GC 010: Judge Lee Bjella

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Welcome to Episode 10 of the Gymnast Care Podcast!

Judge Lee Bjella judging the Big 12 Championships.

Judge Lee Bjella judging the Big 12 Championships.

Judge Lee Bjella joins us today for an amazing perspective on protecting gymnasts from injury. We don’t often get to hear from this side of the table, but Judge Lee is incredibly concerned with

protecting gymnasts.

Over the years, she has had many questions for Dr. Joshua Eldridge, and she brings them here to the podcast so she can help you understand the judging perspective, and how this molds protection of gymnasts.


One of the major topics we get into is how should gymnasts be landing. We mentioned several resources and here the are:

Landing Error Scoring System by Dr. Darin Padua (pdf slide deck)

The Gymnast Care Book on Injuries

The Gymnast Care Podcast with Dr. Bill Sands

Dr. Josh’s USAG National Congress Presentation on Landing


If you have questions, just like Judge Lee does, leave them below in the comment section. We’d love to answer them!

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.