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
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.