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Medical Professionals 

For PT, PTA, MD, ATC, CPT, PA, LMT, OT
Advance your knowledge of sport-specific treatment of gymnastics. 

Topics covered: the physics of gymnastics, kinesiology and biomechanics, joint/region injury etiology and protocols, blood chemistry and manual therapy, special techniques, imaging, and more. 

Get the opportunity to receive the Gymnastics Sports Medicine Certification - Practitioner  (GSMC-P)

Attend as an individual or as an entire staff.
 Coaches and Owners
Learn injury prevention, increase awareness of sports medicine techniques, and apply best rehabilitation practices for your gymnast. 

Topics covered: Injury predisposition, biomechanics by event, strength and conditioning, return to sport, in-gym prevention, nutrition, recovery, sports psychology, and more. 

Get the opportunity to receive the Gymnastics Sports Medicine Certification - Coach  (GSMC-C)

Attend as an individual coach or as an entire staff. 


                                                                  

Attendance Options

LIVE/ON-DEMAND: 10-course MedGym Series for CEUs, through Allied Health. 


REGIONAL: In-person seminars in CA, AZ, IL, NC, FL and more. COMING SOON IN 2025


PRIVATE: 1 or 2-day options  for coaches, owners, and medical professionals. Contact us directly for structure, pricing, date availability and more!



MEDICAL PROFESSIONALS

There are 10 courses covering 15 modules worth of gymnastics-specific content and how it pertains to best practice treatment for gymnastics athletes. See the modules below to get a glimpse of what you will be learning. 
Total amount of credit hours:  27 hours

Completing this certification will earn you a Gymnastics Sports Medicine Certification Practitioner or Coach   designation/accreditation recognition, a listing on our MedGym Wellness Group searchable site, apparel, and more. As well as access to shared blog posts, journal club articles,  discussion boards, and a 1:1 coaching session with Gina (for information, case discussion, marketing ideas or whatever personalization you would like!). 

MedGym is proud to connect with Allied Health Education for approval throughout the US for CEUs for Physical Therapist, Physical Therapists Assistants and Athletic Trainers! Each course and each state is subject to change. Confirmation of credits based on professional licensure is to be confirmed at the time of registration.  See the registration link in each module to register or click on this link. 



COURSE 1 
The Science Behind the Sport: Gymnastics History, Physics, Motor Development and Skill Progression

DATE: JUNE 19, 2024

TIME: 5:00 PM TO 9:00 PM EST 







COURSE 2 
Gymnastics Training and Treatment: Strength, Flexibility, Physiology, Injury Diagnosis and Rehab Technique Application 

DATE: AUGUST 28, 2024

TIME: 5:00 PM TO 10:00 PM EST

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COURSE 3
Concussion Care and Management for the Gymnast



DATE: SEPTEMBER 11, 2024

TIME: 8:00 PM TO 10:00 PM EST 

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COURSE 4 
Spine: Gymnastics injury prevention, Predisposition, Common injuries, treatment and Return to sport

DATE: OCTOBER 23, 2024

TIME: 8:00 PM TO 10:00 PM EST

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COURSE 5
Upper Extremity: Shoulder, Elbow, Wrist - Gymnastics Injury Prevention, Predisposition, Common Injuries, Treatment and Return to Sport 



DATE: DECEMBER 11, 2024

TIME: 8:00 PM TO 10:00 PM EST 

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COURSE 6
Lower Extremity: Hip/Knee and Lower Leg/Ankle Gymnastics Injury Prevention, Predisposition Common Injuries Treatment, and Return to Sport 

DATE: JANUARY 10, 2025

TIME: 1:00 PM TO 5:00 PM EST

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COURSE 7
The Sport Psychology and Physiology of Gymnastics Injury, Rehabilitation and Pain 





DATE: FEBRUARY 5, 2025

TIME: 8:00 PM TO 9:30 PM EST 

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COURSE 8
Nutrition and Blood Chemistry for Gymnastics in Relation to Injury Treatment, Prevention and Recovery 





DATE: MARCH 5, 2025

TIME: 8:00 PM TO 9:30 PM EST

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COURSE 9
Gymnastics sports medicine program implementation: A multidisciplinary and comprehensive approach to athlete care 





DATE: APRIL 9, 2025

TIME: 6:30 PM TO 8:00 PM EST

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COURSE 10
Baseline Testing, Program Analysis, Efficacy, Compliance and Marketing for Gymnasts: Analyzing Strengths and Deficits, Constituent Buy-in and Communication Strategies for Health Promotion and Sports Performance

DATE: MAY 7, 2025

TIME: 6:30 PM TO 10:00 PM EST

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Course 1: The science behind the sport; Gymnastics history, physics, motor development and skill progression


- Live Webinar - 

Date: June 19, 2024 

Time: 5:00pm-9:00pm EST 

Course Hours: 4 

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MODULE 1
Title: The Science of Gymnastics: History, Equipment, Kinesiology, and physics 

Description: The course will discuss the origins of the sport of gymnastics, its development over the years, and the physics and kinematics of the gymnastics movement.

