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Quick Overhead/Posture Pre-Hab for Gymnasts - Wall Angel Progressions

One of the common trends I see in a lot of gymnasts I work with are issues in their middle spine (thoracic spine) and shoulder blade. Many times the gymnast gets "wide back" and rounded forward chest, with the shoulder joints sitting forward/rotated…
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3 Reasons Why Not To Stretch Toe Point In Gymnasts With A History Of Ankle Sprains

I wanted to blog quick about a scenario where it might be a good idea NOT to stretch a gymnasts ankles for a toe point. Ankles are one of the most frequently injured body parts in gymnastics with a variety of injuries from getting crunched…
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5 Easy Screens for Detecting Back Pain in Gymnasts

It's widely known that lower back pain is a huge problem in both male and female gymnastics.  Despite more education coming out and progress being made, I unfortunately still treat a ton of gymnasts weekly at Champion for lower back pain.…
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Video Quick Tip #2: A Gymnast's "Shoulder Flexibility" Has Much More To It Than Just The Shoulder

The info and video in this post came about because I'm in the process of putting together a really cool 4 part article series about shoulder pain in gymnasts. I think it would be helpful for all coaches/gymnasts to approach training with their…
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Gymnast Care Podcast With Dr. Josh Eldridge Part 2.

About a month ago, I posted the link to Part 1 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…
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Is Arch Up Type Conditioning Contributing To Back Pain In Gymnasts?

I did them growing up..arch ups, uppers, lowers, back extensions hanging over blocks, you name it. As a coach, I also had a lot of my girls do it just going on what I learned. Stuart McGill's work has been out for some time now, and based off…
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Muscle Up Mobility and Progression Article with Dr. Dan Pope

Hey everyone, Last month I got asked by my good buddy Dr. Dan Pope if I would help him out to work on a muscle up article for his website Fitness Pain Free. The article highlights some good mobility, stability, and progression work people…

How A Gymnasts "Tight Hamstrings" May Really be A Core Control Problem

Something really interesting happened to me the other night at the gym during practice, and I wanted to share the story. One of my level 8's told me that she has "really tight hamstrings" and that for some reason no matter how much she stretches…

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…

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…