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Is It Possible to Produce High Level Gymnasts Without Sacrificing Health?

I'm going to flat out say it, that this is the question of the year for gymnastics. Every single person in the sport of gymnastics is grappling with this. Coaches, medical providers, gymnasts, parents, and outside spectators. In the last year…
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Increase Split and Shoulder Flexibility with These Easy (Yet Not Commonly Used) Exercises

Hip flexibility for better splits or leaps, overhead shoulder flexibility for better handstands, and behind the back flexibility for better pommel or bar swings are very common issues many gymnasts or coaches face. I've spent many years in…
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My Favorite 3D Hip Strength Exercise - Dynamic Side Plank Clamshells

I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday and New Year! Today I wanted to talk briefly about one of my favorite exercises I have started use a lot: the dynamic side plank clamshell. This is a combination of a few exercises, aimed to recruit certain…
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Physical Preperation Must Haves for Gymnasts - A "10 Quick Tips" Guest Post by Nick Ruddock

Today, I'm excited to bring you Part 2 of the guest post series from my good friend Nick Ruddock. In his last guest post, Nick went over some fantastic points about preventing a toxic gymnastics training culture, and instead turning it into…
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Does Positive or Negative Coaching Style Increase Injury Risk in Athletes?

Today I wanted to quickly touch on a really interesting article I read last month. In The British Journal of Sports Medicine, a paper titled "Is there a correlation between coaches leadership style and injuries in elite football teams?" looked…
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Turning Toxic Gym Environments to World Class Cultures - A "10 Quick Tips" Guest Post by Nick Ruddock

Today, I'm incredibly excited to be featuring a long-awaited guest post from my good friend Nick Ruddock. In my 20 years of gymnastics, I've been fortunate to witness some of the most incredible examples of world-class training environments.…
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10 Quick Tips - Safely Developing Hip Flexibility in Gymnasts

I've written some pretty in-depth articles on my thoughts related to hip flexibility research, injury mechanisms, and in gym methods, I think are useful. If you want to check them out, take a peek here, here, and here. Also, if you want to…
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Online Access to the Gymnastics Physical Preparation Masterclass with Nick Ruddock is Now Available!

Last month I had the huge honor of being invited to speak in the United Kingdom along side Nick Ruddock. Nick has over 12 years of experience coaching at the elite and Olympic level of gymnastics. He has consulted with 12 gymnastics federations,…
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8 Important Gymnastics Training Take Aways from the U.K. Physical Preparation Masterclass

This past weekend I had the great pleasure of joining Nick Ruddock of Nick Ruddock Gymnastics in the United Kingdom to guest speak at his Physical Preparation Masterclass. For those that are not familiar, Nick was the former Great Britan junior…
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Are Oversplits Bad for Gymnasts? Combining Science and Real Life in the Gym For Safe, But Effective, Split Flexibility Methods

Talk about a catchy blog title, right? Before anyone thinks I'm here to set fires, I'm not. The goal of this blog post is to give gymnastics and the medical world information, tools, and practical strategies to approach the topic of split and…