Objectives: 
-Recognize the physical, physiologic, and psychological demands of the sport of gymnastics.
-Identify gymnastics terminology for skills and code of points so that return to sport for gymnastics can be guided with more sport-specific knowledge.
-Describe a gymnast’s gymnastics schedule cycle, practice demands, meet and travel demands, and student-athlete balance.
-Discuss the culture of the sport in relation to health, wellness, and injury responsiveness.
-Recall applicable physics and arthrokinematic theory in relation to gymnastics-specific movement.
- Discuss equipment manufacturing, make up, advances, and surfaces with regard to physics, performance, and safety.

 Part 1 of a 15-part series. May be taken independently or as a part of  Gymnastics Sports Medicine Certification (GSMC).








Module 2
Title:  Gymnastics Motor Development, Technique, and Skill Progression 

Description: The sport of gymnastics requires immense strength, balance, flexibility, and skill that need to be progressively taught and mastered before advancing. The skills and values that create the points and scoring system are based on this progression. Proper performance of skills will diminish the likelihood of injury and increase performance quality. This course will walk the medical professional through understanding body shaping, equipment demands, the mental and physical stress on the body, possible barriers to success, and proper technique.

Objectives: 
- Recognize the physical, physiologic, and psychological demands of the sport of gymnastics.
- Describe the culture of the sport in relation to level and skill progression. 
- Explain the process of motor development in the gymnast.
- Discuss the importance of proper technique for skill development within the code of points.
-Summarize how gymnastics helps across different sports disciplines (balance, agility, strength, proprioception, etc.) and other life skills (listening, discipline, commitment, tenacity, etc.).

Part 2 of a 15-part series. May be taken independently or as a part of Gymnastics Sports Medicine Certification (GSMC). 













COURSE 2: Gymnastics Training and Treatment: Strength, Flexibility, Physiology, Injury Diagnosis and Rehab Technique Application 


- Live Webinar - 

Date: August 28, 2024

Time: 5:00 pm to 10:00 pm EST 

Course Hours: 5

Module 3
Title: Strength Training, Flexibility, and Physiology for Gymnastics

Description: The sport of gymnastics requires an immense amount of strength, balance, flexibility, and skill that need to be progressively taught and mastered before advancing. In terms of performance and injury prevention, strength is incredibly tedious and sport-specific to artistic gymnastics. Flexibility, in parallel, is demanded for position achievement, skill performance, and joint mobility. This course will walk the medical professional through advancing the understanding of body shaping, the strength demands of the sport in general and event-specific, flexibility techniques in training and the clinic, as well as periodization suggestions/research summaries. 

Objectives: 
- Discuss the culture of the sport of gymnastics with regard to strength, flexibility, and endurance demands.
- Describe the flexibility demands of gymnastics and the science behind varied flexibility training methods.
- Identify various strength training methods and their application to each individual gymnastics apparatus.
- Recognize the physiologic age development process from child to adolescent and young adult through adulthood.

Part 3 of a 15-part series. May be taken independently or as a part of Gymnastics Sports Medicine Certification (GSMC).










Module 4
Title: Clinical Decision-Making in The Analysis, Etiology, and Diagnosis of Gymnastics Injuries

Description: Proper treatment for gymnastics-based injuries often includes teasing out acute vs chronic etiology and possible biomechanical contributions. The algorithm of narrowing dozens of possible outcomes per body part to a select few prior to proper diagnostic imaging needs to be efficient. It is supported by both experience and evidence-based practice. Proper primary and secondary diagnoses can determine treatment applications, total rest/ relative rest times, and proper return to sport protocol. Combining sport-specific mechanics of injury knowledge, clinical assessment, movement/video performance analysis, and diagnostics will give practitioners the most accurate diagnosis. 

Objectives: 
- Recognize the physical, physiologic, and psychological demands of the sport of gymnastics.
- Recognize common injury predispositions associated with gymnastics by specific body part and trend.
- Recognize the importance of matting and landing surfaces as well as equipment absorption and reaction forces.
- Recall the etiology, and analysis of movement patterns with regards to acute vs chronic injury. 
- Discuss best practices in clinical decision making for diagnostic imaging

Part 4 of a 15-part series. May be taken independently or as a part of Gymnastics Sports Medicine Certification (GSMC).









