How to Avoid Baton Twirling Injuries

Have you ever wanted to start twirling, but are worried about injuries? Use this guide to try to help you avoid injuries by twirling!

Steps

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    Choose the right size. A simple way to avoid injuries is by making sure your baton is the right size. If you take the end of your baton, stick it under your arm and the other end fits in the palm of your hand, you are good to go!
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    Learn to get out of the way. When you start throwing your baton, practice throwing it up, then quickly moving out of the way before it falls. This helps prepare you for an accident, just in case.
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    Practice outdoors. Never practice inside! This increases risk of broken items and dropping the baton. However, if you are outside, avoid standing next to windows, cars, or pets.
    • The exception for practicing indoors, is to practice in a large, open area that is set up for twirlers, such as gymnasiums. However, if you are a high tosser, avoid low ceilings.
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    Catch the baton with your palm up. When you start to throw and catch it, catch it with your palm up, so it lands without the risk of dropping it on your foot.
    • If you start throwing and spinning before catching the baton, try going high enough that you can spin, but low enough that momentum doesn't take over. Also, if you are trying to spin under your baton, remember to throw and then spin.
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    Practice moving your feet. Twirlers often break toes while practicing complex moves because they forget to move your feet.
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    Practice on a flat area. Never practice on a hill. If the baton were to hit you, you would be hurt and your baton would be gone.
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    Remember, one of the easiest ways to avoid getting hurt and catch the baton, is to keep your eyes on your baton. If it is difficult to see your baton, try using spotting tape, or electrical tape, on your baton.

Tips

  • First try twirling without throwing.
  • Leave your phone or i Pod at least 10 feet (3.0 m) away.

Warnings

  • This guide will help prevent injuries, but getting hurt is still possible.

Things You'll Need

  • Twirling baton
  • Large outdoor space

Article Info

Categories: Baton Twirling