Category Archive: Gymnastics

Mar
19

ACL Injury May End Season But Not Career: Part 1 of 4 on ACL Injury

Part 1 of 4 What do Matthew Knowles, Danielle Dalessandro and Matthew Langan have in common? These local basketball stars had their season cut short due to devastating knee injuries: torn anterior cruciate ligaments (ACL). However, while they may have ended their seasons, they did NOT end their careers! Knowles and Langan tore their ACL’s …

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Jul
11

Safely Strengthen Hypermobile Joints: Part 2 of 3 on Hypermobility

Intermediate - Isometric Belly Tuck with Bike Pedal

 As we discussed in last week’s article, hypermobility (joints that are too mobile/flexible)—as demonstrated by the ability to perform tasks such as bending forward and placing your palms flat on the floor without bending your knees—causes excessive joint mobility that can lead to joint injury, low back pain, and possibly arthritis pain. This week’s article …

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Jul
05

Hypermobility Hazards. Part 1 of 3 on Hypermobility

Hypermobility - Back

Guest Columnist: Janet Caputo, PT, OCS Are you hyperflexible? Do people call you a contortionist? Are you the main attraction at parties, like Dominique DelPrete and Amy Simrell Mifka, because you entertain your friends by twisting your arms and legs in gross directions? Do you excel in dance and gymnastics because of your exceptional joint …

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May
07

Treating and Preventing Eating Disorders in Athletes: Part 3

Eating disorders among athletes is not uncommon, especially in the female athlete. This is the third of three columns on this topic. Athletes with eating disorders need referral to a health care professional.

May
07

Common Eating Disorders In Athletes: Part 2

Eating disorders are becoming epidemic in athletes. This is the second of three columns addressing this topic.

May
07

Why Athletes are Susceptible to Eating Disorders: Part 1

Over the past several years I have worked with many young female athletes that have suffered from injuries often associated with low body fat and poor bone density such as repeated stress fractures. In certain sports such as running and gymnastics this can be devastating. One thought that comes to mind is whether or not the young female athlete may also have an eating disorder.