Module 5
Title: Effective Application in Treating Gymnastics Injuries

Description: The sport of gymnastics requires specific knowledge of the mechanism of injury, mechanics of performance, and skill progression in order to treat the primary, secondary, and tertiary effects of acute or chronic diagnosis. Often, basic strength and range of motion requirements are not met prior to skill progression, leading athletes to predispositions for pain and tissue irritation. It is equally important in progression through rehab protocol and return to sport to have efficient treatment methods as well as an effect of ramp up for return to performance. Participants will get a review of manual therapy techniques and modalities that are effective and culturally accepted within the sport.  This course will walk medical professionals through injury identification, treatment, and sport progression.

Objectives: 
- Discuss the culture of the sport in relation to health, wellness, and injury responsiveness.
- Recognize common injury predispositions associated with gymnastics by specific body part and trend. (Short)
- Recall partial sport participation with specific injuries.
- Recognize the importance of various manual therapy techniques for the treatment of gymnastics based injuries.
- Discuss the efficacy of modalities used in injury rehabilitation.
- Analyze and discuss evidence based practice conclusions on rehab methods and modalities 

Part 5 of a 15-part series. May be taken independently or as a part of Gymnastics Sports Medicine Certification (GSMC).












Course 3: Concussion Care and Management for the Gymnast


- Live Webinar - 

Date: September 11, 2024

Time: 8:00pm-10:00pm EST 

Course Hours: 2

Module 6 
Title: Concussion Care and Management for Gymnasts 

Description: Concussion in sport is a topic with a vast array of research in recent decades- most on contact sports and helmet-based activities. Gymnastics has always been a concussion risk due to the accuracy required of skill performance and the slight margin of error often needed for increased risk of landing awkwardly, rotating, or falling. Because of the high velocity of flipping, rotating, and landing, and timing that often hovers in the tenths of seconds realm for decision making, risks for head injury have risen. Air awareness/sense is important for proper hand and foot placement and a sense of verticality for skill performance. When this is compromised, exposure to potential injury increases. Returning to gymnastics requires full multifactorial recovery and restoration of physical, emotional, neurological, mental, and trust components of one’s self. Slow and proper progression with medical monitoring is key to the safest return to sport with decreasing risks involved. Pearls will be given for event and skill-specific progression to include readiness, safety, confidence, and performance. 

Objectives: 
- Identify the risks associated with gymnastics for concussion and related TBI. 
- Summarize current peer-reviewed literature and best practices for concussion management and return to activity. 
- Recall the potential physical, neurological, emotional, and psychosocial impacts on a concussed athlete. 
- Describe the timeline and procedure for reintegrating gymnastics activities and skills.  
- Know the various fields of play and office standardized testing procedures for objective data points along the recovery timeline

Part 6 of a 15 part series. It may be taken independently or as a part of Gymnastics Sports Medicine Certification (GSMC). 















COurse 4: Spine: Gymnastics injury prevention, Predisposition, Common injuries, treatment and Return to sport


- Live Webinar - 

Date: October 23, 2024 

Time: 8:00 pm to 10:00 pm EST  

Course Hours: 2

Module 7
Title: Spine: Gymnastics Injury Prevention, Predisposition, Common Injuries, Treatment and Return to Sport

Description: Spine injuries in gymnastics are both prevalent and can be decreased with identifying risk factors, proper body training and preparation, and adherence to body mechanics. Both acute and chronic back pain exist throughout the sport regardless of age. Identification of the etiology from performance analysis to movement pattern identification is equally as important as diagnostics and subsequent protocols. This course will bring awareness to movement patterns and trends related to chronic spine diagnoses and a niche, sports-specific return-to-performance that combines proper rehab techniques and future re-injury reduction.

Objectives: 
- Summarize gymnastics injury prevention methods for the spine and core that can be applied within and outside of training. 
- Explain the diagnostic process for orthopedic and pediatric injuries most commonly seen in the spine and core of gymnasts.
- Recall partial sport participation with specific injuries of the core and spine. 
- Describe a return to sport protocol for specific injuries of the spine.
- Recognize the predisposition to spine and core injuries based on age, level, and training cycle demand.
- Identify the most common spine injuries within the sport of gymnastics.

Part 7 of a 15 part series. May be taken independently or as a part of Gymnastics Sports Medicine Certification (GSMC). 














