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Gymnastics: Common Injuries

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Additional Resource:
PASIG Independent Study Course: 20.3, Physical Therapy for the Performing Artist

This course specifically addresses the rehabilitation needs of 3 professions of performing artists: the figure skater, the musician, and the artistic gymnast. The authors introduce the reader to each respective performing arts and delineate the specific role of the physical therapist. Unique examination and intervention strategies tailored to the needs of these populations are highlighted.


Upon completion of this course the participant will be able to do the following:

  1. Understand the impact of predisposing factors and co-morbidities in the gymnastic population.
  2. Recognize common injury patterns in artistic gymnasts and learn clinical pearls that aid in treatment and rehabilitation.
  3. Understand the role of diagnostic imaging in the diagnostic process for an injured artistic gymnast.
  4. Provide rationale for rehabilitation interventions and progression criteria in return to performance in order to resolve impairments affecting artistic gymnasts.


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