Ok - I don't think I can watch my dd practice anymore!!! She has only had 2 big falls tumbling in all the years she has done gym and I was there watching for both. Last night they were just warming up back layouts b/c they are starting to learn fulls. Then on one of them, as she described it - she just kind of spazzed out. She got up really high, was upside down (seemed like she was floating there forever), then came down right on her neck. I actually screamed, everyone who was there gave one big collective gasp, her coach turned white, etc. She bounced right back up and said, "I'm ok, I'm ok" and actually started laughing- which she does sometimes when she gets freaked out. The thing she was most upset about was her tongue was bleeding b/c she bit in when she landed. She realized she was ok (I'm sure she will be very sore today though) and she went back and tumbled again. First just did back tucks, then layouts and then ended up doing layouts with 1/2 turn. She told me in the car that she was kind of scared doing them after that but knows that all gymnasts are going to get hurt sometimes and that if you let the fear in, it's all over. She is one tough kid. Of course I think it took a good 5 years off my life. Maybe that is why once kids hit optionals the parents watch practice less and less !!!