The Young Injured Gymnast: A Literature Review and Discussion

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Elspeth Hart;William P Meehan 3rd; Donald S Bae; Pierre d’Hemecourt; Andrea Stracciolini.


Gymnastics is a sport requiring grace, strength, and flexibility, resulting in a wide variety of injuries. This article is an overview of the sport of gymnastics and associated injury trends in the artistic gymnastics population. Injury rates in gymnastics range from 1.08 to 50.3 per 1000 h of exposure. More injuries occur in competition versus practice. Fewer injuries occur in recreational gymnastics than competitive gymnastics. The most common injury in gymnastics occurs in the lower extremity, and is an ankle sprain, followed by knee internal derangement. However, in men’s gymnastics the most common gymnastics injury occurs in the upper body (specifically the shoulder). The most common skills causing injury to a gymnast are front/back handsprings and saltos/flips. Unique injuries commonly seen when caring for the young gymnast include spondylolysis, ostoechondritis dissecans of the capetillium and talus, Gymnast wrist, Grip lock, Osgood-Schlatter, patellofemoral syndrome, Sever’s disease, and ankle sprains. Research efforts should focus on injury rates after the 2006 rule change, injury prevention, men’s gymnastics injury patterns, concussions, hip injuries, and ACL injuries in gymnasts.


Hart E, Meehan WP 3rd, Bae DS, d’Hemecourt P, Stracciolini A. The Young Injured Gymnast: A Literature Review and Discussion. Curr Sports Med Rep. 2018;17(11):366-375. doi:10.1249/JSR.0000000000000536

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