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Gymnastics medicine is a new field in sports medicine/orthopedics that provides gymnastics-specific care, treatment, and prevention of gymnastics injuries, as well as medical event coverage, education, and research on gymnastics and injuries.   

The Gymnastics Medicine Clinic in Boston is the only clinic in the U.S. created exclusively for the care of gymnasts and offers treatments for all common and unique gymnastics injuries. The goal of the program is to get gymnasts back to the sport they love as quickly and as safely as possible.

The clinic is led by Elspeth “Elly” Hart, PA-C, MPAS, AT,  and supported by an entire multidisciplinary team of sports medicine and orthopedic experts at St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center. Hart drew on her extensive background as a competitive gymnast and medical professional to build a clinic that addresses the unique needs of gymnasts, their parents, and their coaches.

Hart and a team of skilled specialists work with gymnasts to diagnose and develop individualized plans of treatment. The clinic’s unique space offers an AirTrack, balance beam, uneven bar, floor bar, panel mats, and other gymnastics-specific equipment necessary for the thorough evaluation and treatment of gymnasts.

The Gymnastics Medicine Clinic treats all gymnastics injuries, including, but not limited to: 

  • Back Injuries:
    • Spondylosis, Spondylolisthesis
    • Disc injuries
    • Muscle strains
  • Hip Injuries:
    • FAI
    • Labral tears
    • Ischial tuberosity apophysitis
  • Knee Injuries:
    • Knee Internal derangement
    • Meniscus tears
    • ACL tears and sprains
    • MCL and LCL tears and sprains
    • Osgood Schlatter Disease
    • Patellar tendonitis
    • Patellofemoral syndrome
    • Knee osteochondritis dissecans (OCD)
    • ITB friction syndrome
  • Ankle/Foot Injuries:
    • Ankle Sprains and fractures
    • Talar OCD
    • Sever’s Disease/Calcaneal apophysitis
    • Shin splints
    • Muscle strains
  • Shoulder Injuries:
    • Rotator cuff tears and strains
    • Labral tears
    • AC Sprains
  • Wrist Injuries:
    • Gymnast Wrist/ Distal Radial Physeal Stress Syndrome
  • Elbow Injuries:
    • Elbow OCD
    • Olecranon apophysitis
    • Tennis/golfer’s elbow

Download the Gymnastics Medicine Clinic brochure.


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