Dave Tilley one of the authors of this study.
Gymnastics is a popular sport with high injury rates, especially at the collegiate level. …
The median age of gymnastics specialization was 8 years [interquartile range = 6-11 years]. The proportion of injuries sustained during college did not significantly differ by specialization age.
A significantly greater proportion of early specializers required surgery for college sports-related injuries (60% vs. 44%; p = 0.02).
Forty-two percent of the respondents reported concussion history, and a greater proportion of those with concussion history reported seeking mental health treatment during college (32% vs. 23%; p = 0.03), and anxiety disorder diagnosis (16% vs. 9%; p = 0.01).
Disordered eating history was reported by 34% of the respondents …
Conclusion: Athletes and clinicians should be aware of the long-term effects of early specialization, concussions, and disordered eating in gymnastics as these issues are common in female collegiate gymnasts.Health outcomes among former female collegiate gymnasts: the influence of sport specialization, concussion, and disordered eating