GC 009: Your Questions Answered! #6 Is Going to Help Your Athlete Learn to Communicate!

Your Questions Answered!

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Welcome to Episode 9 of the Gymnast Care Podcast! We are excited you’ve joined us on our journey to protect gymnasts from injury. Gymnastics is a difficult sport and we want to make it as easy as possible for you to protect your gymnast.

Here’s the questions from this listener generated podcast:

Question #1

I’m a women’s artistic coach and mainly coach pre-pubescent girls. We’re generally quite low on injuries but do have some nagging heel pain, some weak ankles and lower back posture issues. Any advice to deal with these would be great, but I’m interested in general advice as well.

Question #2

I have a 10 year level 8 gymnast who is struggling with hip and hamstring pain. We have iced it and are seeing a chiropractor who uses active release treatments and it seems to be helping. She also has had heel pain in the past and sat out 6 weeks- I wish I had known this information a year ago! I have shared it with several of her teammates parents.

Question #3

I’m an elite coach in the UK and am really interested in getting your injury book shipped over. Is this possible? If so what would be the cost please?

Here are the Gymnast Care Book on Injury Links:

UK Amazon, Book on Injuries

Digital Copy of the Gymnast Care Book on Injuries, Video Edition

USA Amazon, Book on Injuries

Question #4

This is really interesting timing as my daughter has just been diagnosed with Sever’s disease after a tumbling accident. We have been told rest is the only option until it stops hurting.  Her coach has advised her to come in and do upper body conditioning.  Any other advice would be appreciated.

Question #5

Hi- I’m a mom of a level 3, 9 yr old girl. She broke her upper humerus doing a back handspring in May. She is competing well but is complaining of a sore elbow in the tendon areas for the past countless weeks on same arm she broke. We hope to take it easy after state at the end of month.

Question #6

My biggest challenge with my gymnasts is teaching and coaching them on how to communicate with their coaches when they are hurt and understanding then pushing through it it is too much but also learning how to deal with high intensity workout fatigue. they want to impress their coaches and not “get into trouble”.  another issue is trying to get the gym and coaches to follow a system for immediately addressing an injury, reporting procedure (parents and other coaches), and next steps to prevent it next time and/or to assess medical treatment required etc.

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If you have a question for us, just leave it in the comments below! Thank you for joining us on this session of the Gymnast Care Podcast!

Dr. Joshua Eldridge

About Dr. Joshua Eldridge

Dr. Joshua Eldridge has specialized in protecting gymnasts from injury. He is the inventor of The X Brace, and has developed a treatment protocol for Sever's disease and heel pain that has helped thousands of gymnasts throughout the world. Dr. Eldridge brings practical, easy injury care and prevention that can be done at home.