ITP #701 - Sports Science - BULLET PROOFING YOUR ATHLETE

NEW FOR 2016!

This course will address the many ways to use movement to BULLET PROOF YOUR 
ATHLETE.  The interactive course will touch on the fundamentals of the core, upper 
and lower body shaping, stretching, taping techniques, and return to sport after 
rehab.  There will be a hands-on taping lab portion, where you will get a chance to 
try out some of the most effective taping techniques with gymnasts. We will take a 
biomechanical approach to loading the upper and lower body in gymnastics and 
address ways, even with beginners, to bullet proof them early when teaching shapes 
and loading.  We will touch on nuerodynamic or “kinesiological” stretching along 
with other stretching methods to improve flexibility.  The course will include ideas 
of how to incorporate prevention in the gym based on motor learning to get the 
greatest effects and carry over of corrective exercises.  We will discuss return to 
sport after rehab based on tissue healing and addressing skill selection for common 
injuries.  You will go home with an extensive plan of how to bullet proof your 
athletes.
BULLET PROOFING YOUR ATHLETE Course Outline 
1. Introduction: Injury prevalence and risks in the sport of gymnastics
2. Core: The Foundation of Movement (1.0 hr)
a. What makes up the core?
b. Brief anatomy
c. Introduction of the pelvic floor 
d. Posture affects on the core and central stability
e. Dynamic core training
3. Shaping and loading: Upper Body (1.0 hr)
a. Most common shape in the sport of gymnastics (STRAIGHT BODY)
b. Brief anatomy
c. Shoulder blade and core connection
d. How to achieve straight body in upper body
e. How to load the wrist and upper body 
4. Shaping and loading: Lower Body (1.0 hr)
a. Brief anatomy
b. Hip and Core connection.
c. How to achieve a straight body in lower body
d. How to load the foot and lower body 
5. Stretching (1.0 hr)
a. Dynamic stretching
b. Neuromuscular “stretching”/retraining 
c. Neurodynamic/ Kinesiological Stretching
d. Vibration stretching 
e. Static stretching 
6. Taping (1.5 hr)
a. Athletic Tape vs K tape
b. Common taping techniques; include pre-test, tape, post-test
i. Wrist athletic tape
ii. Ankle K tape
iii. Ankle Athletic tape
iv. Knee K tape
v. Elbow K tape
vi. Shoulder K tape
vii. K tape for swelling
7. Competition After Rehab (0.5 hr)
a. When to return to sport?
b. Tissue healing and timeframes
c. Skill selection (go through general rule of thumbs for common injuries 
(ankle sprain, knee hypertext, acl, SLAP tear, SI joint hyper mobility, 
L5-S1 hypermobility, spondy)
d. Longevity of the athlete in the sport and outside of gymnastics.