One of the most common areas I see gymnastics overlook is reactive balance control work, especially in the frontal plane. During strength programs, we usually are good a programing larger muscle groups and even preparing for power/speed. We often time overlook how huge reactive balance work is for both performance
I’ve been playing around a lot with these sloped board drills lately, in an effort to help build foot and arch control. Very often gymnasts live in constant toe point position, leading to ankle dorsiflexion mobility restrictions and trouble controlling the rate of pronation. I think it’s very important that
Dr. Josh Eldridge and I recently sat down to record a Google Hangout and chat about the information we will be covering in our upcoming Gymnastics rEvolution Seminars. We ran down our weekend schedule and shared some ideas related to coaching, training, healthcare concepts, and some other things we think people are
The forces that go through the feet and ankles of gymnasts are pretty enormous. Research suggests the ground reaction forces as well as tissue loads may be multiple times body weight depending on the skill or event. The number of repetitions the gymnast is subject to per day/week is also quite high
A few weeks ago in Part 1 of this article, I talked about some factors related to a gymnast I treated for impact based ankle pain. I talked about ankle dorsiflexion mobility, tibial internal/external rotation, the role of proper squatting and landing mechanics, and toe mobility influences. I wanted to keep the
I got a lot of great feedback from the first installment of this series, which was related to a gymnast with recurring lower back pain following a healed stress fracture. I recently had another evaluation for a gymnast who started getting pretty intense ankle pain with high impact tumbling during training.
I’m in Tampa with our girls gymnastics team (which is ridiculously humid but lots of fun), but I wanted to blog quick about a scenario where it might be a good idea NOT to stretch a gymnasts ankles for a toe point. Ankles are one of the most frequently injured body parts in gymnastics with a variety of injuries