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John Orozco Discusses His Elite Gymnastics Career and Offers Advice on Overcoming Injuries

Today on the podcast I am super grateful to be joined by accomplished and noted USA Elite MAG Gymnast John Orozco.

He trained in Colorado Springs for most of his career, winning 3 medals at various world championships and representing the USA at the 2012 London Olympics. 

Unfortunately, John suffered multiple injuries as a gymnast from tearing his Achilles twice and his ACL which meant he had to withdraw from the 2016 Rio Olympics. 

We dive into John’s journey and learn from the experiences that he had, as we try to navigate the current culture change. 

He shares the highs and lows of his career and what he’s learned from them, giving advice to the younger generation of coaches, parents, gymnasts that have young athletes in the sport. We discuss: 

  • How to develop a young, elite-level athlete without putting extra volume or extra numbers on them. 
  • John’s personal guide to getting through injuries.
  • What your younger self wouldn’t admit he needed help with, but your older self wishes you did.
  • The risks of rushing back from injury and how to deal with that as an athlete with the pressures to get back out there.
  • The fear of re-injury. How to not worry about the future? And if it happens again, how do you come back from another tragedy? 
  • What can we do to ensure gymnastics is enjoyable for everyone’s experience? What made training fun and enjoyable for John as an athlete? Because right now, there are a lot of athletes that it’s not fun. It is a chore. It feels like a drag and they are burnt out. 

“Don’t sacrifice your long-term career for your short-term goal.  Taking your time is super important and not letting anybody or anything rush you your recovery, is just not worth it.”

To listen to the podcast on iTunes, Spotify, or Stitcher click below:

John Orozco Discusses His Elite Gymnastics Career

and Offers Advice on Overcoming Injuries


Hope it helps!

– Dave

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