1. LISTEN TO YOUR COACH
The majority of gymnastics injuries at the recreational level occur because you aren't listening to what you are supposed to do and where you are supposed to be.
2. STAY ALERT
Be aware of who is in front of you and behind you before you do a skill.
3. KNOW YOUR LIMITS
Sometimes you may feel like everyone else can do something that you aren't ready to do yet, but that doesn't mean you should try it just to fit in. Ask for help from your coach!
4. TRUST YOUR COACH
If your coach says you are not ready to do something, trust them. Do not attempt to do something you are not prepared for and never ever attempt new skills at home or without supervision. Instead, ask your coach what you need to do to be ready for that skill. Once you demonstrate the appropriate strength, flexibility, and progress, your coach will be happy to show you the next steps.
5. REPORT YOUR INJURIES
Always, always, always tell your coach if you get injured in the gym - even if it's small and doesn't seem like a big deal. Your coach needs to know what happened, monitor your injury, and give you guidance on how to avoid repeating the mistake.