most common injury for Olympic gymnasts?


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. …

Gymnastics injury incidence during the 2008, 2012 and 2016 Olympic Games: Analysis of prospectively collected surveillance data from 963 registered gymnasts during Olympic Games

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reducing Gymnastics injuries

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

Click through for specifics:

6 Ways For Gymnastics Coaches To Better Prevent Injuries

related – 5 Of The Most Common Gymnastics Injuries & How Best To Prevent Them

are coaches willing to CHANGE?

I go to a lot of Gyms. A lot of excellent gyms.

Many coaches are doing many things right.

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


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preventing injuries and gymnastics advice

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.

Gymnastic Injuries and Gymnastics Advice

Gymnasts injured before arriving College

We have a very dangerous sport.

Thanks Greg.

College gymnasts – narcotic pain meds

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. …


the parents of Nassar victims

… How could the parents of these girls have been in the room while Larry abused their child – and not know it was happening?

… change into loose shorts, lay down on the exam table, on her stomach. Larry would drape her with a towel.

“I would be looking at that as, ‘Oh, he’s respecting her modesty by covering her.’ ”

… Kaylee had tried to tell her mom about Larry five years ago, when she was just 13.

Right after her third appointment with Larry. …

Believed – The Parents

Dr. Sloan Beard – GymnastFix

Dr. Sloan Beard, DC, MS, CCSP. from Alabama competed for Ball State. Now a chiropractor, she knows all about injuries.

Click through to listen to her interview.

related –

Click PLAY or watch Sloan on YouTube.

how the criminal doctor was finally caught

… the beginning of the end comes in the summer of 2016, thanks to three things: a tough police detective, a dedicated team of journalists in Indiana, and a homeschooling mom from Kentucky.

That mom is Rachael Denhollander. She’s also a lawyer and a devout Christian. …

Believed – How He Got Caught

I’m still astonished that American medical associations took so little of the blame. ☹️

in defence of icing injuries


I’ve read the articles. But still recommend ice to athletes in most of the same situations we did in the past. It often helps.

Dr. Dave Tilley is still proscribing ice.

He links to this article by Mike Reinold:

… 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. …

Is Icing an Injury Really Bad for You? What the Science Says

Ice plunge?

At University of Saskatchewan we would use it for a new strain / sprain, but never full body.