Welcome to the new Q&A Discussion Forum! Find everything we have lined up for this month below including our feature module, the chance to talk to our Gymnastics expert and test your knowledge in our expert's case study.
The Gymnastics module is our feature module this month! Gymnastics is a popular sport for children and adolescents. Within the sport there are a number of disciplines, with each explained clearly in the module, along with the requirements for each sport. The range of common injuries and conditions to be aware of are discussed.
Subscribers can access the module via the below button or by navigating to the 'Sport Specific' eSeries within the Academy content library.
Each month the SEM Academy team pick a topical subject and source our very best global experts, to provide you with current information and research.
During the month we invite you to use the discussion forum below to enter your questions and interact with your SEM peers.
The content expert will respond right here, on this page, and interact with you through out the month. Discussion only lasts for one month, so start asking!
Dr Kathy Yu
Kathy has been working with gymnasts for 35 years, starting as a coach and working up to CMO of Gymnastics Australia since 2015. She is the Consultant doctor for the National Institute of Circus Arts (NICA) and manages workcover injuries for a number of Performing Arts companies and Musical Theatre Productions.
I’d like you to meet “AP” a 12 year old competitive female gymnast. AP usually trains 16 hours per week, over 5 sessions at the gym. She is aiming to compete at the National Championships at level 8 in the National stream (she is not in the International/elite stream). Her coach is a 19 year old level 10 gymnast, who has completed her GA nationally recognized coaching course.
AP has been training at home during the COVID lockdowns. She has 4 x 2 hour sessions over Zoom during the week. The activities consist of conditioning and stretching, handstands, plyometrics, and dance. AP has stuck a line onto the carpet of her living room to practice beam, and she has a 5m airmat in the backyard for tumbling. She presents to you with right (dominant) elbow clicking.
The clicking started a month ago and initially was only noticeable during pushups, but is now causing some problems with weight bearing and hanging. She intermittently gets a locking sensation which is relieved by shaking the elbow. AP describes a discomfort in the elbow, but not pain. Her coach noticed (over the video) that she does not fully straighten the elbow during her activities.
Case written by Dr Kathy Yu