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For those of you who don’t know, my oldest daughter is a gymnast. She’s been at her current gym for about 6 years now.
Natalie has just finished her second year competing XCEL Platinum with Osgood Schlatters pain that has been going on for over a year. Since we are currently quarantined during the Corona Virus, it’s the perfect time for her to get the break that we planned on taking once the season was over.
We are just starting week 3 of the Core Advantage Program. She started out with a pain level of 8/10 and finishing off week 2 at a 2 or 3/10! Not having completed the entire program yet, I don’t want to say it has worked 100% but so far, this is looking promising. I would love for her to get through practice or a competition without limping out in pain.
Before she started the Core Advantage Program, she went through 10 weeks of physical therapy as recommended by her doctor. She also took it easy at the gym and during PE at school for the duration of her PT time which meant little to no tumbling at the gym, no running in PE, etc.
As we prepped for starting the program, I researched the best foam rollers and purchased two different types.
- I originally bought the 321 Strong Foam Roller for me, recommended by a friend, to roll out areas of soreness on myself. So I’ve had this roller for quite a while but started Natalie on it at the beginning of the program.
- I purchased this simple ProsourceFit High Density Foam Roller because she uses one similar at the gym and I thought having an option without the ridges might be better. After trying them both, she prefers the first one.
Another item that is recommended for the program are ankle weights. We already had some at the house but you could purchase something similar to the ones we use for home training.
I’m looking forward to finishing up this program and seeing her enjoy her sport without so much pain in the future! If you’ve tried the Core Advantage program, or another one like it, for your gymnast or athlete I would love to hear your results. Stay safe and keep clean during this quarantine.
If you are looking for an update after we finished the program, be sure to check out this post.
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