Springboard Diving VS Gymnastics: What is the Parental Buzz?

Let’s face it, springboard diving and gymnastics share some common ground, however they are entirely different—just ask a parent! Recently our San Diego springboard diving coach Marnie Young sent questionnaires to parents to gain insight and feedback regarding the club and the perception of this amazing sport. The response was overwhelmingly positive and eye opening, especially in the feedback parents gave when asked how springboard diving compares to other sports their kids were involved in. It came to no surprise that gymnastics was the common comparison made by parents, so we decided to explore this topical juxtaposition. Springboard Diving is Safer, Right? Indeed springboard diving is a much safer sport than gymnastics because the risk of injury is significantly lower. When it comes to determining the safety of springboard diving Dr. Wes Zimmerman collected a bibliography on competitive diving, as well as articles and medical records dating back to 1985 and determined that, due to the low rate of injuries, springboard diving is a safe sport if a qualified coach is involved. San Diego springboard diving lessons promote safety and fun above anything else. With a perfect safety record the coaching staff continues to protect students and educate divers in injury prevention ranging from dryland training with trampolines and harnesses, to the takeoff and various somersaults that compose a perfect and safe dive. Although springboard diving is considered a collision sport due to the impact divers make with water on entry, it is much safer because water is softer that the hard ground. Gymnastics and springboard diving both require prime fitness, core strength, spotting skills, tumbling, balance, and a...