Course 5: Upper Extremity: Shoulder, Elbow, Wrist - Gymnastics injury prevention, predisposition, common injuries, treatment and return to sport


- Live Webinar - 

Date: December 11, 2024 

Time: 8:00 pm to 10:00 pm EST 

Course Hours: 2

Module 8
Title:  Upper Extremity: Shoulder, Elbow, Wrist - Gymnastics Injury Prevention, Predisposition, Common Injuries, Treatment and Return to Sport

Description: Upper extremity injuries in gymnastics are prevalent uniquely because of a combination of both weight bearing and non-weight bearing activities. They can be decreased with identifying strength, movement, flexibility, and stability risk factors, proper body alignment and preparation, and adherence to body mechanics in the arms and spine. Both acute and chronic upper extremity pain exists throughout the sport and can vary with practice volume and skill difficulty. Identification of the etiology from performance analysis to movement pattern identification is equally as important as diagnostics and subsequent protocols. This course will bring awareness to movement patterns and trends related to wrist, elbow, and shoulder diagnoses and a niche, sports-specific return-to-performance that combines proper rehab techniques and future re-injury reduction. 

Objectives: 
- Summarize gymnastics injury prevention methods for the shoulder, elbow, and wrist that can be applied within and outside of training. 
- Explain the diagnostic process for orthopedic and pediatric injuries most commonly seen in the shoulder, elbow, and wrist of gymnasts.
- Recall partial sport participation with specific injuries of the shoulder, elbow, and wrist. 
- Describe a return to sport protocol for specific injuries of the shoulder, elbow, and wrist.
- Recognize the predisposition to shoulder, elbow, and wrist injuries based on age, level, and training cycle demand.
- Identify the most common shoulder, elbow, and wrist injuries within the sport of gymnastics.

Part 8 of a 15 part series. May be taken independently or as a part of Gymnastics Sports Medicine Certification (GSMC).














Course 6: Lower Extremity: Hip/Knee and Lower Leg/Ankle Gymnastics Injury Prevention, Predisposition Common Injuries Treatment, and Return to Sport


- Live Webinar - 

Date: January 10, 2025 

Time: 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm EST

Course Hours: 4

Module 9
Title: Lower Extremity: Hip and Knee - Gymnastics Injury Prevention, Predisposition, Common Injuries, Treatment and Return to Sport

Description: Lower extremity injuries in gymnastics are prevalent uniquely because of a combination of both weight bearing and non-weight bearing activities due to the triplanar motion and stress of the hip. Certain injuries have a higher prevalence also due to the contrasting demands of both flexibility and stability. Taking into consideration the rotational and angular velocity as well as varied landing surfaces, the hip and knee are subject to an excessive amount of stress. Risk factors can be mitigated with identifying strength, movement, flexibility, and stability variables, proper body alignment and preparation, and adherence to body mechanics in the hip and knee. Both acute injuries and chronic lower extremity pain exist throughout the sport and can vary with practice volume and skill difficulty. Identification of the etiology from performance analysis to movement pattern identification is equally as important as diagnostics and subsequent protocols. This course will bring awareness to movement patterns and trends related to hip and knee diagnoses and etiology using a niche, sports-specific return-to-performance that combines proper rehab techniques and future re-injury reduction.

Objectives: 
- Summarize gymnastics injury prevention methods for the hip and knee that can be applied within and outside of training. 
- Explain the diagnostic process for orthopedic and pediatric injuries most commonly seen in the hip and knee of gymnasts.
- Recall partial sport participation with specific injuries of the hip and knee. 
- Describe a return to sport protocol for specific injuries of the hip and knee.
- Recognize the predisposition to hip and knee injuries based on age, level, and training cycle demand.
- Identify the most common hip and knee injuries within the sport of gymnastics.

Part 9 of a 15 part series. May be taken independently or as a part of Gymnastics Sports Medicine Certification (GSMC).














Module 10
Title: Foot and Ankle: Gymnastics Injury Prevention, Predisposition, Common Injuries, Treatment and Return to Sport

Description: Foot and Ankle injuries in gymnastics are prevalent uniquely because of weight bearing on both even and uneven surfaces and additionally because of the triplanar motion of the hip. Certain injuries have a higher prevalence also due to the contrasting demands of both flexibility and stability. Taking into consideration the rotational and angular velocity as well as varied landing surfaces, the foot and ankle are subject to an excessive amount of stress. Risk factors can be mitigated with identifying strength, movement, flexibility, and stability variables, proper body alignment and preparation, and adherence to body mechanics in the entire lower kinetic chain. Both acute injuries and chronic lower extremity pain exist throughout the sport and can vary with practice volume, skeletal maturity, age,  and skill difficulty. Identification of the etiology from performance analysis to movement pattern identification is equally as important as diagnostics and subsequent protocols. This course will bring awareness to movement patterns and trends related to foot and ankle diagnoses and etiology using a niche, sports-specific return-to-performance that combines proper rehab techniques and future re-injury reduction.

