Gymnastics Injury Rehab and Prevention
Due to the intense demands of the sport, gymnastics has one of the highest injury rates. While gymnastics injuries can occur to any part of their body, a gymnasts’ limbs are most at risk. Some of the more common injuries include:
- Cartilage damage
- Knee pain and injuries (ACL tears)
- Spinal fractures and herniated discs
- Nerve damage (burners and stingers)
Other areas that are prone to injury are joints. Almost any joint in a gymnasts’ body can be injured. Wrist, finger and hand injuries include dislocations and fractures. Ankles can be sprained or broken, and the Achilles tendon can tear. Shoulder instability and labral tears are common. Vertebra can fracture, a condition called spondylolysis. If untreated, it can cause severe pain and nerve damage.
It is important to remember that due to the amount of time spent competing and training, a gymnasts’ aches and pains should be be treated early, before they become injuries. Once they have been injured, a physical therapist is the best person to guide them to recovery. They can also help them to prevent injury, or re-injury, from occurring by treating muscle imbalances. Don’t play through the pain, contact any of our clinics for a free injury screening.
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