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Healthy Spine = Healthy Gymnast

Even the normal falls and bumps that all children experience can result in a misalignment of the spine.  Those who take gymnastics are even more prone to having this happen.  Regular gentle chiropractic adjustments can help take care of small misalignments before they become bigger problems.  An even and balanced spine will help their performance.

Gymnastics is one of the most difficult and demanding sports in terms of stresses placed on the body’s musculoskeletal system. Both overuse injuries and acute injuries are common among these athletes due to the enormous stress placed on the joints, tendons, and ligaments.

Gymnastics is the second-leading cause of traumatic sports injuries in female athletes (just behind cheerleading), according to the National Center for Catastrophic Sports Injury Research. This may be due to the increasing level of competition and the more technical (and riskier) acrobatics that come with it. A significant amount of force is placed on the spine in the many bends, flips, and twists that gymnastics involves. Chiropractic care has helped many gymnasts recover from injuries far more quickly than with conventional care alone, returning them speedily to competition.


Gold medalist, McKayla Maroney

Gold medalist, McKayla Maroney

McKayla Maroney

McKayla Maroney, the 2011 World Vault Champion, had been injured during the pre-Olympic trials in June 2012 during a pre-meet warmup. She had landed on her back during a flip, hitting her head hard enough to cause a concussion and fracture her nasal bone. She had to get approval from the Olympic medical board to be allowed to compete in the national team trials.

The day before her assessment, she was treated by a chiropractic neurologist, Dr. Shad Groves, who assessed her neurological function and performed targeted Chiropractic adjustments to restore McKayla’s equilibrium. Despite the post-injury problems she had sustained, including problems with eye-tracking, muscle weakness and lack of balance, the Olympic medical board evaluation the day after her treatment by Dr. Groves found normal balance, improvements in her muscle strength, and no eye-tracking problems.

She successfully completed the Olympic team trials and went on to become one of the five gymnasts to be included on the U.S. women’s Olympic gymnastics team, going on to win a silver medal on vault at the 2012 Olympic Games in London and helping her team win gold.

McKayla’s mother, Erin Maroney, said of her daughter’s chiropractic care, “My daughter, McKayla, is an elite gymnast and spends 8 hours per day in the gym 6 days per week. She was constantly in pain due to the rigorous exercise and injuries, which are common at this level of gymnastics competition. The results are simply incredible!”


Kyla Ross

Kyla Ross, another member of the 2012 U.S. Olympic women’s gymnastics team who also placed first in the all-around at the 2009 Visa Championships, is another enthusiastic chiropractic patient who is treated by a Chiropractor. Kyla’s mother, Kiana Ross, says, “Kyla was having constant pain in both heels and had been misdiagnosed by several doctors over the course of 2 1/2 years. None of these doctors could find the cause of Kyla’s problem. During her initial examination, Dr. Armstrong immediately found that Kyla had a spinal cord impingement in her lower back that was causing her heel pain. He was able to relieve the pain after a couple of visits with chiropractic and the K-Laser and the pain never returned.”

Gymnasts both male and female can benefit from regular chiropractic care. Your chiropractor can keep your body in alignment and treat any misalignments before they become a problem and interfere with your performance.