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5 Reasons Why I Don't Push My Gymnasts Down During Splits - Part 1

Bet that title caught your eye as you were browsing. Well it's true, safe to say I haven't really pushed anyone down during splits or much of any flexibility for quite some time now. I had plenty of memories as a gymnast standing up after…
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Gym Quick Tips: Cue Your Gymnast's Core with The Moving Fulcrum Conditioning Drill

As many people who follow my blog may know, I have written about my concerns with doing high volume dynamic arch up type conditioning with gymnasts. This includes lots of arch ups/superman's, uppers, lowers, weighted arching, and so on. Although…
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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…