From Clinic To Practice #4: Gymnast With Chronic Hamstring Injury and "Tightness" Due To Core Control Issues

I wanted to take a break from my back pain article series for this post, which actually fits in with it perfectly.  A few weeks back I spent the day at Connecticut Gymnastics Academy working with their gymnasts and brainstorming ideas with the owner Brock. Among the assessments I did was an

Rehab Tips For Clinicians To Treat Gymnasts with Extension Based LBP – Part 1: Acute Phase

Extension based lower back pain is one of the biggest epidemics in gymnasts, cheerleaders, dancers, and others. Injuries range from acute muscular strains, to more series acute symptomatic spine fractures. Over the last few years I have seen quite a few gymnasts for lower back pain, and often times clinicians who come

Getting An Elite Gymnast's Hips More Flexible By Not Stretching (Part 1) – From Clinic To Practice #3

Get ready for an awesome case study. Last week I had a junior elite gymnast travel out to get an evaluation, and it turned out to be a fantastic 2 hour eval and treat. Both her and her mom were great, and after they gave me permission to write-up a case study

Live Lecture Clip on Preventing Shoulder Injuries and Developing Overhead Stability from Region 6 Congress

I was fortunate enough to spend the weekend lecturing and learning at the USAG Region 6 Congress. I had three lectures, one of which was a co-lecture related to maximizing a gymnast’s warm up with Brian Pickard of Gymfest Gymnastics. Another lecture I got a lot of positive feedback about was on

Brain Spill #2: Thoughts on Movement Variability, Pain Science, and Overuse Injury

For some reason my reading has taken me a lot into the concepts of movement variability, the role of coordinative and elemental variability, and how this all plays into in skill performance.  I’ve always been curious about how athletes like gymnasts learn and perform such highly complex skills. Closely related to this, it’s also

How Many Impacts and Hyperextensions Do Gymnasts Actually Take?

Another set of the age old questions in gymnastics; “How much is too much?”, “How much is enough to get a skill?”, and “How much until we get nervous about injury?”A big concept that myself and other gymnastics healthcare providers talk about is that we need to be objectively monitoring the

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