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Gymnastics has one of the highest injury rates among all sports. Gymnasts are prone to repetitive use injuries due to their many hours of practice and the great demands they place on their bodies.

Most of the injuries are overuse injuries due to repetitive stress. Gymnasts often develop back pain due to low back strains, disc issues, or even stress fractures.

Tendonitis of almost any joint can develop. Tendonitis of the shoulder, elbow, hip, ankle or knee is often seen. Tears of the shoulder and hip labrum occur often in gymnasts due to the forces exerted on their shoulders and hips.

Traumatic injuries, such as fractures of the wrist, elbows ankles and feet may occur from falling off the apparatus or landing improperly.

Common Gymnastics Injuries

Back: Strain | Herniated disc | Spondylolysis(stress fractures)

Shoulder: Rotator cuff tendonitis | Rotator cuff tear | Labral tears | Instability

Knee: Patella tendonits | patellafemoral pain

Hip: Iliotibial band tendonitis | Hamstring tendonitis | Labral tears

Ankle: Achilles tendonitis | Sprains | Fractures

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