Dave Tilley interview

Many of Dave’s posts are lengthy and medically intensive.

I like his interview with The Routine Podcast as he talks of the BIG PICTURE in our sport.

reducing ACL injuries

Dave Tilley interviews one of his medical colleagues on the topic.

Lenny Macrina on reducing ACL injuries. Lenny is a Physical Therapist, Certified Strength and Conditioning Coach, and a highly acclaimed researcher.

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube. (1hr)

Some highlights posted on the Masters of Sport Facebook group:

  • The weak point in the chain is the growth plate.
  • We must do better time management with how many hours we are asking adolescent athletes to train.
  • We need periodization more than ever! Athletes need the time to rest, athletes need the time to recover.
  • How much is too much?
  • Base line data helps reduce the risk of injury
  • Teaching proper jump and landing techniques can reduce the rate of injury …
  • … safe landing asks for the feet to be should width apart
  • Use all muscle groups to help land
  • The Code of Points is aesthetically based, not medically based.

Rebeca Andrade ACL

One of the best gymnasts in the world – her 3rd ACL injury.

On Floor at Brazilian Championships.



…  “The team will continue to work together.

We have already talked with our team of coaches and doctors to put the recovery plan together for Rebeca immediately after the surgery. Firstly, it must be stressed that she is very strong and confident in her recovery, ” …

There is video. The twist was not poorly landed .



NCAA sport – injuries before College

The majority of gymnasts have had a major injury before getting to College.

Ours is a youth sport. And a dangerous sport.

Via Greg Marsden

Sam Cerio rehabs to walk down the aisle

Sam Cerio is walking down the aisle at her wedding this summer.

That’s the plan, anyway. …

“It’s definitely not something that I’m going to let define me,” she said.

“I don’t want people to remember me as the girl that got injured, because that’s not what I’ve done here. I’ve done so much more, and I feel like I’ve done so much more, at Auburn. …

Sam Cerio set to graduate, refusing to let adversity define her

Click PLAY or watch career highlights on YouTube.

the Caster Semenya debate

The majority of experts I’m hearing feel Caster should be allowed to compete against women.

Caster Semenya has claimed gold in the Diamond League‘s 800m women’s final, in what was her last race before the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) imposes controversial new rules limiting testosterone in female athletes.

The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) this week dismissed an appeal by the South African to set aside the IAAF’s regulations, which will require athletes with differences in sex development to take medication to reduce their testosterone levels.

The new rules, which have sparked a fierce backlash, will come into effect on Wednesday.


… After the race, Semenya was asked by the Daily Mail’s Riath Al-Samarrai whether she plans to take medication to comply with the IAAF’s regulations and she said, “Hell no.”

BBC’s Ade Adedoyin was told by Semenya that she has no plans to retire and plans to compete at the IAAF World Championships in September.

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At the Heart of Gold – May 3rd on HBO

I had high hopes for new USAG CEO Li Li Leung.

She asked to be judged not on her words, but her deeds.

Shortly after that statement USA Gymnastics bungled the vetting of a first full-time director of sports medicine and science. That’s a position that would truly help the organization.

A bigger test will be how Li Li Leung handles the public response from Erin Lee Carr’s new documentary. Producers Dr. Steven Ungerleider and David Ulich began this project before the criminal doctor’s accusers came forward.

At the Heart of Gold argues that Nassar succeeded despite the many complaints against him because the people who could’ve done something about them never acted on them.

He belonged to a system that protected him and cared more about his importance in winning gold medals than the wellbeing of the girls he harmed.  …

‘At the Heart of Gold’ centers survivors as it condemns those who protected Larry Nassar

Leila needs Scoliosis surgery

Leila Bennadi from West London is a successful elite gymnast with Heathrow Gymnastics Club.

Sadly, Leila has recently been diagnosed with severe Scoliosis, which if not treated, will not only end her career as a gymnast , but would be life changing. Worryingly, given the rate of progression of the curve in her spine, if not treated immediately she will be outside the parameters for treatment.

She needs a new treatment called Vertebral Body Tethering (VBT) which is not available in the U.K.


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