Combating Achilles Tears In Gymnastics (Pt II): Pre-Hab Techniques and How To Help Possibly Reduce Injury

Last week in Part I of this post I outlined my thoughts on what some contributing factors may be to a gymnast suffering  an Achilles tear. I talked about some of the aspects related to the forces of gymnastics, biomechanical problems a gymnast may have like missing mobility, jumping and

Combating Achilles Tears In Gymnastics (Pt I): Investigating Possible Contributing Factors

The high rate of Achilles tears in gymnastics is something that has always blown my mind. As a gymnast going through high school and college, it seemed that every few months I heard about someone else loosing their season because they ruptured their Achilles. With new research and lots of information

Tackling Faulty Lower Spine and Hip Posture in Gymnasts (Part I): Links To Injury and Possible Contributing Factors

 The very first post I ever put up on this blog was about hip flexor mobility restrictions, and it had some information related to improper posture in gymnasts. It concerned how a lack of hip flexor mobility can contribute to both decreased skill performance, and possibly some injuries. Although that

Impact Based Ankle Pain in Gymnasts: Understanding Why and Possible Ways to Assist with Injury Reduction

In another post I wrote last week, I discussed how ankle instability and chronic ankle sprains  can be problematic for gymnasts to deal with. This week I wanted to continue on that path addressing another common  problem, ankle pain related to impact activities like landing, dismounting, and tumbling. There are certain

Prevention of Traumatic and Progressive Knee Injuries In Gymnastics: Assessing Risk Using Jumping, Landing, and Squatting Technique

This week I wanted to write about a topic that I feel is by far one of the most important issues for injury prevention within gymnastics.  Teaching proper jumping and landing mechanics to gymnasts is crucial to help young athletes prevent both traumatic knee injuries (caused by one event) and

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