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
The 1/2 kneeling palov press out is something I put in our girls strength and conditioning programs a ton because it’s a great “bang for your buck” exercise. When done properly it can help promote anterior hip mobility, a proper core position, and address the commonly overlooked rotary stability component
This concept was originally sparked for me after watching and reading some of Mike Reinold’s work relating to injuries in major league baseball. The concept has lots of angles, but in a simple way (from what I gathered) he brings up how the problem with high injury rates in major league baseball might not
About a month ago, I posted the link to Part 1 (find the first podcast by clicking here) of this podcast with Dr. Eldridge. We talked about some really interesting concepts about gymnastics injury, training, issues related to strength and conditioning, and my using integrated gymnastics pre-hab in your gyms.