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Former Gymnast, Coach, and Exercise Scientist Hannah Kraby

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Welcome to episode 37 of the Gymnast Care podcast. My name is Dr. Joshua Eldridge, your host for today’s show.

Some of the things you’re going to learn in today’s episode are why movement is so critical, what a gymnast wishes she knew when she was in gymnastics and ways to optimize performance and protect from injury through proper and great movement.

Today is a very special show because we have one of my former gymnasts, who started as a gymnast, and has now become a gymnastics coach, and is getting ready to graduate with her degree in exercise physiology.

She was a sponge when I would come to her gym and give a seminar on jumping and landing, core control, and nutrition, and now, she’s a second-generation Gymnast Care Provider, passing amazing information on to the third generation of gymnasts and this is so much fun for me.

So my special guest's name is Hannah Kraby and we’re...

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Dr. Joshua Eldridge on Heel Pain and Knee Pain in Gymnasts

As our special guest listening to this episode, I'd love to give you a free gift. You can download our Knee Pain Quick Tip Sheet or our Heel Pain Protocol Quick Tip Sheet. Just click below on your choice:

  1. Heel Pain Protocol Quick Tip Sheet
  2. Knee Pain Quick Tip Sheet

Gymnast Care Podcast Episode 36

Welcome to Episode 36 of the Gymnast Care Podcast. It’s been a while since our last podcast, but we’re excited to be back here for what we’re calling Season 3.

To start off January 2019, we’re giving away our Amazon Best Selling book, Because She’s Worth It: A Nutritional Guide for Parents with daughters. Click here to get your free copy of Because She's Worth It for FREE! In the past, we’ve given away the digital copy, but this giveaway is the actual hard copy of the book which so many people have found amazing help with. The only thing we ask you to help with is the shipping and handling at 5.99.

One of the other cool things we’re doing...

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Gymnast Movement Screen

Get Ready for This Season

What Is Mobility?

Mobility is your gymnast's ability to move. Optimal mobility is your gymnast's ability to move not only protected, but at full gymnastics range of motion.

Here's the deal: Most of your gymnast's mobility is not helping them be amazing in the gym, or be protected from injury.

Less Than Optimal Performance & Injury

Every season, many gymnasts start by not having worked on their movement, and 2 months into the season, they're injured, limping around, and having to miss practice.

As a parent, you might be spending hundreds or thousands of dollars in medical bills, and time (that if you're anything like me you just don't have) to take your gymnast to the doctor!

Let's Get Them Screened

So let's get your gymnast screened. It's easy, and it's FREE because you're part of our Gymnast Care Team.

So why get screened? Here's a few reasons:

  1. Find out where your gymnast is struggling in their movement
  2. Find out if there is a movement that might be a...
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New Study: Ultra-Processed Food Increases Risk of Cancers

Can What You Eat Cause Cancer?

The answer is, yes, but we don't know the full effects of ultra-processed food yet.

There's an ongoing food study in France, called the NutriNet-Santé cohort and over the past 6 years they have been keeping track of food consumption of over 100,000 individuals. Here is the conclusion from the study:

In this large prospective study, a 10% increase in the proportion of ultra-processed foods in the diet was associated with a significant increase of greater than 10% in risks of overall and breast cancer.

So by increasing your consumption of ultra-processed foods by 10% like the following, you increase your cancer risk by 10%:

  • Mass produced packaged breads and buns
  • Sweet or savory packaged snacks
  • Industrialized confectionery and desserts
  • Sodas and sweetened drinks
  • Meatballs
  • Poultry and fish nuggets
  • Other reconstituted meat products transformed with addition of preservatives other than salt (for example, nitrites)
  • ...
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Provider Visit Form

Provider's Visit Form

Thank you for downloading the Provider's Visit Form. We're also excited you've decided to join us at Gymnast Care and be a part of our team.

Below, we go over each box in this form.

Being a gymnast's parent is very hard work and it can become overwhelming at times. Then, to add to this, your gymnast becomes injured...What do you do next?

If it's a simple issue, you can find many "at home" and "in the gym" solutions in the Gymnast Care Book on Injuries. If you haven't yet had a chance to check out the incredible information found in this book, we have a few different options. You can find the print version on Amazon here.

We also have the digital book that has all of the exercises on video and you can find that version by clicking here.

Going To The Provider

Sometimes the injury is more serious than what you can handle at home, you need a second opinion, or your at home therapies haven't worked and you need to get higher level care.

It's time to go to the...

