Adolescents who engage in aerogic gymnastics are at increased risk for injury. These can often be prevented by appropriate training and coaching. The authors are from the University of Sydney.


Most common sites of injury:

(1) wrist

(2) knee

(3) ankle


Adolescents from 11 to 13 are at increased risk, possibly because of the adolescent growth spurt occurring during those ages.


Risk factors for injury:

(1) fatigue

(2) learning a new or difficult maneuver (inexperience)

(3) using poor or incorrect technique

(4) excessive training and/or rapid progression in training during early adolescence (8+ hours per week when 11 years old)

(5) being in the base position for a group skill

(6) pre-existing injury including overuse injury (incomplete recovery)


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