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5 Ways For NCAA, Club, and Elite Gymnasts To Increase Competition Season Performance & Reduce Injury Risk

This week’s podcast is a survival guide for club, college, and elite gymnasts to tackle meet season.

In compulsories and younger years you train a little less intensively and meets aren’t as frequent but as you get into optional levels 7-10, elite, and then college the season becomes much more of a grind.

It can be hard to get through a competitive season when you have school, other life commitments, training sessions, traveling to meets plus managing your time with friends, family, and hobbies. 

I’ve been there and remember trying to make lineups, do schoolwork and trying to have a social life was absolutely exhausting.

But I have learned so much since then from studying research, hearing and talking to different experts as well as consulting with various club, elite, and college programs to really understand what the common problems are. 

So I have comprised all this knowledge and research into 5 easy ways to not only optimize your training and performance but also minimize the risk of injury.

I discuss: 

  • The importance of sleep for performance.
  • What are circadian rhythms?
  • The importance of seeing the sun first thing in the morning.
  • Stress management.
  • How to schedule time to relax and recharge.
  • What fuels your work and recovery? And…
  • Soft tissue care and flexibility maintenance


5 Ways For NCAA, Club, and Elite Gymnasts To Increase Competition Season Performance & Reduce Injury Risk


If you want to learn more and get further information on the topics covered in the podcast check out these:


Master Your Sleep & Be More Alert When Awake | Huberman Lab Podcast #2 – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nm1TxQj9IsQ

Sleep Toolkit: Tools for Optimizing Sleep & Sleep-Wake Timing | Huberman Lab Podcast #84 – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h2aWYjSA1Jc

The Food and Body Image Talk Gymnasts and Coaches Must Hear with Christina Anderson, RDN – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GJ9ZZ4qDDWI

What Gymnasts Need for Nutrition with Dr. Josh Eldridge – https://youtu.be/DYwbU3wcZ04


Hope it helps!

– Dave

Dr. Dave Tilley DPT, SCS, CSCS
CEO/Founder of SHIFT Movement Science