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Hi  my name is caitlyn I am 25 and live In sunny south Florida. I saw this  Website and I had a question for you. I have been searching hoping someone could help me answer a question I have had for a long time. So I started doing gymnastics, and acrobatics when i was 5 and I actively did it and passionately did  it until I was 15. I initially took some time off to focus on high school, but now it's been 11 years. I have been wanting to get back in to the sport I love and miss. Even after 11 years there are still something's i can do, like a round off and cartwheel and the occasional front limber and handstand. but I lost a lot to. The stuff I used to do with out thinking like a split or a back bend or a front flip. I was wondering if it's possible to get that back. So maybe I won't be at the level 15 year old me was but if I could get that flexibility and body back that would be great. I still have some of that body but not all of it. I have fibromyalgia and I constantly have to be stretching to keep pain at bay and I loved gymnastics because it was intense but so much fun and my body felt awesome. I also have scoliosis and its at the point where my doctor says no super high impact excercise. Which sucks more than you know.  I am 25 now is it possible to still do some of the gymnastics that I did and regain at least some of what I lost? If so I would love to how I would go about that.  I really want to get back doing what I have always loved. I will do whatever it takes to keep gymnastics an active part of my life. I hope you can give me some helpful advice and answers.

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Caitlyn

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Hi Caitlyn,

You wrote, "I was wondering if it's possible to get that back (gymnastics skills)..." and, "my doctor says no super high impact exercise."

Hmm... As a coach I would require you to have a clear bill of health from a qualified medical doctor. If that is not possible, I would want a specific description of activities you could participate in signed off on by the doctor. Unfortunately, in your case there may be some liability issues for the coach and the gym if you get injured doing activities a doctor specifically warns you against.

Check with your doctor first, then get evaluated by a qualified gymnastics coach with USAG Safety Certification. Work together as a team; you, the doctor, and the coach to determine what you can safely do in the sport of gymnastics.

Stay safe and healthy!

Coach Rik

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I can answer questions regarding all levels of the sport of women's gymnastics, the business of gymnastics, and the marketing of gymnastics programs.

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I am the author of "Gymnastics: A Guide for Parents and Athletes" currently being published by McGraw-Hill. I am also a ghostwriter and co-author of the Gymcert series of books "Levels 1-3 Gymnastics Coaches Certifications Manuals" for recreational gymnasts, and the "Levels 4 - 6 Skills and Drills" books as well as Safety Basics for Gymnastics Instructors. I have written several other books on the sport of gymnastics for Richardson Publishing, the latest of which is titled, "Back Handsprings: The Secret Techniques." Oh, and by the way, I was a competitive gymnast through high school and college (Temple University), gymnastics club owner for 10 years, and women's gymnastics coach for 30 years working with gymnasts at all competitive levels

Organizations
USA Gymnastics National Writer's union Florida Writer's Association

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USA Gymnastics magazine Technique magazine International Gymnast magazine several newspaper articles

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Temple University - Health Physical Education, Recreation & Dance Norwich University - Bachelors of Arts in Writing & Literature

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Several state and national level gymnastics champions in different systems of competition.

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Gymnasts, coaches, and club owners nation-wide.

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