Gymnastics is a unique sport that requires a tremendous amount of strength and flexibility. Gymnasts work hard to become powerful athletes but challenging and repetitive training can sometimes lead to injury. Some of the most common injuries are due to overuse or overtraining and include low back pain, chronic hip flexor strains, Achilles tendonitis, and many others. Dismount skills from the beam and bars or quick paced dance and flexibility skills can also lead to impact injuries such as sprained ankles and knee ligament injuries.
Comprehensive Movement Assessment for the Competitive Gymnast
MOVEMENT & FLEXIBILITY
|Assessment of common pain "hot spots" for gymnasts such as the shoulder, low back, and ankle. Injuries to these areas are common and may lead to weak muscles and overuse injuries.||Gymnasts have great flexibility! But sometimes too much flexibility in one area leads to tightness and stiffness in other areas like the upper back and front of the hips. This can affect posture and cause pain during and outside of gymnastics.||This assessment is designed to detect risk for injury as well as diagnose musculoskeletal dysfunction as it relates to the sport of gymnastics. If required, a referral to Physical Therapy will be provided.|
PRE-CONCUSSION BASELINE TESTING
Everyone has a crash landing once in a while, but sometimes a little rest isn't enough to get your gymnast up and flipping again. If your athlete gets a concussion it can be helpful to have baseline information on cognitive function. The SCAT5 is a quick baseline screen that is repeated after a concussion to determine deficits and if Physical Therapy is appropriate to aid recovery.
To discuss your treatment options, contact one of our sports injury focused Physical Therapists. Call or text 309.231.0676
important information About concussions
Due to the potential for forceful impact, participants are at risk for concussions. It is important to seek medical advice after a head injury and physical therapists are part of the team of trained healthcare professionals that can treat this condition.
Together, your healthcare professional and your physical therapist can:
- perform baseline concussion testing including screens for cognition, concentration, memory and the neurological system.
- evaluate and treat post-concussion symptoms to help athletes safely progress back to normal sports participation.
For more information, read our Concussion page.