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 about from the website, have learned a ton, and also have met some awesome people in the process. With the site tipping over about 130,00 views across 150 countries, I can’t begin to thank the readers and supports of the website. There are a lot of really cool projects lined up for 2015 ranging from putting together workshops, guest posts/interviews, and collaborations for content. As many blogs do around this time of year, here are the top 10 posts from 2014.

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Top 10 Posts from 2014 

10. EDGE Mobility Tools, Dr. Erson Religioso, and Gymnastics Extension Example

  • This was a post related to the work I follow from Dr. Erson Religioso, and showed how I was able to clear up one of my gymnasts hip flexor tightness with a few manual therapy techniques.

9. Are Gymnasts Being Limited By Strength & Conditioning That Isn’t Individualized Enough?

  • Here I touched on some concerns I have thought about related to mass assigning strength and conditioning for gymnasts. Also talked about why as coaches I feel we need to make sure each gymnasts program fits their ability/strength levels,  along with offering regressions/progressions for exercises to increase performance and reduce risk of injury.

8. 3 Reasons Why A Gradual Return To Gymnastics Following Injury Is Key: Pain Science, Tissue Adaptation, and Psychology

  • A more recent post where I discussed how we need to have an individualized return to sport program following gymnasts who injuries. I combined some thoughts related to pain science, and also touched on some adaptation concepts.

7. How A Gymnast’s “Tight Hamstrings” Can Really Be a Core Control Problem

  • One of the biggest hits to the website, talking about how hamstrings (and other areas) can appear to be “tight” when in reality it may be the brains protections mechanism against instability or perceived threat. People seemed to like this especially as many gymnasts appear to remain inflexibility despite lots of decision to stretching/mobility work.

6. From The Clinic To Practice: 11 Take Away Tips From A Recent Gymnast’s Lower Back Pain Eval

  • A follow up post to an evaluation I did for a gymnast who felt returning pain after suffering a stress fracture over a year ago. I tried to take the main points from her eval and offer them to readers in an effort to be proactive during gymnastics training.

5. 5 Reasons Why I Don’t Push My Gymnasts Down During Splits – Part 1

  • This one spiked quite a bit of feedback and emails from the gymnastics community. Over the last 2 years with more continuing education in movement science, I have held back pushing aggressively on my gymnasts during splits, and many other forms of stretching. I tried to offer some of my rationale into why, and Part 2 offered some alternative methods.

4. Wrist Pain In Gymnastics: Understanding Contributing Factors and Tips To Help

  • A post that went into how important it is that we monitor wrist pain in our gymnasts.  A host of problems can come up quick as gymnasts spend lots of times on their hands for skill work. Inherently the arm chain is not nearly as equipped to handle heavy weight-bearing like our legs are. I talked about some concepts then offered a case study on one of my gymnasts with wrist pain.

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

  • Landing short and crunching ankles is one of my least favorite gymnastics memories. In this post I went over why it’s not good to work through impact based ankle pain, talked about some biomechanics, and then offered readers some ways to be proactive about it.

2. Tight Hip Flexors: Impact on Gymnasts and Addressing the Right Culprit

  • The first post to ever go up on the website back when I first started. I talk about how important anterior hip mobility is, then touched on a few concepts related to make sure your appropriately addressing which specific area may be causing the problem. I think I could go back and add some more tips to this one now that I know more, so maybe in the future I’ll expand on it.

1. Bridge Mobility: Why Your Gymnast may Be Struggling, Possible Injury Prevention for The Lower Back and Tips To Help

  • Bridges are fundamental to gymnastics and also need to be used correctly in skills to prevent a variety of injuries. Along with this a good bridge with even distribution of force helps to generate power and create great gymnastics. This was by far the most popular post on the site, and you can find the ideas above along with some pre-hab for addressing issues within.

Close Contenders 

6 Glute Training Exercises Gymnasts Need To Do Regularly

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

Is Arch Up Type Conditioning Contributing To Back Pain In Gymnasts?

 

Again, I can’t thank everyone enough for reading. I’m looking forward to 2015 and seeing where the website unfolds from here. Hope everyone has a great New Years! Take care,

Dave