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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…
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If A Gymnast with Elbow Pain Has These 3 Things, It's Time for a Checkup

There is no doubt that in the last decade, the rates of elbow injuries in young gymnasts has seemed to skyrocket. More than ever, overuse injuries like OCD (Osteochondritis Dessicans), stress fractures, and growth plate injuries like triceps…
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Treating Extension Based Lower Back Pain and Spondy Fractures in Athletes

Today I'm really excited to give people a podcast I think is going to provide a lot of value. I recently got asked by Dr. Zach Tallie to join his podcast, Max Effort Rehab, to talk about all things extension based lower back pain and spinal…
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Understanding and Combatting the Elbow Injury Epidemic in Gymnastics (Part 3)

Over the last few weeks, I have been sharing some of my thoughts on elbow injuries in gymnastics. If you haven't read Part 1 (find it here) and Part 2 (find it here), I would be sure to check those out. Today, I'm going to close out the article…
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Understanding and Combatting the Elbow Injury Epidemic in Gymnastics (Part 2)

After publishing Part 1 of this article series last week, I was completely blown away to see the response it got. Along with making it's way around to thousands of people on social media, I also got quite a few emails asking questions about…
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Fixing Bridges and Preventing Back Pain - 5 Common Issues and How To Address Them

A good bridge is a fundamental part of gymnastics. Unfortunately, it is also a movement that gives coaches, healthcare providers, and athletes a lot of problems. Back pain with bridges and other hyper extension skills is a huge issue within…
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High Level Gymnast With Shoulder Pain During Releases and Chronic Wrist Pain: From Clinic To Practice #5

It's been a while since I did another case study "From Clinic To Practice" type post. I wanted to get back to them, as readers send me a lot of positive feedback when I write them. During the middle of the season, I had a level 10 gymnast…
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New Overhead Weight Bearing Shoulder Stabilization Exercise

Here is a stabilization drill I have started to use a lot to help weight bearing overhead athletes train dynamic stability. Many times the forces of handstands, impact, or other axial loads are very high and as a result injuries come up,…
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Screening Overhead Mobility Update For Coaches and Clinicians

When working with a client, it's important to assess overhead mobility in positions relevant to their sport or activities. After reading some newer research, learning some techniques from Mike Reinold, and playing around with applications in…
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Why Gymnasts Must Change How They Land

The topic of how a gymnast should land continues to be controversial for many coaches, gymnasts, and judges. I'm not the first person to bring this up, as my good friend Dr. Josh Eldridge as well as Rick McCharles have written on this up before.…