For gymnasts to perform safely, they need to use accessories that can help them land in safety. One of the safest tools you can find is a gymnastics mat. But gymnastics mats are different from the one you bring outdoor for a picnic.
What is Gymnastics Mats
Gymnastics mat is made up of a piece of foam covered with a leather, vinyl or plastic lining. The thickness is ranging from 1.5 to 28 inches enough to prevent athletes from getting injured.
Mats commonly come in blue color but there are now many options available. There are different mat sizes used in different training and practices. Small types are on the beam while the very large ones are for the foam pits.
These mats can absorb shock that can prevent users from slipping. Without mats, no gymnast can go back home without pain.
Common Types of Gymnastics Mats
Folding Panel Mats
Folding panel mats are thin and firm types that are about twelve feet long. These mats can be folded, hence the name, stacked and attached to the other mats by using Velcro strips. Folding mats are used for practicing tumbling moves and low balance beam routines as it provides a protective surface for anyone working.
Blocks are trapezoid or rectangular in shape mats used as step-stools for gymnasts. They can be attached to each other via straps and are firm enough to give a comfortable feel for players on bar or beam and also during vaulting practices.
Crash mats are extremely thick yet very soft. They can work well in practicing high-impact routines by just bouncing. These kinds of mats are usually used when athletes are learning new skills.
Unlike crash mats, beam pads are thin. They are fastened around a balance beam to give gymnasts additional protection and a wider landing space when working on the apparatus.
Tips When Buying Gymnastics Mats for Home
If you would like to use mats for your home, consider the thickness and dimensions. See to it you purchase one that will fit in your area. Folding mats or panel mats might be good as it can be folded to fit any space. However, you can still opt for other types for a more comfortable practicing.