INJURY PREVENTION IN ARTISTIC GYMNASTICS: A GUIDE FOR COACHES AND DIRECTIONS FOR RESEARCH

  • Phillip Cossens
Keywords: gymnastics, injury

Abstract

Competitive artistic gymnastics is a high risk activity. Injury prevention essentials include: Avoid the ‘lumbar fold’ into extension; Maximise hip extension range; Maximise thoracic extension range; Maximise thoracic rotation range; Gain calf strength and endurance; Ankle proprioceptive training. Injury prevention essentials may be important for all gymnastics coaches to recognise, but could also be used to guide future research investigating injuries in gymnastics.