Recent Advances in the Evidenced Based
Evaluation and Treatment of Lower Back Pain in Gymnasts
How to help gymnasts get over their low back pain
and Return to the sport they love
A Step by Step System For Evaluating, Treating and
building return to sport programs for gymnasts with lower back Injuries
"Evaluating and Treating Back Pain in Gymnasts answered every question I had about assessing, evaluating, and treating gymnasts for lower back injuries.
If you are a clinician struggling to treat gymnasts, you're not alone. I used to think treating gymnasts for spine injuries was an impossible equation.
But Dave has done all the work to give us the exact step by step process, exercises, and hands on treatment tools to help gymnasts get out of pain and back to the sport they love.
It is packed full of evidenced based resources, videos, protocols, and case studies.
I promise you will not regret enrolling in this course, the content just couldn't be more thorough"
Doctor of Physical Therapy and Gymnastics Coach
"I can't recommend Dave and his new gymnastics low back program enough, my daughter wouldn't be competing in college gymnastics without it. My daughter's low back pain started when she was 13, training as a Level 8 . Despite doctors saying her imaging was 'clean' and just telling her to rest, the pain always came back.
After doing this for months, one practice she got shooting leg pain after a bar dismount, and another MRI from a different doctor showed a missed L4 stress fracture. Following 6 months of bracing and trying to get back to the gym, her pain came back immediately despite another scan showing no re-fracture.
I was desperate to help her achieve her dream of college gymnastics. That's when I found Dave, and the rest is history! He gave her a full evaluation, provided specific exercises and drills, and then built a progressive program back to gymnastics. I'm happy to say that Kaleigh has just finished her freshman year as part of an NCAA gymnastics team."
Mother of College Gymnast
A brand new 12 hour online course for medical providers who want learn exactly how to evaluate, treat, and build return to sport programs for male and female gymnasts with back pain.
This course is approved for 10 Category A credits by the Board of Certification for Athletic Trainers, and is pending approval for 9 CEU by the Federation of State Boards for Physical Therapy.
Main Highlights of
Evaluation and Treatment of Lower Back Pain in Gymnasts Online Course
5 Modules with 10 hours of Lecture and lab Content
Module 1 - Literature and pathology Review
Module 2 - Evaluation and Movement Assessment
Module 3 - Subacute and Acute Rehabilitation
Module 4 - Advanced Rehabilitation and strength & Conditioning
Module 5 - Return to Sport, Maintenance, and Prevention
19 Downloadable Protocols, PDFs, Case Studies, and Worksheets
Rehabilitation Protocols - Specific to Injury Subcategories
Lecture PDFs - Slides For every lecture Presentation
Case studies - Male and Female gymnast Examples
Return to sport skill progressions - specific to injury and male / female
Downloadable templates - for Return to sport and home programs
gymnastics screening worksheets - for clinic and club use
Stop feeling overwhelmed and frustrated when trying to help gymnasts with back pain
The rates of lower back pain in gymnastics are terrifying, being as high as 85% in some studies. Even worse is the massive negative
impact back pain has a gymnast's health,
performance, and their entire life.
Back injuries are one of the biggest contributing factors to prolonged pain, frustration, and gymnasts quitting the sport due to concerns for their long term health.
A lot of it comes down to the fact that gymnastics is one of the hardest sports in the world. It requires young athletes to do hundreds of repetitions of high force skills per week, almost year-round. Huge compression forces and extreme ranges of motion have been measured in the lower backs of gymnasts when performing common skills.
For medical providers, it’s is quite a daunting task to help gymnasts struggling with these injuries. With such a complex sport that has high forces, high repetitions, and even higher numbers of hours spent in the gym,
As a medical provider, it can feel impossible to find ways to help.
i've been exactly where you are, and it's not fun.
As a former collegiate gymnast, I had really bad back pain that caused huge headaches. As a gymnastics coach, I've unfortuantely had athletes quit because of their back pain. And as a medical provider, I've treated well over 500 gymnasts for a variety of back injuries.
I know these feelings of frustration all too well. To say it feels awful awful is an understatement.
I know exactly what that stomach turning sensation of frustration, being overwhelmed, and feeling terrible is like when a gymnast is sitting in front of you asking for help, but you honestly don't know what else to say or do.
Like many other medical providers and allied health professionals, it truly breaks my heart to see the devastating impact that these injuries can have on the gymnasts and their families.
When I was a younger clinician, I knew I wanted to help gymnasts with back pain having gone through it myself, and because I was both a coach and Physical Therapist who knew the sport gymnastics.
Despite hours and hours of researching and trying to find answers, nothing I tried seemed to be making a long-term change in the rates of re-injury and quitting for gymnasts I was treating .
I distinctly remember when one of the gymnasts I coached and treated for back pain called me crying.
She had just been diagnosed with a significant stress fracture, and that due to new pains in her legs and concerns from her doctor, her family and her had decided she would be quitting gymnastics and no longer pursuing competing for a college team she had worked her whole life for.
It absolutely crushed me.
I was supposed to be the coach and Physical Therapist who had the answers to help. But because I lacked an evidenced based system, any gymnastics specific rehabilitation protocols, and the tools I needed, I was unable to successfully work with her.
And this kept happening in some way, shape, or form over the next 6 months.
