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Tmacs

Proud Parent
Feb 19, 2019
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My very thin daughter has a reoccurring bruise from kipping and casting and hitting her hip/pelvis area on the bar. It's currently very painful. It will get a little better with a few days off but then come back again. Any ideas on how to prevent or protect this area or help it heal quickly?
 

Livelovegymnastics

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Mar 20, 2022
64
This is very common I feel, not everyone talks about it since it is an awkward spot to get bruised. I get the same thing, and I usually wear shorts when that happens and then ice the area when I get home.
 
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ProudGymnast

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Feb 16, 2021
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This is very common I feel, not everyone talks about it since it is an awkward spot to get bruised. I get the same thing, and I usually wear shorts when that happens and then ice the area when I get home.
Yep, its quite common.

Usually happens around level 4/5 or whenever gymnasts start trying to connect kip to casts, due to a rushed entry into the pike position required to cast high. It can be fixed by not forcing your hips to the bar at the last moment, but instead being patient and keeping your hips pressed to the bar as early as possible and rocking forward instead of bouncing forward. Generally it is a stage that will pass.
 
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CuriousCate

Proud Parent
Jul 12, 2016
694
I feel like both my kids had this when learning baby giants. I hated watching them do that skill and slam their little bodies into the bar!