It’s what we see on tv that is deceiving. The sport appears to be one of only glamor and endless admiration. Each move is performed with a flawless precision that seemingly only a small percentage of our population can attempt. For many, its the highlight of the olympics, for others its just another trivial sport exhibition.
Despite the popular assumptions, the way of the gymnastics world is just about the farthest thing from glamorous or trivial. For olympic gymnasts, a majority of them end up retiring at young ages due to the intensity of this sport. Granted, there are a number of benefits of this practice, but in the long run they are far outweighed by the drawbacks. Behind the glitter, a hot debate brews regarding the malicious effects on a young female in this seemingly impossible sport.
Gymnastics is undoubtedly one of the most abusive towards the body, simply because of its demanding diet, physical stress and lack of social/emotional connections.