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Are Ankle Weights, Oversplits, and Aggressive Hip Flexibility Drills Bad for Gymnasts? Why & What To Do Instead

Today on the podcast is Physical Therapist and former Collegiate gymnast Kaysha Heck, PT, DPT, SCS discussing hip flexibility and injuries. Kaysha has unfortunately had a lot of hip injuries herself as a result of outdated flexibility methods…
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Hip Injuries in Gymnastics – A Complete Guide

Hip pain is extremely common in gymnasts. Despite the research saying that only 3.1-5.7% of all injuries in gymnastics occur in the hip, the reality is that it is much more common. Injuries like hamstring growth plate inflammation (ischial apophysitis),…
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Severs Disease, OsGood Schlatters, Shin Splints, and Running/Impact Related Injuries with Kevin Coughlin, DPT

Today on the podcast is Kevin Coughlin DPT, ACSM-CPT, C-PS, a Performance Physical Therapist and expert in running-related injuries.  Kevin graduated from the University of Massachusetts Lowell with a Doctorate in Physical Therapy and is…
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Free 10 Minute Ankle PreHab Circuit for Gymnasts!

I get asked all the time what stretching, exercises, and balance work is best for gymnasts to help reduce the risk of ankle injuries. If you look at the research (more here and here) ankle injuries are definitely one of the most common injuries…
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Treating Hip Pain in Athletes – Part 2 (Special Testing)

Today on the podcast, we are bringing you part two of our Hip Medical Inservice.  Which is training I provide for doctoral students at Champion Physical Therapy clinic in Boston to educate medical providers on different injuries in gymnastics. Last…
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Treating Hip Pain in Athletes – Part 1 (Anatomy and Exercise Patterns)

Today on the podcast we are taking a little bit of a detour and bringing you some medical information.  As many people know, I'm a Physical Therapist and a Sports PT that works with a lot of athletes, gymnasts, baseball players, soccer players,…
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Back Pain in Gymnastics – A Complete Guide

Lower back pain is something so many gymnasts struggle with.  Depending on the research study you read, between 71% - 96.6% of all the injuries reported are to the lower back. Most literature puts lower back pain as the second or third most…
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Knee Injuries in Gymnastics – A Complete Guide

In gymnasts, the knee joint has the highest rate of "severe" injuries. Unfortunately, this refers to injuries tending to cause the most tissue damage and pain when they occur. Many knee injuries also tend to create the most missed time from…
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Ankle and Foot Injuries in Gymnastics – A Complete Guide

Ankle and foot injuries are one of the most common problems gymnasts face. Depending on the study you read, up to 50% of all lower-body injuries in gymnastics occur at the ankle and foot. When you look at the sport, it makes sense. It is full…
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The Need to Change Landing Deductions in NCAA Gymnastics for Less Knee and Ankle Injuries

Changing how gymnasts are taught to land, in an effort to reduce the risk of serious knee injuries like ACL or meniscus tears, is something that has been talked about for the last 10+ years. I was very grateful and humbled to be asked by…