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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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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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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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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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Correction of Muscle Imbalances for Gymnasts and Cheerleaders

Posted on by Sarah Clough

Most people agree that gymnasts and cheerleaders must be very strong and flexible. Although each athlete is different, patterns of tightness and weakness are often found when screening gymnasts and cheerleaders. As with many sports, some muscles will become naturally stronger and more flexible, while others will be weaker and tighter due to the positioning of the skills practiced.  Correction of these muscle imbalances is important to enhance skill level and prevent injury. Read More

6 Tips for a Healthy High School Gymnastics Season

Posted on by Athletico

The gymnastics and cheer seasons’ are underway! Check out our second blog focusing on staying healthy during the gymnastics and cheerleading season. Our second blog by Melissa Winterhalter, PT, DPT, OCS, CSCS, specializes in gymnastics and performing arts. She is a Board Certified Orthopedic Specialist and a NSCA Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist. Read More

Wrist Pain in Gymnasts and Cheerleaders

Posted on by Sarah Clough

The gymnastics and cheer seasons’ are picking up intensity! Check out our first of two blogs focusing on staying healthy during the gymnastics and cheerleading season. Our first blog by Sarah Clough PT, DPT, Cert. MDT, PES, who has a passion for treating gymnasts, trampolinists and cheerleaders, focuses on wrist pain in gymnasts and cheerleaders. Read More

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