Objectives: 
- Summarize gymnastics injury prevention methods for the foot and ankle that can be applied within and outside of training. 
- Explain the diagnostic process for orthopedic and pediatric injuries most commonly seen in the foot and ankle of gymnasts.
- Recall partial sport participation with specific injuries of the foot and ankle. 
- Describe a return to sport protocol for specific injuries of the foot and ankle.
- Recognize the predisposition to foot and ankle injuries based on age, level, and training cycle demand.
- Identify the most common foot and ankle injuries within the sport of gymnastics.

Part 10 of a 15 part series. May be taken independently or as a part of Gymnastics Sports Medicine Certification (GSMC).






















Course 7: The sport psychology and physiology of gymnastics injury, rehabilitation and pain 


- Live Webinar - 

Date: February 5, 2025 

Time: 8:00 pm to 9:30 pm EST 

Course Hours: 1.5

Module 11
Title: The Sport Psychology and Physiology of Gymnastics Injuries, Rehabilitation, and Pain

Description: The psychology behind gymnastics as a sport, the gymnastics coach, the gymnast themselves, and the culture of the sport, adds layers and dimensions to the physical management of an athlete. It is important for the healthcare practitioner to respect the entire process of performance and injury psychology. Achievement in gymnastics will always include understanding how to motivate each individual athlete both intrinsically and extrinsically, and how to craft the environment, communication, and mental health component of the injury, rehabilitation, and the return-to-mat process. This course will expose you to the dynamic and institutionalized culture of the sport and the layers and variables that this adds to the diagnosis, etiology, and rehabilitation process.

Objectives: 
- Recognize the physical, physiologic, and psychological demands of the sport of gymnastics.
- Describe a gymnast’s gymnastics schedule cycle, practice demands, meet and travel demands, and student-athlete balance.
- Discuss the culture of the sport in relation to health, wellness, and injury responsiveness.
- Discuss the sports psychology that shapes the development of a gymnast and the culture experienced in the gym and the sport on a world-stage from developmental/recreational to elite.
- Discuss the physiologic and psychologic response to injury.

Part 11 of a 15 part series. May be taken independently or as a part of Gymnastics Sports Medicine Certification (GSMC).














Course 8: Nutrition and Blood Chemistry for Gymnastics in relation to injury treatment, prevention and recovery


- Live Webinar - 

Date: March 5, 2025 

Time: 8:00 pm to 9:30 pm EST 

Course Hours: 1.5

Module 12
Title: Nutrition and Blood Chemistry for Gymnastics in Relation to Injury Treatment, Prevention, and Recovery

Description: 
The sport of Gymnastics is easily one of the most demanding athletic commitments an athlete can make. The nutrition and health demands are complicated due to age, growth cycle status, fitness demands for performance, practice hour quantity, and an equal stress of anaerobic, aerobic, and power requirements. Fueling the body for all aspects of the practice, day, and training cycle can directly impact the level of success. Food, nutrition value, hydration, supplements, macro levels, recovery supplements all play a part in performance as well as fatigue. We will discuss the physiology behind performance, current concepts in the efficiency of recovery, eating habits, energy deficiency, as well as bloodwork and the connection to performance. 

Objectives: 
- Recognize the physical, physiologic, and psychological demands of the sport of gymnastics.
- Describe a gymnast’s gymnastics schedule cycle, practice demands, meet and travel demands, and student-athlete balance.
- Discuss the culture of the sport in relation to health, wellness, nutrition, hydration, and recovery.
- Summarize the nutritional demands placed on all gymnasts from beginner to elite, with relation to practice, competition and injury recovery.
- Recognize the warning signs of the spectrum of disordered eating and REDs

Part 12 of a 15 part series. May be taken independently or as a part of Gymnastics Sports Medicine Certification (GSMC). 














Course 9: Gymnastics sports medicine program implementation: A multidisciplinary and comprehensive approach to athlete care


- Live Webinar - 

Date: April 9, 2024 

Time: 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm EST 

Course Hours: 1.5

Module 13
Title: Gymnastics Sports Medicine Program Implementation: A Multi-Disciplinary and Comprehensive Approach to Athlete Care

Description: We will talk about creating your health care “team.” Who is a part of this group for all athletes, and who is available as needed for individual cases? We will discuss the importance of the multidisciplinary approach to health care- proactive, preventative and reactive and the roles that many can serve for individual athletes and the aggregate team. The people may be in place,  but equally important are the forms, the process and procedure for checking standards, documenting, follow through and more. Following SafeSport guidelines for respecting the privacy of the athlete’s health information has to be balanced with proper treatment team communication and information availability. We will touch on SafeSport and Athlete Wellness laws/guidelines for Mandatory Reporters, abuse (mental, physical and emotional) awareness and reporting/procedure guidelines. 

