Within the past five years, two U.S. female gymnasts at theOlympic level, Christy Henrich and Julissa Gomez, died frommedical problems related to their sport. Christy died from complicationsof anorexia nervosa and Julissa from complications of spinaltrauma due to a vaulting injury.
In this Olympic year, it is timely to discuss the psychologicaland physical problems associated with competitive women's gymnastics.Women's gymnastics provides a useful framework for viewing worrisometrends in other competitive youth sports. In the United States,organized athletic programs involve at least 20 million childrenand adolescents each year, with more than 2 . . . [Full Text of this Article]
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