Gymnastics: Injuries & Myths…


I don’t know many people that don’t enjoy watching gymnastics during the Olympics. It’s unfortunate we won’t be able to watch them this upcoming summer but here’s hoping for 2021. It’s estimated that nearly 75,000 of our kids participate in gymnastics. However, there is a risk of injury and there are also some common myths or misconceptions about gymnastics that may shy some people away from the sport. Today in the podcast I’ll be joined by two pediatric sports medicine physicians who are former gymnasts themselves and we will discuss gymnastics, common injuries we see often in our clinics, as well as tackle some of the possible myths and misconceptions of the sport to help parents and their kids better appreciate the sport and stay safe in the process. And if you are a gymnastics coach, feel free to listen in to this discussion as I’m sure there will be some things new to you.


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Dr. Mark Halstead - Host of The Pediatric Sports Medicine Podcast - St. Louis, MOMark Halstead: 

Dr. Mark Halstead received his medical degree from the University of Wisconsin Medical School. He stayed at the University of Wisconsin for his pediatric residency, followed by a year as the chief resident. Following residency, he completed a pediatric and adult sports medicine fellowship at Vanderbilt University. He has been an elected member to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Council on Sports Medicine and Fitness and the Board of Directors of the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine (AMSSM). He has served as a team physician or medical consultant to numerous high schools, Vanderbilt University, Belmont University, Washington University, St. Louis Cardinals, St. Louis Blues, St. Louis Athletica, and St. Louis Rams. He serves and has served on many local, regional and national committees as an advisor for sports medicine and concussions. Dr. Halstead is a national recognized expert in sport-related concussions and pediatric sports medicine.

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Dr. Terra Blatnik - A Guest on The Pediatric Sports Medicine PodcastTara Blatnik: 

Dr. Terra Blatnik is one of my partners at St Louis Children’s Hospital and part of our Young Athlete Center. She received her medical degree from Case Western Reserve in Cleveland and then stayed in Cleveland at Rainbow Babies Children’s Hospital for her pediatrics residency and sports medicine fellowship. She is a contributor to Mom Docs, a group of physicians at St Louis Children’s Hospital who provide information on various medical topics to moms.

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Emily Sweeney: 

Dr. Emily Sweeney is a assistant professor of pediatric sports medicine  at Children’s Hospital Colorado. She completed her undergraduate and medical school degrees at the University of Missouri and did a pediatric residency at Phoenix Children’s Hospital. Following residency she completed a sports medicine fellowship at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio. Her research interest is in gymnastics injury prevention. She has lectured on gymnastics’ focused topics at national and international conferences and she was also the editor of a textbook published in 2019 on Gymnastic Medicine.v

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