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3 Easy Breathing Drills For Gymnasts to Correct Over Arched Back Positions

3 Easy Breathing Drills For Gymnasts to Correct Over Arched Back Positions

Gymnastics News Network I work with a lot of athletes struggling to correct very overextended lower back and anterior tilted pelvis positions. In itself, I really don’t think a little bit of overextension and forward hip position is a huge deal. However, when it becomes really exaggerated and the athlete loses their ability to reverse this posture it can often create ...

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Understanding and Combatting the Elbow Injury Epidemic in Gymnastics (Part 3)

Understanding and Combatting the Elbow Injury Epidemic in Gymnastics (Part 3)

Gymnastics News Network Over the last few weeks, I have been sharing some of my thoughts on elbow injuries in gymnastics. If you haven’t read Part 1 (find it here) and Part 2 (find it here), I would be sure to check those out. Today, I’m going to close out the article series with 2 more hugely important points about ...

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The #1 Cause of Overuse Injuries and Burnout in Gymnastics, and How To Help

The #1 Cause of Overuse Injuries and Burnout in Gymnastics, and How To Help

Gymnastics News Network   Every year at the middle point of the competitive gymnastics season, I get a huge influx in emails from coaches and parents regarding their gymnasts having large spikes in overuse injury rates and burnout. They also report a lot of fatigue in their gymnasts, saying that despite their best efforts the gymnasts they work with are ...

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Download My “Gymnastics Myofascial Release Checklist”

Download My “Gymnastics Myofascial Release Checklist”

Gymnastics News NetworkBy far the most common problem I see gymnasts face is a progressive loss of muscle flexibility as a natural response to training. Over time gymnasts naturally acquire stiffness in certain muscle groups, and I constantly see that these areas are not being addressed regularly. The problem is that neglecting to take care of these muscular areas leads to performance ...

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Announcing the Brand New SHIFT Online Educational Center! Launching March 6th

Announcing the Brand New SHIFT Online Educational Center! Launching March 6th

Gymnastics News Network Readers may have noticed that I’ve been under the radar for the last few months. This is true, but it has been for a good reason. I have been working like crazy the last six months to finish up a huge project, and I’m excited that it’s finally ready. On Monday, March 6th, I will be officially launching the “SHIFT ...

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Slider Tuck Throughs : Video Quick Tip!

Slider Tuck Throughs : Video Quick Tip!

Gymnastics News Network   This week I wanted to share a quick post one of my favorite shaping based strength exercises. It is by no means new, as sliders and these types of exercises have been around forever. Slider Tuck Through variations are something I have put into our strength in some form once per or twice per week. Here are ...

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Increase Leg Power and Safety with Reactive Depth Jumps

Increase Leg Power and Safety with Reactive Depth Jumps

Gymnastics News Network   After posting a very popular article on 5 of my favorite lower body power exercises, I had a lot of people contact me asking if I could break down a few exercises further. Today, I wanted to share an exercise I think needs to be a staple in many ground-based jumping sports like gymnastics. They are called “reactive depth ...

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Healthcare Quick Tip – Unique Eccentric Exercise for Proximal Hamstring Tendinopathy in Gymnasts/Dancers

Healthcare Quick Tip – Unique Eccentric Exercise for Proximal Hamstring Tendinopathy in Gymnasts/Dancers

Gymnastics News Network I have worked with quite a few cases of proximal hamstring tendinopathy and/or ischial apophysitis in the last year. The cases I work with tend not be the “Type 1” running/sprinting based mechanisms commonly seen and discussed in literature, but more the aesthetic based sport population like gymnastics, dance, and so on. These “Type II” proximal hamstring tendinopathy’s are ...

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5 Leg Exercises to Build Explosive Power for Gymnastics

5 Leg Exercises to Build Explosive Power for Gymnastics

Gymnastics News Network Explosive lower body power and the ability to dissipate high force are both crucial factors for gymnastics success.  On the women’s side, 3 of the events are primarily leg driven with substantial benefit given to those athletes that express and absorb high force. On the men’s side, huge tumbling passes and notable increases in vault / dismount difficulty have demanded athletes develop more lower body ...

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From Clinic To Practice 6: Chronic “Hip Flexor Strains” in Gymnasts

From Clinic To Practice 6: Chronic “Hip Flexor Strains” in Gymnasts

Gymnastics News Network  One of the areas I have spent the most time researching, treating, and brainstorming on is hip pain in gymnastics. When first starting to treat many gymnasts, I couldn’t quite seem to wrap my head around why so many athletes suffered from chronic, debilitating “hip flexor strains” and groin pain that caused them to lose months of training. By studying ...

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