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Answering Your Injury Questions (Community Q&A Part 2)

Today on the podcast we are continuing the popular series on the Q&A series answering people’s questions directly from the community. 

Each part is 30 minutes and I’ll be answering five of the most common and biggest topic questions that all people in the gymnastics community have asked.

In this episode, we’re going to dive into injuries.

I get a ton of questions from parents, coaches, medical providers, asking about different gymnastics injuries.

Back pain, growth plate issues, shoulder injuries, impact stuff, and how to identify, help, treat and prevent injuries in the first place. 

I took five of the most popular questions that I had received that come up a lot from different people and tried to go through them and give my best advice. 

This particular episode is going to answer a lot of people’s questions that they have about prehab and back injuries or shoulder injuries and return to sport.


  • Josh asks: Many of the boys that I coach are starting to get shoulder problems, two have been diagnosed with labral tears in their shoulder, what prehab exercises can I do to prevent this? 
  • Amy asks: My daughter is 12 years old and is starting to complain about lower back pain when she tumbles or does beam back walkovers. She’s also working a lot of yurchenko’s and back handsprings on beam for her series and thinks that is where it started, what can we do about it?
  • Anonymous asked: I’m a medical provider working in the NCAA and Achilles injuries, including Achilles tears continued to be a huge problem for our team. Given your experiences and the new research projects, you guys have put out what should we be doing to help reduce this risk?
  • James asks: I’m a PT who is working with a lot of gymnasts, and all of them seem to struggle with knee or ankle-related pain during landings. What can we do as medical providers to help this out? I feel like as soon as the rest and are getting better, two months later, they are back in my office with the same type of pain.
  • Kara asks: What is your process for getting a gymnast safely back to training, there isn’t any great literature on return to sport guidelines? And it’s really overwhelming to do as an athletic trainer working with gymnasts.

To listen to the podcast on iTunes, Spotify, or Stitcher click below:

Answering Your Injury Questions (Community Q&A Part 2)


Hope it helps!

– Dave

Dr. Dave Tilley DPT, SCS, CSCS
CEO/Founder of SHIFT Movement Science