Objectives: 
- Recognize the physical, physiologic, and psychological demands of the sport of gymnastics.
- Discuss the culture of the sport in relation to health, wellness, and injury responsiveness.
- Describe how to implement a multi-faceted gymnastics care program that encompasses prevention, safety, rehabilitation, and recovery.
- Discuss the policies and procedures behind athlete safety with regards to Safe Sport and national governing bodies (NGB) under the USOC umbrella. Will review the Coaching Code of Conduct (medical guidelines and coaching responsibilities, mandatory reporting procedures).
- Discuss the benefits and efficacy of an interprofessional healthcare team for all levels of gymnastics sports performance.

Part 13 of a 15 part series. May be taken independently or as a part of Gymnastics Sports Medicine Certification (GSMC).















Course 10: Baseline Testing, Program Analysis, Efficacy, Compliance and Marketing for Gymnasts: Analyzing Strengths and Deficits, Constituent Buy-in and Communication Strategies for Health Promotion and Sports Performance


- Live Webinar - 

Date: May 7, 2025 

Time: 6:30 pm to 10:00 pm EST 

Course Hours: 3.5

Module 14
Title: Baseline Testing and Wellness/Prevention Program Creation for the Gymnast

Description: Gymnastics is a sport based on a foundation of proper strength, flexibility, body control and basic movements that build on each other in combination or with the addition of added velocity. An athlete who has the basics mastered will increase their likelihood of more efficient skill advancement and performance that lessens injury possibility. Understanding where your athletes are in the continuum of progression is important. Where are the deficits? What is being worked at nauseam? Are you preparing the athletes for the next level of demands? Is there a coach or level that is favoring certain repetitive conditioning skills and ignoring others? Gym owners and coaches can use this information to better their program and motivate athletes to fully engage in strength, conditioning and flexibility whereas rehabilitation professionals can use this data for etiology of chronic injury and markers for full recovery and return to sport-specific training. Convincing the athletes themselves, parents, coaches, gym owners and the health care team of the relevance of this data and the time and organization needed to collect will increase compliance and better outcomes!

Objectives: 
- Recognize the physical, physiologic, and psychological demands of the sport of gymnastics.
- Discuss the culture of the sport in relation to health, wellness, and injury responsiveness.
- Recognize common injury predispositions most commonly seen in gymnasts.
- Describe how to effectively plan and perform baseline testing supported by standardized procedures that will guide gymnastics injury prevention protocols.
- Summarize how gymnastics helps across different sports disciplines (balance, agility, strength, proprioception, etc.) and other life skills (listening, discipline, commitment, tenacity, etc.).
- Discuss the performance, economic, and success rate benefit of allocating resources for education and prevention vs reaction.

Part 14 of a 15 part series. May be taken independently or as a part of Gymnastics Sports Medicine Certification (GSMC). 














Module 15
Title: Health Communications and Marketing for Gymnastics Sports Medicine: The Art and Science of Prevention and Rehabilitation Program Needs Analysis, Buy-in, Compliance and Outcome/Efficacy Analysis

Description: Synthesizing all of the information learned as a medical practitioner is difficult, and convincing
stakeholders is the application. Interested affected parties include athletes, parents/guardians, current and future/community health care team, coaches, gym owners, National Governing Board’s and more.Having well researched (peer-reviewed and anecdotal) and vetted evaluations and applications is the base. Obtaining buy-in, value, and commitment is the key to making a difference. Health communication theories are used to explain how people establish their personal health beliefs and values, and the method and level of commitment people have to change. Within the gymnastics community specifically, buy-in of the entire support system is crucial. Learning how to do so increases efficacy and overall wellness.

Objectives: 
- Identify health communications and marketing terminology and skills so that health communications can be guided with more sport specific knowledge.
- Describe effective marketing strategies for improving gymnastics program compliance and efficacy for various ages and community types.
- Recognize the benefit of program efficacy analysis for marketing and new client buy-in.
- Describe health communications theory with relation to changing values and beliefs systems in athlete, parent, and staff perception of medical professionals.
- Identify scientific measures for program efficacy analysis

Part 15 of a 15 part series. May be taken independently or as a part of Gymnastics Sports Medicine Certification (GSMC).













