How Olympians Recover from Gymnastics Injuries

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Rest Is How The Olympians Deal with Pain

Hello again from Colorado Springs.  I’m at the Olympic Training Center and I’ve just completed day 3!

 I was stunned with how USA Gymnastics Team deals with injury and pain.  Especially the young athletes that are still dealing with open growth plates.  Here’s the secrete sauce:


Now, they do go to practice and they do continue to train, but the don’t do activities that increase their injury pain.  They recover and they work hard on core, landing technique, and their rehab.

But, on top of this, there is absolutely no shame in using the resources available.  When you are injured, truly injured, you can’t feel bad about using the services of Gymnast Care.  The Olympians that experience pain, come in to the clinic and get worked on, regardless of how small the issue is.

Injuries are serious and they need additional resources.  Gymnast Care can provide these for you.  If it’s me (Dr. Josh) helping you with a sprained ankle, low back pain, tight hip flexor, or tight shoulders; or it’s Kristin, from our world class nutritional services for gymnasts, to help you decrease your inflammation and increase your performance, take the time to utilize these incredible services for gymnasts.

Just like when Olympians get injured, they take time to heal…even in season.  You as a club level athlete have to take time to heal.  Don’t miss this opportunity to work on core strength and other important things that will help you be a champion!

The Make Up of Our Olympic Team

So here at the clinic there is an incredible make up of professionals.  Joining me here at The Olympic Training Center on this rotation are a physical therapist named Carol, and a Certified Athletic Trainer named Dave.

Tell me this isn’t fate: Dave just had a study he was involved in published in the Journal of Athletic Training on the effects of fatigue on landing in females!

How incredible is this!  Today we had an amazing talk on how we can better test our gymnasts to protect them from knee injury!

I can’t wait to bring these techniques back to the Northwest!

Don’t forget that if you have any questions on what’s happening here at The Olympic Training Center, or there’s something you want to know about, please don’t hesitate to ask!

Until tomorrow, keep working hard!.

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.