GC022: Explaining the Dangers of Foam with Dr. Courtney Carignan

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are foam blocks dangerous for gymnasts?Explaining the Dangers of Foam

A few weeks ago Gymnast Care published an article by Dr. William Sands and Dr. Courtney Carignan entitle Are Foam Blocks Dangerous To Gymnasts? If you want to get caught up on the information, read it by clicking here: Are Foam Blocks Dangerous To Gymnasts?

This article created quite a stir. (By quite a stir, threats were leveled at Gymnast Care and our own Dr. Joshua Eldridge by very closed minded and insecure individuals!)

So we thought it might be a good idea to find out what the deal is from the expert on flame retardants in foam. Do they pose a threat to our young gymnasts?

So What Are The Dangers of Flame Retardants in Foam?

That’s why we did this podcast. We wanted you as the Gymnast Care Community to be educated on what the dangers might be. Is it serious? Are there potential harms?

Let’s find out!

What’s in Your Foam?

Dr. Carignan has started a website that will help you and your gym find out what’s in your foam at your gym.

How awesome is that!

Check out Dr. Carignan’s site here: Gymnast Collaborative

You can even send a foam block to Dr. Carignan’s team and they will analyze it and send you the results of what might be in your foam and the hazards that might be present.

Clearing Up The Confusion and The Angst

Gymnast Care isn’t about disinformation or about scaring the population. We are about protecting our young gymnasts. Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

Don’t be afraid of new information. Embrace it, and help protect our young gymnasts!

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.