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10 Quick Tips - Reducing Injury Risk During Gymnastics Season

I'm really excited to be getting back into writing more content in the next few months. I asked a lot of readers what was the most helpful, and one thing they mentioned was "Quick Tip" type blog posts. People seem to really like being able…
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3 Easy Breathing Drills to Correct Over Arched Back Positions

I work with a lot of athletes struggling to correct very overextended lower back and anterior tilted pelvis positions. In itself, I really don't think a little bit of overextension and forward hip position is a huge deal. However, when it becomes…
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Why Do So Many Gymnasts Struggle with Rib Flaring During Skills? 5 Reasons Why and How to Help

There are a few issues in gymnastics that I think every coach, athlete, and parent recognizing as a problem. One of the most common is the concept of rib flaring. This refers to a shape that has an over-arched lower back, and usually comes…
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Renegade Rows for Core Strength and Horizontal Pulling Balance

Today I wanted to quickly share another one of my favorite go to exercises when working with athletes of all kinds. It is used to build core strength, core control, and upper body horizontal pulling strength This exercise is called a renegade…
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Video Quick Tip! Side Plank 1 Arm Rows

Today I wanted to quickly share one of my new favorite exercises I got from the strength coaches at Champion PT and Performance. As I've talked about before, it's really important that we are training all aspects of the core equally. As a whole,…
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Combatting Wrist Injuries in Men's Gymnastics: 5 Tips For Training

Wrist pain and wrist injuries are unfortunately a huge issue in men's gymnastics. I personally suffered from a lot of wrist pain towards the end of my career, along with many of my teammates. In the last six months or so I have treated 5 male…
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5 Tips To Reduce Shoulder Injuries In Men's Gymnastics

Although I work with a lot of female gymnasts, I also work with a handful of male gymnast and many have shoulder problems. Unfortunately, I know from personal experience and through college teammates that shoulder injuries run wild in men's…
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Building Off Aly Raisman's Comment on Increased Ankle Injuries - 5 More Reasons To Consider

Aly Raisman said in an interview recently that she hopes the landing rules may change, so that the next generation of gymnasts may not suffer so many ankle injuries. She noted almost every athlete on the national team now tapes their…
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How To Track Growth and Development In Youth Athletes

Tracking growth and development is something that I have written about before. I think that regularly tracking growth from a young age, as well as monitoring other aspects to athletes (resting heart rate / heart rate variability, perceived…
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Tracking Growth and Development To Reduce Injury Risk In Gymnasts

I'm always trying to wrap my head around ways to integrate current literature and science about injury prevention into gymnastics training. One of the areas I have spent a lot of time thinking on is growth and development tracking, and how…