GC 007: Dr. David Tilley and Prehab for Gymnasts

Dr. David Tilley and Prehab for Gymnasts

Dr. Tilley’s website: The Hybrid Perspective¬†

In Session 7 of the Gymnast Care Podcast, we sit down with Dr. David Tilley. Dr. Tilley has implimented prehab in his gym. Prehab concentrates on preventing dr dave copyinjuries before they begin.

From his beginnings as a gymnast to his education that has brought him to the point of realizing the importance of protecting the gymnasts body, Dr. Tilley’s journey is remarkable and his ideas on preventing injury are great.

Show Notes

Below are some of our notes from the show. Leave a comment below if you have a question for us or Dr. Tilley.

Email Dr. Tilley: dtilley@baystatept.com

Dr. Tilley’s Favorite Books

Spark by John Grady

Handbook of Sports Medicine and Science, Gymnastics (Olympic Handbook Of Sports Medicine)Sports Medicine Handbook for Gymnastics by Dennis Caine

Here’s some of what was talked about in this session:

“It’s impressive what gymnasts do daily that we see on TV!”

Some of the people that have influenced Dr. Tilley’s work:

Gray Cook, Functional Movement

“If you can get them when they’re young, you can try to prevent [injuries]”

Deep wells: Abnormal, ingrained movement

Prehab for Gymnasts

Prehab must be integrated into training. Take common injuries and break them down. Give the gymnasts exercises, rehab in the gym if range of motion or soreness occurs, and proactively give them injury.

The problem can make a gymnast plateau in their skills and cause injuries.


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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.