There is an enormous amount of research that has been put out on the health of gymnasts, but this research has not reached the athlete that practices 3-5 times per week at the local gym. We started this endeavor in Monroe, WA at Sky Valley Gymnastics because Jenn, the owner, wanted to see her young athletes stay healthy. We’ve quickly grown into a leading expert in the gymnastics community on keeping gymnasts healthy.
All of our athletes in gym sports will one day move on from the gym, and our goal is to make sure that the time they spent at the gym was an incredible experience, but not one that was riddled with injury. We’re about taking care of gymnast’s health and giving them habits that can help them succeed throughout life!
Meet Dr. Joshua Eldridge
Dr. Joshua Eldridge began working with gymnasts in 2010 during a visit to his wife’s gym. One of the coaches asked if he could examine one of the injured gymnasts. With the help of Jenn Sonneveldt from Sky Valley Gymnastics and his wife Sara, the head coach at the gym, they developed a program for working with athletes directly in their gym. This program has expanded to several gyms and Dr. Eldridge travels the country giving clinics on nutrition, injury care, and landing technique.
Dr. Eldridge is a Board Certified Diplomate of the American Chiropractic Board of Sports Physicians. He earned this post-doctoral certification in 2014 after passing an extensive written and practical exam, completing 300 post-doctoral education hours on sports medicine, over 200 on-field practical hours, and a published peer reviewed paper. This certification is a further advancement from the Certified Chiropractic Sports Physician he earned in 2007 through the American Chiropractic Board of Sports Physicians.
Dr. Eldridge is the inventor of The X Brace, designed to help alleviate the pain caused by Sever’s disease. He has also assembled a protocol that is key in eliminating Sever’s disease and returning athletes to the gym. Dr. Eldridge’s protocol was published by the ACBSP and presented at The Olympic Training Center in 2013. Find out more about The X Brace by clicking here.
In 2013, Dr. Eldridge was named to the USA Gymnastics National Health Care Referral Network and was invited to speak at the 2013 USA Gymnastics National Congress, USAG Region 1 Congress, and USAG WA State Clinic. Dr. Eldridge is frequently featured on USA Gymnastics USA Gym Club Site including articles on Sever’s Disease, Ankle Injury, and Core Strength.
Dr. Eldridge was also featured in USA Gymnastics Technique Magazine, April 2014, VOL. 34 #4, with an article entitled Ankle Sprains and Injuries: The First 72 Hours.
In 2013, Dr. Eldridge developed Stay Fueled, a nutrition program for busy families with athletes. Stay Fueled makes nutrition planning and implementation easy, fun, and extremely affordable. Find out more on getting started at stayfueled.com.
In 2012, Dr. Eldridge spent a 2 week rotation at the United States Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs working with our nations elite athletes as they trained for the 2012 Olympic Games. He had the privilege to work with many sports including men’s gymnastics, para-olympic cycling, wrestling, figure skating, fencing, bobsled and many more. He’s brought back many of the techniques learned there and has implemented them into the gyms in which he has partnered with.
Dr. Eldridge has had the honor of serving in both Iraq and Afghanistan and volunteered in both wars to serve soldiers at troop medical clinics on top of his regular service. During these times, he served the ultimate athletes, while learning incredible attributes of athletes under extreme stress conditions.
Dr. Eldridge is an avid sports enthusiast, is husband to one of Washington States finest gymnastics coaches, and has four beautiful children.
You can find more on Dr. Eldridge’s credentials by clicking here: Dr. Joshua Eldridge, CV 2016