Our Best Braces for Tumbling

girl tumbling on beam
By Fara Rosenzweig

Gymnastics and cheer are more similar than many may think. The one big difference is cheerleaders usually wear skirts and a shell or sweater top while gymnasts wear a leotard. Both athletes jump, kick and tumble, whether it’s for performance or competition.

Since there is no offseason for gymnastics or cheer, many young athletes suffer from slight strains to major injuries from overuse, poor technique or wrongful landings—especially those who tumble.

Tumbling places a great deal of pressure all over the body—especially the wrists and shoulders. Chronic pain can lead to severe injury, which we don’t want to happen.

Wearing supportive gear can take the load off of the wrists and shoulder, allowing gymnasts and cheerleaders to focus on their form and technique rather than pain.

Chronic Wrist Pain or Sprained Wrist

DonJoy Performance Double Wrap Wrist – The DonJoy Performance Double Wrap brace provides compression and support to chronic pain or sprained wrists. The double-wrap design offers support for weak wrists, but doesn’t feel stiff. The design doesn’t limit movement, so cheerleaders and gymnasts can still tumble without restraint, there’s just a little extra support to keep the weak wrist from giving out. It’s easy to take on and off and simple to clean.

Elbow and Arm Support

DonJoy Performance Trizone Elbow – The DonJoy Performance Trizone Elbow helps take the pressure and load off of the elbow from tumbling. The hybrid design combines compression and bracing in a single sleeve. The carbonized bamboo circular knit construction increases blood flow, which reduces the chance for swelling, while regulating heat. Three distinct compression zones which include: a stability zone with strategically placed injected silicone to provide support for the elbow joint and the benefit of enhanced proprioception, a compression zone which improves circulation and provides mild support to the joint structure and surrounding muscle tissue, and a comfort zone that provides lighter compression for enhanced fit and better range of motion. Ideal for: strains, swelling and inflammation, tendinitis and soreness.

Chronic Knee Pain or Patella Injury

DonJoy Reaction Knee Brace – The DonJoy Reaction Web, which comes in a wide array of colors, shifts weight away from the painful areas in the knee. The webbing design is made to absorb shock, which is ideal for those who tumble and jump constantly. It’s comfortable and breathable, easy to put on and take off, and can be worn on either the right or left knee.

Chronic Knee Pain or Patella Injury

Aircast A60 Ankle Support – A sprain is bound to happen, whether landing wrong or from overuse. The Aircast A60 provides the most support at the weakest area of the ankle. Sleek stabilizers, located on either side of the ankle, are molded at a 60-degree angle to help guard against ankle sprains and rollovers. The lightweight, breathable design enhances your comfort because it easily fits in athletic footwear without creating additional bulk.

Chronic Ankle Pain

DonJoy Performance Trizone Ankle – The DonJoy Performance Trizone Ankle is ideal to wear if you suffer from mild pain during activity. The design combines compression and bracing in a low-profile single sleeve, to increase ankle stability while helping to reduce pain. Fits in all shoe types, can be worn on either foot, and is easy to take on and off.