Brooke Clark & Isabella Hacker (Period 7)
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- Ankle Injuries — sprains will occur most often with damage to the ligaments. This can result in anything from bruising and swelling with slight tears to a completely torn ligament that is accompanied by severe pain and functional disability.
- Back Injuries — types of back injuries include spondylolysis (instability or fracture without displacement in the lower lumber region), spondylolisthesis (fractures due to constant bending of the back), herniated disks (pushing on the fibers of the intervertibral disk on nerves or spinal cords), and Scheurmann’s Disease (curvature of the upper back)
- Taut and Unstable Hamstrings — often caused by an unbalance in the muscle groups making them prone to bruising
- Knee Injuries—or Osgood Schlatter’s Disease (inflammation of the knee)
- Shoulder Injuries—mostly inflammation of the tendon muscles due to constant rotation of the arms
- Wrist Injuries—or Dorsal Wrist Impingement due to repeated hyperextension of the wrists.
Graduation rates for female gymnasts exceed 90 percent.
Better than 35 percent of NCAA gymnasts have achieved a 3.5 or better in school over the last two years.
In a per capita comparison, gymnasts have received more NCAA Post-Graduate Scholarships than any other female sport over the last 5 years.
In a per capita comparison, gymnasts have received more NCAA Women of the Year Finalist awards than any other female sport over the last 5 years.
In a per capita comparison, gymnasts place second in the CoSIDA Verizon Academic All-American Awards over the last 3 years.
There are over 3 million children participating in gymnastics in this country. Over the last 5 years, the number of private clubs has increased by 37.5 percent to a new total of 4,452.
Over the last 10 years, gymnastics is the only female sport for which opportunities have decreased while all other sports have seen an overall average of 117 percent increase in opportunities.
4 out of the 89 programs at the end of 2002, and subsequently 70 roster spots out of 1,397, will further exacerbate the decline in opportunities for the nearly 45,000 high school-aged gymnasts. Also, 3 million children participating in gymnastics. Next, asking the athletes to come up with better than $4 million to keep their program alive.