By Dennis J. Caine, Keith Russell, Liesbeth Lim

This new quantity within the Handbook of activities medication and Science sequence, released along side the scientific fee of the foreign Olympic Committee, bargains accomplished and sensible tips at the education and therapy of aggressive gymnasts. Written and edited by way of major running shoes, workforce medical professionals, coaches and different execs with unprecedented adventure in elite gymnastics, this ebook covers the entire key facets of taking care of gymnasts, minimizing the original hazards those athletes face, and treating accidents after they take place. The ebook is equipped into four sections covering:

  • The evolution of gymnastics
  • Growth and development
  • Training and performance
  • Sports medicine

Individual chapters conceal key issues equivalent to power wishes and bodyweight administration; biomechanics; psychology; the epidemiology of gymnastic accidents; remedy and rehabilitation of universal accidents; damage prevention; and extra. recommended via the overseas Gymnastics Federation (FIG), no different e-book bargains such an in-depth examine the original concerns and demanding situations that have an effect on the expansion, functionality, education, and therapy of athletes during this not easy sport.

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Early in puberty, serum levels of FSH are typically higher than those of LH, but this reverses as puberty ensues. In the female, FSH promotes early follicular development in the ovary, and in conjunction with LH leads to gradually increasing secretion of the major circulating estrogen, estradiol. Estradiol concentrations in early puberty are quite low and vary with time of day, peak levels occurring in the morning hours. Estradiol is maintained at higher levels throughout the day as puberty progresses, and begins to show monthly cyclicity well before the onset of menstrual periods.

The maturity indicator chosen should be any definable and sequential change in any part of the body that is characteristic of the progression of the body from immaturity to maturity. The most commonly used methods to assess maturity are: skeletal maturity, sexual maturity, biochemical and hormonal maturity, somatic or morphological maturity, and dental maturity. The interrelationships among the various indicators of biological maturation are complex, because only skeletal maturity and percentage of adult stature span the entire maturation period from birth to adulthood.

Once again, the exception was peripubertal artistic gymnasts; for, as noted in boys, there was a spectrum from early to late SA during childhood, but from the peripubertal ages onward, competitive athletes were more likely to have modest delays in SA. In the main, these data are based on cross-sectional studies. In the few longitudinal studies, gains in skeletal and chronological ages were similar in both boys and girls. Given the available data, one may conclude that training for sport does not influence skeletal maturation as noted at the hand and wrist.

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