At Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, we specialize in providing top-ranked, quality healthcare to young and adolescent individuals. Our team of sports medicine specialists work with gymnasts every single day and understand the complexities of the sport and the physical demands on the young gymnast’s body. When diagnosing and treating a gymnastics-related injury, our physicians use a well-rounded approach to address the unique concerns surrounding the young or adolescent gymnast.
Key factors that Cincinnati Children’s Sports Medicine examines:
- Growth and maturation
- Skeletal health
- Dietary concerns
- Injury Prevention
Our goal is for you to be better post-recovery than you ever were before your injury.
What is the impact on the body?
Gymnastics is a truly unique sport. Few other sports demand such a combination of strength, flexibility, balance, speed, and resilience from the young athlete. A talented gymnast may start moving into the upper levels of the sport at an early age, often peaking between 14 to 17 years old for females and 19-26 years old for males. As the athlete advances in the gym, the sport requires increasingly more difficult skills and increased practice times to master them. A combination of forceful movements, twisting, and repetitive loads on both the arms and legs, plus the maturing body’s nutritional needs and hormonal factors can lead to injury. Some of these injuries are unique to gymnastics and seldom seen in other sports or recreational activities. In both men’s and women’s gymnastics, most injuries occur to the lower extremity. However, male gymnasts endure a greater proportion of upper extremity (i.e. shoulder, wrist) injuries which reflects the different skills and events used in men’s gymnastics.