Entries by Dave

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Full Gymnastics Hip and Shoulder Flexibility Lecture Now Available

Safely improving hip and shoulder flexibility in gymnasts to get new skills or better scores is one of the most common questions I get. It can be one of the most confusing things for gymnastics coaches and medical providers to tackle, especially when the internet has access to 100s of drills and people’s opinion on […]

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Download My New Return to Sport Protocols for Back Pain in Gymnasts

Without a doubt, one of the hardest and most confusing things for everyone in artistic gymnastics is how to return a gymnast to training safely following a back injury. Issues ranging from simple muscle strains all the way to more complicated stress fractures, spondylolethesis, and symptomatic disc bulges with irritated nerve roots can me really […]

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Back Pain in Gymnastics with Dr. Stuart McGill: Mechanisms, Evaluation, and Training

I am incredibly excited to share with listeners an interview with someone who I have looked up to for many years, Dr. Stuart McGill. Dr. McGill has a PhD from the University of  Waterloo and is one of the most internationally known researchers in spine biomechanics, having worked at The University of Waterloo for over […]

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My Best New Tool for Gymnastics Performance and Injury Risk Reduction

I was going to hold off on publishing this until I developed the pieces more, but I honestly think that it is too important to wait on sharing with the gymnastics world. I wish I could say that injury rates and burnout rates have dropped over the last 5 years in gymnastics, but it’s not […]

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Have More Productive Practices and Hit Routines with These Gymnastics Cardio Essentials

Developing cardio systems in gymnasts is beyond important, for both performance and safety. On the performance side, better endurance allows gymnasts to make it through full routines that have high-level skills. It also is what allows them to make it through an entire meet or practice without burnout out. Thinking beyond this, having a good “engine” […]

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The 3 Biggest Nutrition Mistakes for Gymnasts and How to Help

Nutrition is by far one of the most important, yet most intimidating topics in the sport of gymnastics. It serves as the foundational base for gymnasts to fuel themselves properly, be able to train hard, and also then be able to recover their bodies so they can perform well. As I have talked about in […]

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Dr. Ali Arnold’s Best Advice for Getting Gymnast’s Over Mental Blocks and Managing Fear

There are a handful of universally frustrating things in gymnastics that make gymnasts, parents, and coaches equally stressed out. One of them is mental blocks on skills, or trying to help gymnasts take control of their fears. Dr. Alison Arnold is one of the most internationally known mental health providers in gymnastics and has helped […]

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Danusia Francis Shares Her Advice for NCAA and Elite Gymnastics Success

I was really fortunate to meet Danusia Francis last year when speaking at GymCon with Miss Val and Nick Ruddock. For those of you who are unfamiliar with Danusia, she competed for Great Britain as an international elite, spent 4 years with UCLA Gymnastics under Miss Val, and has also competed in the 2016 Olympics with […]