The National Olympic Committee’s head physicians and the medical teams of the Local Organising Committee of the Olympic Games reported daily the occurrence (or non-occurrence) of newly sustained injuries in artistic, rhythmic and trampoline gymnastics on a standardised report form during the 2008, 2012 and 2016 Summer Olympic Games.
During the three Olympic Games, 81 injuries were reported in a total of 963 registered gymnasts …
Thirty-eight per cent of injuries led to time-loss from sport. The most frequent injury location and injury type were the ankle (22%) and sprain (35%), respectively. …
Brette Warshaw posted an excellent overview on how to reduce injury:
1. Focus On Avoiding Overuse 2. Balance Out Your Gymnasts’ Strength (reduce muscular imbalance) 3. Track Your Gymnasts’ Growth
4. Never Stop Educating Yourself & Your Fellow Coaches
5. Take Fear Out of the Equation Early On
6. Empower Your Gymnasts
My last visit was to a club where only one of the competitive team had anything taped. It has a reputation for keeping girls in Gym through High School.
When I watched training my main feedback was to KEEP doing what they are doing: good basics, safe landings, good handstands.
That said, none of us are the best coach in the world. We should all constantly be evaluating and tweaking our training plans.
Some advice from Dave Tilley:
1. Everyone Taking On More Accountability and Self Awareness
2. Eliminate the Say-Do Gap
3. Pushing Athletes Hard But Intelligently
4. Collaborate, and Give Everyone and Equal Voice in Training Decisions
5. Critique Athlete Behavior, Not The Athlete
6. Don’t Value The Opinion Someone Has of You More Than Your Opinion of Yourself
7. Don’t Be Afraid of Very New, and Very Different, Ideas
Based in the UK, Gymnastics Rescue is a site provided by medical professionals geared towards gymnastics parents.
Each year, over 100,000 gymnastics-related injuries are treated in hospitals, doctors’ surgeries, clinics and hospital emergency rooms in the USA alone. Gymnastics is a popular sport all over the world. This site is for gymnasts and parents of young gymnasts who would like to learn about treating and preventing gymnastic injuries. Their is also a wealth of nutritional information and associated articles.
According to the recently released NCAA National Study on Substance Use Habits of College Student-Athletes, the proportion of women’s gymnasts who reported using narcotic pain medications — nearly 18 percent — is the highest among student-athletes in any sport.
Overall, the use of pain medication, both prescribed and nonprescribed, has decreased among student-athletes since the release of the last NCAA substance use study in 2014, but health care professionals still are examining how best to manage pain among college athletes. …
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… Ice isn’t the bad guy. Yes, we tend to apply ice in some situations that probably doesn’t help and claim we do so for the wrong reasons. But the bottom line is that there are several benefits to ice, and ice has not been proven to impede the healing process as many claim. …