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Shoulder Strengthening Exercises for Male Gymnasts

Posted on by Tara Hackney, PT, DPT, OCS, KTTP

Gymnastics is a sport with large demands on the upper body. Male gymnasts especially rely on the strength and stabilization of the upper body for many of their events such as rings, pommel horse, vault, high bar, parallel bar and floor. Research has shown that a gymnast can experience up to 16 times their body weight through their arms during gymnastics events.1 Injuries are often seen at the shoulders in the male gymnast. In addition to overall shoulder strength, male gymnasts need shoulder stability to perform their sport.

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To the Pointe: Common Foot and Ankle Injuries Among Dancers

Posted on by Kathleen Warner, PT, DPT, Performing Arts Specialty

Dancers are often known for the beautiful lines and shapes they can achieve with their bodies. They are able to spin on the tips of their toes and jump high into the air, landing ever so gracefully on their feet. Due to the demands of the sport, it is not a surprise that foot and ankle injuries account for more than half of the injuries sustained by pre-professional and professional ballet dancers.1 Read below to learn about some of the most common foot and ankle injuries that impact dancers.

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Common Wrist Injuries in Male Gymnasts

Posted on by Tara Hackney, PT, DPT, OCS, KTTP

Male gymnasts encounter different stresses on their joints compared to their female counterparts due to differences in the events they compete. In men’s gymnastics, there are multiple events that place stress across the joints of the arm including the rings, high bar, parallel bars and pommel horse.

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Reflecting on Nutcracker Season: Q&A with a Joffrey Dancer

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Aaron Renteria, Joffrey Ballet Company Dancer

Athletico is proud to be the Official Provider of Physical Therapy for The Joffrey Ballet for over 20 years. Through this partnership, our physical therapists are onsite throughout rehearsals and performances, including the busy Nutcracker season, in order to keep dancers healthy and performing to the best of their ability.

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Knee Injury Prevention For Gymnasts

Posted on by Tara Hackney, PT, DPT, OCS, KTTP

Gymnastics is a fun and popular sport for young children and adolescents. As athletes progress in competition, the level and difficulty of skills increases as well as the risk for injury.

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Back to Basics: 3 Injury Prevention Tips for Dancers

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As summer starts winding down, dancers are getting ready to transition to the fall program season. Preparing for the season’s big shows means long hours spent at rehearsals on top of other responsibilities, such as academics, work and household duties.

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Stretching Safely in Gymnastics

Posted on by Tara Hackney, PT, DPT, OCS, KTTP

Gymnasts require more flexibility than the general athlete to perform the necessary skills of their sport. Summertime is a great time to focus on increasing flexibility. Since stretching is an important component of training, it is a good idea to review some of the safest ways to stretch to prevent injury and progress flexibility.

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The Importance of Strengthening the Gymnast’s Elbow

Posted on by Tara Hackney, PT, DPT, OCS, KTTP

Gymnastics offers a unique perspective, even allowing some athletes to see the world upside down!

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