Good luck Smartie Pants getting back into it. Sorry- I'm a parent so I hope you don't mind me sharing with you on this post. I think you have made the correct decision, as apparently your desire to continue with this sport is still there. Better to act on it now, as if you don't, you'll wonder the rest of your life if you gave up too soon. I applaud your efforts. You are correct in wondering how you will be able to adjust getting back into it after being out. This is good, as you are very aware that it might not be easy, and are approaching this cautiously. Take things slowly, one step at a time, and address any problems such as aches and pains as they come along. Take plenty of time stretching and conditioning, and perform drills to build up to the skills that you used to do. As Bob suggested, it might be a bit hard and you'll have some weak areas, but be open to getting help such as therapy when needed. I've seen a few gymnasts take time off, some as much as a year, and they were able to get back into it. Of course, you won't hit the ground running, but you'll get there eventually. Bob, if you are reading this, I love your posts! You are so entertaining and you bring such insight into some of the issues being discussed on this site. Smartie, I am interested in how you do because my own daughter is starting again after being out 4 months. I am thrilled for her, and she is excited, yet we as parents are concerned about her safety. We are afraid she might try to jump right in where she left off. I spoke with her (new) coach for a long time the other day and he assured me that all these safety factors will be considered in her return to gymnastics. He also said she should have no problem getting her skills back. Just a note: not sure what skills you did before, but my other nongymnast daughter just did a roundoff-backhandspring back tuck yesterday at cheerleading practice, and she has not done that in almost 4 years. Gymnastics is mental; once you learn it, you really never forget, you just need to make sure your body is conditioned enough to cooperate. Could it be like riding a bike? Maybe, but I certainly won't be trying it at MY age!