COACHES & 

GYM OWNERS 

This course is for coaches who are interested in learning more about the Medical/Physical Therapy side of the sport and how you can incorporate this new knowledge to coaching your athletes in the healthiest and safest way possible. One day, two day and private  in-person courses are available.

By taking the 2 day  course coaches are eligible to receive the Gymnastics Sports Medicine Certification

MODULES                                    

- History of Sport of Gymnastics: Trends in Performance, Equipment, Injury 
- The Science Behind Gymnastics: Physics 
- The Science of Gymnastics: Each piece of equipment GRF and mechanical structure, FIG testing equipment 
- Importance of Technique 
- Review on Anatomy and Physiology 
- Strengthening Physiology, Kinematics, and Cycling  
- Strength: Progression by Level and Event
 - Awareness of Diagnosing Injuries: Art and Science of the Process 
- Concussion and Head Injuries/ Dizziness/ Whiplash Flexibility and Joint Mobility 
- By Body Part: Spine & Hinge Theory (Includes Anatomy, physiology, movement patterns, injury awareness, return)  
 - By Body Part: Hips & Thigh [labrum, hamstring, and split position] 
- By Body Part: Shoulder 
- By Body Part: Elbow & Wrist 
- By Body Part: Knee [ACL, meniscus, etc.] 
- By Body Part: Foot & Ankle [Achilles] 
- Return to Sport 
- Guided Explanation of Manual Techniques and Treatment/Rehabilitation Options 
- Physiology of the Stress of Injury 
- Sports Psychology in Health, Gymnastics and Injury Recovery  Nutrition 
- Group Break Out: Differential Diagnosis: Case Study 
- Equipment wish list 
- Having a Medical Team for a Gym: Partnership Creation
- Baseline Testing Recovery 
- Pre-test Answers/ Course Review/Course Evaluation







ONE DAY COURSE 

This one full-day interactive course provides gymnastics sports professionals with a better understanding of the sport from a physical, physiological, and psychological perspective. Focusing on health and wellness, athlete safety is paramount to participation and performance at any level in gymnastics. Biomechanics and movement, as well as anatomy, will be presented for coaches to comprehend movement patterns for skill achievement as well as ways to avoid improper performance, which can lead to acute and overuse injury. Participants can expect to gain vast knowledge regarding holistic gymnastic injury awareness and management, including injury prevention strategies, effective teamwork communication with medical professionals, and stepwise return to sport protocol. The education combines classroom knowledge along with gym/athlete interaction and demonstrations. A comprehensive approach to complete gymnastics gym medical programming will be provided, including concepts, culture, medical review (biomechanics, physics, kinematics), injury awareness (etiology, patterns, explanation of diagnosis and treatment procedures), on-site strategy, medical team creation, parent and athlete interaction, and implementation. Lab and break-out sessions are provided with demonstrators for observation, evaluation, and analysis of movement, biomechanics, and arthrokinematic evaluations, as well as participation in (for one’s self, voluntarily, or observation of others) corrective movement exercises. Presenters will educate on injury trends and treatment techniques that medical professionals specific to the gymnast. The multi-disciplinary presenter will allow for education on comprehensive athlete management, including psychology, nutrition, physiology, and more.


TWo DAY COURSE 

This two-day interactive course provides gymnastics sports professionals with a better understanding of the sport from a physical, physiological, and psychological perspective. Focusing on health and wellness, athlete safety is paramount to participation and performance at any level in gymnastics. Biomechanics and movement, as well as anatomy, will be presented for coaches to comprehend movement patterns for skill achievement as well as ways to avoid improper performance, which can lead to acute and overuse injury. Participants can expect to gain vast knowledge regarding holistic gymnastic injury awareness and management, including injury prevention strategies, effective teamwork communication with medical professionals, and stepwise return to sport protocol. The education combines classroom knowledge along with gym/athlete interaction and demonstrations. A comprehensive approach to complete gymnastics gym medical programming will be provided, including concepts, culture, medical review (biomechanics, physics, kinematics), injury awareness (etiology, patterns, explanation of diagnosis and treatment procedures), on-site strategy, medical team creation, parent and athlete interaction, and implementation. Lab and break-out sessions are provided within a gymnastics gym for observation, evaluation, and analysis of movement, biomechanics, and arthrokinematic evaluations, and participation in (for one’s self, voluntarily, or observation of others) corrective movement exercises. Presenters will educate on injury trends and treatment techniques that medical professionals specific to the gymnast. The multi-disciplinary presenter will allow for education on comprehensive athlete management, including psychology, nutrition, physiology, and more