It is also unfortunately a common story for so many medical providers and gymnasts around the world.
I get hundreds of emails and messages from medical providers, parents, and coaches, who are completely lost on how to get help gymnasts with their back pain.
Thousands of gymnasts around the world struggle with back pain. When they go to well intentioned health care providers to get help, clinicians often research what to do...and come up empty handed.
It leaves gymnast, clinicians, parents, and coaches struggling to find solutions and a result feeling really frustrated.
They may find a handful of exercises or other techniques that temporarily reduce pain, but they can not find a gymnastics specific, step by step system to evaluate, treat, and build specific return to sports programs for these athletes.
get a step by step, evidence based system to evaluate, treat, and build return to sport programs for gymnasts
So after seeing so many gymnasts struggle with back pain, and after being frustrated with not having the tools I needed to help them, it lit a fire in me.
I decided it was time to create a new, gymnastics specific, evidenced based system to help gymnasts with their back pain.
I was lucky that I had mentors who worked in other professional and Olympic sports, and that I also was friends with elite level gymnastics coaches.
Over 5 years, I took all that they had learned, and also spend endless of hours researching, taking courses, and treating hundreds gymnasts with back pain.
After many rounds of trial and error, this new system was finally starting to get real results.
I started being able to help gymnasts who had been to multiple doctors and health care providers get out of pain and back to full gymnastics training.
Not only this, they went above and beyond their previous performance level (which their coaches and parents were happy about as well).
By giving them a specific movement diagnosis based on talking with them, doing a head to to evaluation, identifying the gymnastics skills that hurt, and then building a step by step rehabilitation protocol followed by a gymnastics specific objective return to sports program, I started really seeing amazing results.
I started seeing gymnasts cry tears of joy that they didn’t have to quit gymnastics, instead of tears of frustration that they may have to give up the sport they love, a community with their friends, and an environment that taught them important life values.
The one that really hit home for me was when 5 years later, one of the gymnasts I coached who was in her senior year of college suddenly had a really big flare up back pain in the middle of her competitive season.
She was completely knocked out of training, and was terrified that she was going to miss her last final year as the captain of her team.
Thankfully with this new systematic approach to her back pain, and a lot of great supporting people on her team of providers, I was able to watch her compete in her senior meet and enjoy a positive end to her career.
It was one of the best moments I had as a medical provider having had a gymnast in a similar position quit 5 years ago because I didn’t know how to help her.
I want medical providers all over the world working with gymnast to have that exact same feeling.
I want them to feel confident in their ability to help gymnasts, and share the same joy I had when they can help a gymnast get out of pain.
I want to give them the exact system
and step by step process I have seen help hundreds of gymnasts with back pain, so that they can change the lives of gymnasts they work with.
This is exactly why I build my brand new course,
Recent Advances in the Evidenced Based Evaluation and Treatment of Lower Pain in Gymnasts.
What's inside the course?
Module 1 - Introduction, Spine Biomechanics, and Pathology
- Literature Review, Blending Spine Biomechanics and Pain Science (Lecture Video)
- Spinal Pathology and and Testing (Lecture Video)
- [Guest Lecture] - A Physicians Perspective on Injuries, Imaging, Bracing, and Injections (Lecture Video)
- A Physical Therapy Perspective on Evaluation and Treatment (Lecture Video)
Module 2 - Subjective and Objective Assessment
- Subjective Examination Questions for (Lecture Video)
- Global Movement Evaluation (Lab Video)
- Local Spinal Evaluation (Lab Video)
- Kinetic Chain Breakouts (Lab Video)
Module 3 - Acute / Subacute Rehabilitation Concepts
- Goals and milestones of acute / subacute rehabilitation (Lecture Video)
- Education for posture, load, and pain science to desensitize tissue (Lecture Video)
- Soft tissue care, breathing drills, and basic exercise progressions (Lab Video)
- Advancing core and hip exercise progressions (Lab Video)
- Building home programs for hip and shoulder flexibility (Lab Video)
- Extension, Flexion, Compression, and Traction Rehabilitation Protocol Downloads (PDF)
Module 4 - Advanced Rehabilitation / Strength and Conditioning Phase
- Goals and milestones of Advanced Rehabilitation / S&C Phase (Lecture Video)
- Rebuilding Extension, Landing, and Flexion patterns (Lab Video)
- Using Medballs and Beginnger Plyometrics for Advanced rehabilitation (Lab Video)
- [Guest Lecture] - A Strength coaches perspective on Post Injury Strength Programs (Lecture Video)
- Teaching Squatting, Hinging, Split Squats, Single Leg RDLs, Hip Bridges, Loaded Carries, and Advanced Plyometrics (Lab Videos)
Module 5 - Building Return to Sports Programs and Maintenance Care
- Building Gymnastics Specific Return To Sport Programs Following Back Injuries (Lecture Video)
- Tips for Challenging Cases During Return To Sports (Lecture Video)
- Preventing Back Pain in Gymnastics (Lecture Video)
- Complete Case Studies for Male and Female Gymnasts with Back Pain (PDF)
- Referral and Screening Flowchart Worksheet Downloads (PDF)
- Skill Progression Worksheet Downloads (PDF)
- Return to Sport and Home Program Template Downloads (PDF)