Gymnastic Injuries

Article by John Miller

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Common Gymnastic Injuries

Gymnastic injuries are common. They can be overuse injuries, overstrain or traumatic. Due to the age of most gymnasts, youth injuries that can affect your growth plates need to be thoroughly investigated to ensure minimal longstanding complications.

Gymnasts can suffer injuries to all body parts. A gymnasts extremities are particularly at risk.

Wrist pain and strains are one of the most common gymnastics injuries. Not only are their wrists used for impact in tumbling and vaulting, but also with hanging apparatus such as bars and rings. This can also cause elbow injuries such as dislocation and shoulder pain is common with rotator cuff syndrome common. 

Male gymnasts in particular suffer a condition known as pommel arm, which is aggravated by gripping activities such as rings and high bar and parallel bars. Pommel arm is technically a medial epicondylitis, which is often referred to as golfers elbow.

Ankle injuries such as a sprained ankle are common from landings and tumbling on both firm and soft surfaces with twisting skills requiring instant stopping. Achilles tendonitis or Severs disease is likely due to the large landing and takeoff forces. Achilles tendon rupture is even more of an issue in the ageing gymnast due to the steady tendon cell degradation over time.

Likewise the knee is often under pressure with knee ligament injuries and ACL injury common. Gymnasts are also likely to suffer patella tendonitis or related conditions in the adolescent gymnast such as Osgood Schlatter's or Sinding Larsen Johanssen Syndrome.

Gymnasts are also very high risk of developing long-term lower back pain due to stress fracture in the lower vertebrae.  This back stress fracture is known as spondylolysis and can develop in a life time condition known as spondylolisthesis. Bulging disc injures can also occur.

This may all sound like doom and gloom but it shouldn't. Gymnasts develop wonderful flexibility, core control, all-body strength and incredible skills that few other sports can replicate.

For more information regrading the assessment and management of your gymnastics injury we highly recommend that seek the advice of a physiotherapist with a background or special interest in gymnastics.

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Common Gymnastic Injuries

  • AC Joint Injury
  • Achilles Tendon Rupture
  • Achilles Tendonitis / Tendinitis
  • ACL Injury
  • Adductor Tendinopathy
  • Anterior Ankle Impingement
  • Avascular Necrosis of the Femoral Head
  • Back Muscle Pain
  • Bicep Tendonitis
  • Bulging Disc
  • Bursitis Knee
  • Bursitis Shoulder
  • Calf Muscle Tear
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Chondromalacia Patella
  • Cramps
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Dislocated Shoulder
  • Facet Joint Pain
  • Fat Pad Syndrome
  • Femoroacetabular Impingement (FAI)
  • Gluteal Tendinopathy
  • Golfers Elbow
  • Greater Trochanteric Pain Syndrome
  • Groin Strain
  • Hamstring Strain
  • High Ankle Sprain
  • Hip Arthritis (Osteoarthritis)
  • Hip Labral Tear
  • ITB Syndrome
  • Knee Arthritis
  • Knee Ligament Injuries
  • Lateral Collateral Ligament
  • Medial Collateral Ligament Sprain
  • Meniscus Tear
  • Metatarsalgia
  • Morton's Neuroma
  • Muscle Strain
  • Neck Arm Pain
  • Neck Headache
  • Neck Sprain
  • Osgood Schlatter's
  • Osteitis Pubis
  • Overuse Injuries
  • Patella Tendonitis (Tendinopathy)
  • Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome
  • Peroneal Tendonitis
  • Pes Anserinus Bursitis & Tendinitis
  • Pes Planus - Flat Feet
  • Pinched Nerve
  • Piriformis Syndrome
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Plica Syndrome
  • Poor Hip Core
  • Posterior Ankle Impingement
  • Posterolateral Corner Injury
  • Retrocalcaneal Bursitis
  • Rotator Cuff Calcific Tendinitis
  • Rotator Cuff Syndrome
  • Rotator Cuff Tear
  • Sacroiliac Joint Pain
  • Sciatica
  • Severs Disease
  • Shin Splints
  • Shoulder Impingement
  • Shoulder Tendonitis
  • Sinding Larsen Johansson Syndrome
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Spondylolysis (Back Stress Fracture)
  • Sprained Ankle
  • Stress Fracture
  • Stress Fracture Feet
  • Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Tennis Elbow
  • Thigh Strain
  • Thumb Sprain
  • Tibialis Posterior Tendinopathy
  • Trochanteric Bursitis
  • Wry Neck
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    Common Gymnastic Injury Treatments

  • Early Injury Treatment
  • Avoid the HARM Factors
  • Soft Tissue Injury? What are the Healing Phases?
  • What to do after a Muscle Strain or Ligament Sprain?
  • Acupuncture and Dry Needling
  • Sub-Acute Soft Tissue Injury Treatment
  • Core Exercises
  • Scapular Stabilisation Exercises
  • Rotator Cuff Exercises
  • Closed Kinetic Chain Exercises
  • Active Foot Posture Correction Exercises
  • Gait Analysis
  • Biomechanical Analysis
  • Balance Enhancement Exercises
  • Proprioception & Balance Exercises
  • Agility & Sport-Specific Exercises
  • Medications?
  • Real Time Ultrasound Physiotherapy
  • Soft Tissue Massage
  • Walking Boot
  • ACL Injury Prevention
  • Ankle Strapping
  • Brace or Support
  • Electrotherapy & Local Modalities
  • Heat Packs
  • Joint Mobilisation Techniques
  • Kinesiology Tape
  • Knee Arthroscopy
  • Neurodynamics
  • Prehabilitation
  • Scapulohumeral Rhythm Exercises
  • Strength Exercises
  • Stretching Exercises
  • Supportive Taping & Strapping
  • TENS Machine
  • Video Analysis
  • Yoga
  • FAQs Gymnastics Injuries

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  • What is Pain?
  • Physiotherapy & Exercise
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  • What Causes Post-Exercise Muscular Pain?
  • The Best Core Exercises
  • Heat Packs. Why does heat feel so good?
  • How Do You Improve Your Balance?
  • How Does an Exercise Ball Help Back Pain?
  • How to Strap an Ankle
  • Rotator Cuff: What is it?
  • Sports Injury? What to do? When?
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  • What are Growing Pains?
  • What are the Early Warning Signs of an Injury?
  • What is a TENS Machine?
  • What is Chronic Pain?
  • What is Nerve Pain?
  • What is Sports Physiotherapy?
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    Last updated 18-Apr-2015 01:00 PM

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