springs today? And you know, it’s not like they were trying to get out of going to that scale, but if they’re not landing, they’re full because they don’t have enough power or they don’t have, you know, it’s, it, it, it’s always going to come back to what is their law. They’re rounded off look like what does their backhand spring look like? You can look at that and if, if the round off and back hand spring are fine, then you look at the full cause there’s always something that leads us onto it.

You got to think of your tumbling pass as like a trip to Disney world. I was telling one of my younger athletes this yesterday. Um, think of it as like a trip to Disney world. You’ve got a long drive ahead of you, right? But once you get to the end, like that’s the exciting part. That’s the fun part. But if you don’t take care of your car, if you don’t, uh, you know, put air in your tires and you don’t change your oil and you don’t take care of it, you’re not going to get to the, to Disneyworld and your round off is a lot like that car. If you don’t look at the, the little things that you’ve been doing for so long, taking care of that round off, making sure that you have power out of it and you change it, you might not even get to the end. You might not even get to that last skill. So safety, safety is paramount when it comes to these. So do everything as they come. So you run your hurdle that believe it or not, your hurdle is a, is a motion that you have to hit, um, round off. Then keep getting your chest up and going into your backhand spring and then getting your chest up and going into that next scale, whatever that next goal might be. Um, you have to, or you have to focus on the things as they come.

Yes, and we’ve touched on it a little bit earlier, podcasts, uh, that we train here as the safety falls. If you are, get too much power out of any skill in your over rotating or your, have a chance of going to your back. I’m not reaching behind you and trying to slow yourself down a tumbling. You have a lot of power, you have a lot of momentum. So trying to use just your arms to slow down that momentum can be some of the most brutal injuries you’ll ever see. So we do safety, fall, witch’s, Chin to chest, tight, hollow body. And it might knock the breath out of you, but you’ll be able to get back up and keep tumbling.

Well and you know, your arms are like the smallest extremities that you have. So to put all your weight, and I’m a big boy, but putting all my weight into my arms. Um, and we’ve seen it, we’ve seen it a couple times where kids, even though they’d been taught that safety fall, they still automatically want to put their arms back and then their elbow pops the opposite direction. Yeah.

It’s training. Same thing. Just training a safety fall as if it’s a skill as it fits around off. Yeah. That way you subconsciously know to do that when it happens. Yup. Uh, tumblers know their body, the more advanced tumblers, uh, figure out air awareness to where they’ll know if they’re halfway upside down, what they have to do to safely land. Uh, knowing that body, knowing that air awareness is a big part of it. Knowing when to rotate, when not to rotate and to protect your head,

keeping your eyes open is a big part of that. Tulsa tumbling lessons, I know athletes who are really, really good who keep their eyes closed. Um, but that is a, that’s a rare thing to know your air awareness like are rusty was talking about with your eyes closed is um, almost like a, a spidey sense or, or, uh, you know, some super power. Um, so try and keep your eyes open when you’re tumbling that way whenever you’re going around for that rotation, whether it’s a, a tech or a layout or a full, you’re not sweeping those feet up underneath you and, uh, and over rotating, you know, you’re not landing short. You’re able to see the ground and know, you know, where to place your feet. And of course, conditioning, preparing your body for the landings. Um, we can’t stress this enough. You’re tumbling is hard on your body, so to keep you safe.

That’s why we have conditioning. Uh, we don’t always necessarily consider conditioning to be like a, a, a punishment. Sometimes it has to be, but, um, most of the time it’s not. Most of the time it’s just us trying to prepare your body for your next skill or your landing or protecting your knees, keeping your shoulders strong for the backhand springs. Um, make sure your conditioning, whether it’s on your own, Tulsa tumbling lessons, at home, make sure you’re conditioning at, at practices. Uh, and, and you know, conditioning isn’t always going to await a weight room. There’s lots of things that you can do without even wakes just using your own body weight. So, um, safety, safety, safety. It’s super important to us clearly. Uh, we, we preach it in our classes at our schools and our privates. We want you guys to stay safe because if you’re not safe and you get hurt, then that puts a really, really, really long a hindrance on your tumbling career.

Yes, you only have a certain amount of years to tumble, to do cheerleading. So you don’t want to spend any of that time injured,

right? Especially if you know you’ve got tryouts coming up, you’ve got a competitions coming up, you’ve got maybe a college to look forward to. Um, it’s all about the risk versus reward. If the risk is too high and it’s not worth the reward, then take a step back, work on some other things. But if you, the reward is worth it, Tulsa tumbling lessons, to push for that next skill and your coach thinks it’s safe and you are confident enough, then it’s time to, it’s time to move on to the next thing. So if you’re interested in finding out more about us justice tumbling company or rusty and Colton, you can check out our website that’s just tumbling co.com

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