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

Swinging/Muscle Up/Kipping Advice To CrossFit Athletes From a PT and Gymnastics Coach

A few months ago, I started this series on some of my thoughts on injury prevention advice for people training gymnastics movements in CrossFit. In Part 1 I talked about general concepts, and in Part 2 I offered some ideas related to handstands. In honor of Power Monkey Camp 4.0

Getting an Elite Gymnast's Shoulders More Flexible By Not Stretching: From Clinic To Practice #3

Last week I posted Part 1 of this article, which was about a gymnast I evaluated with hip mobility issues and ongoing right-sided hip/leg injuries. It was incredible to see such a huge response, with just about 14,000 views in a few days. In that article I talked about how in some circumstances

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

Overhead Mobility Problem or Overhead Control Problem?

Fully open shoulder angles during back handsprings, tumbling, and handstands during swinging events is crucial for great gymnastics. It helps achieve good lines aesthetically, but it also ensures power transfer for dynamic skills. In terms of injury, missing overhead shoulder motion can create local shoulder pain, may be a link with impact

Gymnastics rEvolution Google Hangout w/ Dr. Josh Eldridge

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

Improving Overhead Mobility and Transferring It To Handstands : "Overhead Shoulder Performance Complex" Example

I had a great response from the post I put up a few weeks ago related to improving split mobility through one variation of the “Hip Performance Complex” I have been playing around with. I think this approach to changing movement and building it into skill performance can be really beneficial.

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