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

Follow Up To Gymnast with Shoulder Instability and Pain During Overshoots, Plus Shoulder Performance Drills

A few months ago I posted an article related to general hypermobility/instability causing shoulder pain in one of my level 9 gymnasts. I brought up some concepts that I think are very important related to flexibility training, dynamic stability, motor control, and the importance of technique in training. I’m happy to say that she is

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.

Top 10 Blog Posts of 2014: Celebrating Year 1 of The Hybrid Perspective!

It’s incredible to think that I have had the blog up and running for just over a year. Starting back from when I left National Congress in 2013 and launched the first post, I would have never imagined the site would take off like it has. I’ve had incredible opportunities come

Are Dips and "Skin The Cat" Type Stretches Dangerous For Female Gymnasts?

I’ve been brewing on this topic for over a year now, originally sparked one of Eric Cressey’s articles on the possible dangers of using dips with baseball players.  Reading that article and some other literature made me start to scratch my head as to why many female gymnasts do a ton of dip work for

Up Your Gymnast's Shoulder Game: Reverse Bear Crawls, Reverse Plank Slider Crawls, Wall Walk Ups

Overhead shoulder strength and stability needs to be an essential component of every gymnasts skill work. Gymnastics is really unique in the fact that it makes the upper body and arms function as closed chained, or weight-bearing, systems. Training handstands is super important, but progressive conditioning and overhead stability work

Screening Overhead Mobility in Gymnasts (Application of The JBJ Approach To Handstands Pt 3)

Last month I started writing about how I apply the Joint by Joint Theory proposed by Gray Cook/Mike Boyle into a basic gymnastics movement, the handstand. In Part I (find it by clicking here) of this article series I went over some background info, and talked about the key role of

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