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Dr. Dave Tilley and His New Book on Gymnastics Performance

Find Dr. Dave Tilley's New Book By Clicking Here. Welcome to The Gymnast Care Podcast Episode 35 with Dr. Dave Tilley as we discuss his new book and improving gymnastics performance. Here are some great tidbits from his book:

"Utilizing more parts of the body to spread out load theoretically helps to take excessive strain o of any one point. It also does not place all of the workload for creating and absorbing force on the lower back musculature. Utilizing more of the entire kinetic chain compared to relying on certain areas to do all the work is our goal. It’s a simple distinction – exaggerating the lower back extension vs. a “spread out” extension – but this same concept also leads to a very important point related to optimizing performance and power."
There's a ton of great information in this book so make sure you check it out...Here's the link again: Shift Movement Science Education Series Book
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The Frontline Generation with Marjorie Eastman

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Welcome back to the Gymnast Care Podcast!

Today we sit down with Marjorie K. Eastman, author of the book, The Frontline Generation.

Why in the world would you have Marjorie on your might say. Well, Marjorie just happened to be my boss while I was deployed to Afghanistan, and we were able to do a very special mission together that made a very big impact on both of our lives.

This is a very special podcast that gets into some deep personal subjects for both Marjorie and Dr. Josh.

Marjorie's book is a compilation of stories that she put together as a gift for her son when he grows up.

Her son was diagnosed with cancer in the first year of his life and while she sat by him in the hospital, she wrote the stories of those that served with her during her time in the military so that one day, when her son was able, he would be able to read about those people she found that impacted her life in some way.

She wrote about those that served, even though they did not have to....

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Coaching The Smart Route with Olympian Wendy Bruce

Welcome to Episode 20 of the Gymnast Care Podcast! Today we have none other than the amazing, talented, and decorated Olympian, Wendy Bruce! Wendy Bruce is our first Olympian that has joined us on the podcast and what an interview it was! Our favorite quote from Wendy in this session is this: When it comes to coaching, take THE SMART ROUTE! Read on to find out more about Wendy...

Contact Wendy Bruce

Wendy is amazingly personable and approachable. If you need to get a hold of her, or talk to her about mental coaching, you can do it here: Website: Email: [email protected]

Wendy's favorite book for gymnasts and coaches: In Pursuit of Excellence (click here to check it out on Amazon)

During the interview, we went through a speed round with are some of the answers:

Favorite Competition: 1989 Worlds

Favorite leo: As a kid, Wendy wore a Shamoo leo that she absolutely loved!

Favorite pre-competition food: Grilled chicken sandwich...

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Recovery, Adaptation and The Right Work in the Gym with Dr. Bill Sands

If you have a big ego and get your feelings hurt quickly, then this podcast is probably not for you!

There's no swearing or dumb stuff, just hardcore and to the point information that will make you a better parent, coach, and gymnast.

As always, Dr. Sands does not disappoint when he comes on the Gymnast Care Podcast. He takes gymnastics to the next level for our audience every time he joins us. Some of the science below sounds boring, but Dr. Sands gives us the straight scoop in his manner and it will rock your world!

So What's Inside?

In Episode 33, Dr. Sands discusses his new theories on recovery and adaption. We all know that recovery is our body's ability to return to pre-participation levels following practice or competition, but what is adaptation. Adaptation is the body's response to training that allows someone to improve in their body's ability to move through their sport. Adaptation increases strength, quickness, recovery ability, cardiovascular ability, neurological...

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Flame Retardants in Pit Foam Are DANGEROUS

Welcome back to another Gymnast Care Podcast Season 2, where we're welcoming Dr. Courtney Carignan, a Harvard researcher who specializes in environmental sciences.

Many of you remember Dr. Carignan from Episode 22 of the Gymnast Care Podcast where she explained the dangers of pit foam laced with flame retardants. 

She had published a paper showing the lasting effects of flame retardants in foam in gymnasts. In July, she published a follow-up study to the initial study that confirmed the harmful chemicals in the blood of gymnasts, and she showed that 89% of the gym's foam still contain dangerous chemicals!

89% of the gym's foam still contains dangerous chemicals!

So What Do We Do About This?

So then the question comes up, what do we do about this? Dr. Carignan suggests 3 points to protect your gymnasts:

  1. Gymnasts should WASH their hands before they eat
  2. Take a SHOWER when you get home from the gym
  3. REPLACE the pit foam in your gym with pit foam that does not contain...
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