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Old 03-09-2006, 11:34 PM   #2
Blair Robert Lowe
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Actually I wouldn't say every gymnast. It's completely genetic though I use to believe it used to be called.
I see it more with girls, but that's probably to either more girls being in the sport; but I've heard there could be a gender specific predisposition to. I'm on the fence about that, but the ratios almost seem to support that.

I like to call it freak elbow, which is half offensive half a joke to the girls that have it. They don't seem to mind it, but watch out how adults can take it.

It really has freaked me out when it comes to tumbling with gymnasts who have this. Of course- they are the ones who sometimes complain of joint pain or what not during tumbling. It will stress the joints, but this also has something to do with the angle of hand placement in line with their skeletal structure.

About the only remedy I've heard for this is...condition the muscles around joints for hyperextension. That's about the best one can do.

Roger was telling me of some guy who used to compete and his elbows would nearly touch in a ring handstand.
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