Mock Schedule (2 day) 

Setting: Classroom ONLY
Day 1 (8.5 CEU hours) 
7:30am – Check-In, Staff Intro, Course Overview, and Objectives (30 mins)
8:00am - Pre-Test (30 mins)
8:30am - History of Sport of Gymnastics: Trends in Performance, Equipment, Injury (30 mins)
9:00am- Review on Anatomy and Physiology (30 minutes) str sprains
9:30am - The Science Behind Gymnastics: Physics (30 mins- Athlete Interaction)
10:00am - The Science of Gymnastics: Each piece of equipment GRF and mechanical structure, FIG testing equipment (30 mins – Athlete Interaction)
10:30am – BREAK (30 mins)
11:00am –  Importance of Technique (30 mins)
11:30am - 12:30pm – Strengthening Physiology, Kinematics, and Cycling  (30 mins- Athlete Demo)
1:00-2:00pm Lunch Break (60 min)
2:00pm  – Awareness of Diagnosing Injuries: Art and Science of the Process (45 mins)
2:45pm - Concussion and Head Injuries/ Dizziness/ Whiplash (15 min) 
3:00pm - Strength and Balance: Progression by Level and by Event (30 mins- Athlete Demo)
3:30pm –Flexibility and Joint Mobility (30 min- Athlete Demo)
4:00pm - By Body Part: Spine & Hinge Theory (Includes Anatomy, physiology, movement patterns, injury awareness, return)  (60 mins)
5:00pm - By Body Part: Shoulder (30 mins)
5:30pm - End of Day 1


Day 2 (8.5 CEU Hours) 
7: 15am - arrive and light breakfast
7:30am – Break Out Session: By Body Part Program and Present (15/15) 
8:00am – By Body Part: Elbow & Wrist (30 mins)
8:30am – By Body Part: Hips & Thigh [labrum, hamstring, and split position] (60 mins)
9:30am – By Body Part: Knee [ACL, meniscus, etc.] (30 mins)
10:00am – Break (30 min)
10:30am - By Body Part: Foot & Ankle [Achilles] (30 mins)
11:00am - Return to Sport (30 min)
11:30am- Guided Explanation of Manual Techniques and Treatment/Rehabilitation Options (60 mins)
12:30pm –Sports Psychology and Physiology of the Stress of  Injury (45 mins)
1:15pm –LUNCH BREAK (60 mins)
2:15pm - Nutrition (30 mins)
2:45pm - Equipment wish list (30 min)
3:15pm – Group Break Out: Differential Diagnosis: Case Study (45 mins)
4:00pm – Having a Medical Team for a Gym: Partnership Creation (30 mins)
4:30pm - Baseline Testing (30 mins)
5:00pm - Recovery (30 min) 
5:30pm – Pre-test Answers/ Course Review/Course Evaluation (30 mins)
6:00pm – Closing Q & A (15 mins)
6:15 End of Day 2/End of Course

PRIVATE COURSES

With our private courses, we come to you and cover topics you are interested in. We can do anything from baseline testing to educational courses for you and your athletes. 

Potential topics covered :
- Injury prevention
- Flexibility programming
- The science behind flexibility•Strength- per body part
- Strength- cycling your program•Injury trends: by body part or level analysis
- Awareness of rehab protocols for coaching staff•How to work with your medical team
- How to create and establish an organized medical program at your gym•Emergency medical plan set-up
- The importance of body shaping in the formative years on higher-level injury prevention
-Trends in spine injury including full explanation of Hinge Theory
- Equipment and Rehab toys: what rehab pieces should we have at our gym?
- Therabands: how, when, and why to use them
-Plyometric program: increasing jump height
- Parent talk (can be when we are on-site) for a variety of topics including nutrition, sleep, self-care, posture, injury prevention and return to sport
- The psychology of return to sport
- Fear: how to deal with it with professional help
- Recovery: how to do it with rest, flushing, rolling, sleep, nutrition, hydration and more
- And other topics

Options for Clinic
- 1, 2, 3 day series or more- all custom
- Days or partial days with various combinations: Coaches, Parents, Athletes, Medical Staff
- Course/clinic with add on of Local Medical Program Network Creation
- Guest visit within an already-established camp or intensive
- Observation of practices for evaluation of strength, conditioning, flexibility, rotation program
- Can include general Q/A and panel discussions as well

Pricing depends on 
-Travel time
-Time spent direct interaction
-Prep and post-analysis time required
- Extra staff needed pending demands of the weekend and attendees
- Continued interaction with MedGym team after course/visit

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