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Update on Artistic Gymnastics

Overlin, Amy Jo F. MD1,2; Chima, Biljinder MD2; Erickson, Steven MD1,2

doi: 10.1249/JSR.0b013e31822dc3b2
Sport-Specific Illness and Injury

Gymnastics continues to be one of the most popular and injury-prone sports in the United States. The National Collegiate Athletic Association cites women's artistic gymnastics as second only to spring football in its rate of injury during practices, and fourth overall when combining competition and practice injury rates. Because of the physical demands of the sport of gymnastics, a wide variety of injuries occur. This article reviews some of the most recent literature on the sport of artistic gymnastics. A broad differential may be required to diagnose correctly a presenting injury in a gymnast.

1Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ; and 2St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center/Arizona State University Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship, Tempe, AZ

Address for correspondence: Amy Jo F. Overlin, MD, Arizona State University, PO Box 872104, Tempe, AZ 85287 (E-mail:

© 2011 American College of Sports Medicine