Nadia Comaneci, Aly Landsman, Simone Biles are some of the most famous gymnasts in the world. These Olympians’ years of training, dedication, and commitment to the sport is nothing short of amazing, and it showed. To be a gold medalist (or let’s face it, to just get on the balance beam at all), you need to have a certain level of bravery and skill that’s well above average.
Whether at the youth or collegiate level, gymnastics is an intense sport. It requires a ton of strength, flexibility, and trust. Doing a cartwheel is hard enough, but doing it while balancing on a 4-inch wide balance beam and then doing a roundoff back handspring and sticking the dismount? That’s tough. It’s unfortunately not surprising that gymnasts are subject to getting some serious injuries.
Several common injuries in gymnastics include:
- ACL injuries
- Herniated discs
- Meniscus tears
- Rotator cuff tears
- Ankle sprains and strains
- Neck injuries
- Knee injuries
- Low back pain
- Achilles tendon strains
- Wrist sprains
Gymnastics is a fun, exciting, and physically demanding sport. It can definitely be done safely, which is why lots of kids, teens, and collegiate-level gymnasts stick with it for so long. Still, gymnastics injuries are real things to be aware of and healing from them has to be done under the care of an experienced sports physical therapist.
Finding a physical therapist you can trust to help with a gymnastics injury is crucial if you’ve experienced one of the injuries above, or if you’re looking for techniques on how to avoid getting injured in the sport. Next Level Physio in Bergen County, NJ is here to help. Give us a call today!