Must common injuries in Gymnastics

Gymnastics make up some of the most popular non-contact sports in the United States, but just because they’re non-contact doesn’t mean they’re easy on the body.  Sports medicine experts see plenty of injuries stemming from gymnastics.  When so many people are pushing their bodies that hard, injuries are bound to occur.

The good news is that most injuries due to gymnastics are relatively minor and will heal without long-term damage.  None the less, we wanted to report briefly on the most common gym-related conditions that occur in sports medicine.

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Five Most Commonly-Reported Gymnastics Injuries

1 – Wrist or Ankle Sprains

By far, the most common injury are simple sprains.  Both the wrists and ankles carry far more weight than normal during gymnastics routines, and a single missed plant or landing can push these joints past their limits.

In most cases, you can treat these yourself:  Wrap the affected joint securely, apply ice and painkillers, and don’t work out again until the pain has gone and it’s moving normally.    

2 – ACL Injuries

The Anterior Cruciate Ligament runs behind the knee and is one of the main “support” ligaments in our legs. A missed landing can easily twist the knee, and sprain or tear the ACL.  

3 – Spondylosis

Gymnastics also put a lot of pressure on the back.  Spondylosis refers to stress fractures in the vertebrae, usually from impacts or improper twisting.  While not immediately dangerous, it can make any back-related movements painful.

4 – Herniated Discs

Hernias are also extremely common in gymnastics, which occur when one (or more) of the pads of cartilage between your spinal segments slips out of place.  This often puts direct pressure on the spinal column – the nerve bundle – causing debilitating pain.  

5 – Achilles Tendonitis

The Achilles tendon anchors your foot to your leg, and is essential for walking and standing.  If damaged or torn in a bad landing, the result is extreme pain, swelling, and an inability to even stand.   

Keep Safe In The Gym!

Most gymnastics-related sports medicine problems can be avoided with care.  Contact a specialist for more information on safe workout techniques!

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