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Some of the clear stars of the Rio 2016 Olympics were The Final Five – our US Women’s Gymnastics Team. In particular, Simone Biles blew us away with stellar performances, leaving Rio with 5 medals at her first Olympics.

Like Simone and the rest of The Final Five, successful gymnasts all over the world generally start their careers by learning and training from a young age. It requires a lot of emotional and physical strain, not only from the gymnast, but also from supporters around him or her. Gymnasticsrescue.com has more tips about supporting young gymnasts, as well as information about preventing and caring for injuries.

What are some common gymnastics injuries to feet and ankles? Since most gymnasts are children and teenagers whose bodies are still developing, any number of injuries may occur. In particular, the following are important to pay attention to:

  • Ankle sprains happen often due to the amount of ankle and foot use in the different maneuvers in gymnastics. Young athletes need to strengthen the muscles around the ankles to prevent severe injury.

  • Achilles Tendonitis or Sever’s Disease can occur due to overuse of the tendon that connects the calf muscles to the heel. It can cause the center of the heel bone to thicken or fragment, making it painful around the heels.

  • Stress fractures tend to occur when there is repetitive impact or trauma from dismounts and landings. It can start from a small fracture that continues to grow with each impact, which then can cause a large fracture or broken bone.

The pain that is associated with each type of injury can be tolerable to severe. Just because pain is tolerable, it should not be ignored. Little injuries can develop into larger ones (e.g. stress fractures).

Teenage gymnasts should pay particular attention to injuries since their bodies are rapidly changing. During growth spurts, bones are growing and muscles and tissue are lengthening. Bones may not fully harden so they may fracture or break more easily and ligaments may stretch or loosen more easily.

Finally, young gymnasts should also keep focus while training. When training is repetitive, they may lose concentration and/or worsen any injuries they may have. While the abovementioned injuries may prevent further participation in training, other injuries can be more severe – gymnasts can suffer broken bones or worse, life-altering or life-threatening injuries, especially if they are injured in the head, neck, or spine.

If your child experiences acute, severe pain, see a doctor immediately. For mild sprains, make sure to use R.I.C.E. – rest, ice, compression, elevation. Use NSAIDs to reduce pain and swelling.



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