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Ankle Sprains


Welcome to Episode 4 of the Gymnast Care Podcast.

In this episode, we discuss ankle injuries, what to do during the first 72 hours after injury, and give you a practical plan to get your gymnast back in the gym as soon as possible!

Here's what one elite gymnast had to say about the Gymnast Care Ankle Injury Protocol: Been doing the rehab and its just great!! Can feel my ankle is on the improve! The SEBT is definitely the best, my balance is so much better! Will definitely keep doing it!!

Here's some of the links we discussed in this weeks podcast:

The Gymnast Care Book on Injuries, Video Edition lays this protocol out with descriptions of all exercises and there are amazing videos for you to follow along with. Here's the link to the digital book: The Gymnast Care Book on Injuries + Videos

Here's a video of the SEBT:  

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What Back Pain Can Teach Us About Your Gymnast

"I was doing a punch front, and I wasn't tight. I punched the floor and immediately felt the pain in my back."

So what does back pain teach us about your gymnast?

What we've found over the past years working with gymnasts is this: Gymnastics is unforgiving to weakness. When your gymnast has a control issue of their body, gymnastics will exploit this and injury will soon follow. Back pain goes back to three issues:

  1. Overtraining
  2. Overuse
  3. Core Control

In the Gymnast Care Book on Injuries, We've created an entire chapter to back pain. We walk you through acute injury and overuse injury. We get into core control therapy, because we believe this is the root cause of back pain. As a parent, the best version of our Book on Injuries is the Video Edition so your athlete can follow along with the exercises. Get your Book on Injuries Video Edition now by clicking here.

My Gymnast's Back Is Hurting, What Do I Do?

Back pain in adolescents and children is not normal.

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Back Pain Podcast

Welcome to Gymnast Care Podcast Session 3.

Today, we get into why gymnasts are getting back pain. Back pain is devastating for young gymnast and we want to see you eliminate back pain in your gymnast.

Here's a link to our back pain post that we refer to in the podcast. This is our most recent post with videos and a ton of content:

What Back Pain Can Teach Us About Your Gymnast

This is the link to find out more about the Book on Injuries in print: Gymnast Care Book on Injuries

We'd love to hear your questions and comments so feel free to do so in the comment section below!

We'd also be incredibly excited to have you rate our show on iTunes. Click here to see our show on iTunes and leave a review:

Gymnast Care Podcast on iTunes

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Lynn Moskovitz-Thompson from USA Gymnastics

podcast usa gymnastics Nov 26, 2013

 This session of the Gymnast Care Podcast aired prior to all of the horrible issues that came out about USA Gymnastics. It's an interesting listen to see where they were as an organization prior to the 2016 bombshells that devastated gymnastics. 

You can listen and make your own judgements.

Welcome to Session 2 of the Gymnast Care Podcast!

In this session we sit down with Lynn Moskovitz-Thompson, Director of Educational Services for USA Gymnastics. We get into some very serious subjects on the best way to protect our young gymnasts from many different things.

If you are a parent of a gymnast, you need to listen to this session.

Here's some of the links we discussed in today's podcast:

Technique Magazine

4th International Congress on Concussion

Club Cares Campaign

  • Darkness to Light
  • Stop it Now
  • Child Lures Prevention
  • USOC Safe Sport Initiative

We Care Campaign for Parents

USA Gymnastics University


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The First Gymnast Care Podcast EVER!

podcast Nov 19, 2013


We're going all the way back to the beginning with this first podcast from Gymnast Care. Some of the links we mention in this podcast are no longer available but don't worry, you can download our latest and greatest resource for FREE.

Click here to get our FREE Beginning Nutrition Series plus a FREE downloadable copy of Because She's Worth It: A Nutritional Guide for Parents with Daughters.


In this particular episode, you will learn:

  • What gymnasts should be eating every day
  • What does each meal need to include
  • Should you plan your meals
  • How important is hydration to gymnasts
  • How can we get more out of each practice through hydration


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The Most Frequent Injury in Sports....Ankle Sprains

Swelling, tenderness, bruising.  Almost every athlete has experienced these symptoms.  I know I did.  I was going up for a rebound in college and came down on a seven footers monstrous foot!  I think he wore a size 18 and there was no getting around that thing!  After the injury I went to an ankle specialist.  He put me in an immobilizing walking boot and said to leave it on every day for a month.  He said nothing about range of motion, rehab, or return to play.  It took over a year to get back using my ankle and leg the way they were meant to be used.  This is my story 16 years ago, but it sure sounds like the management athletes get now!  The rest of this blog is based on an article by the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP).  Make sure you go to your primary care armed with information on ankle sprains and specifically ask to start rehabilitation immediately!

     No matter the severity of an injury,...

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