Gymnastics Injuries Sept/Oct 2014

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Rachel Gowey after hurting her ankle during podium training for 2014 US National Championships
Photo Credit: Christy Ann Linder

Unfortunately, the list is growing. Just like last year, we are having a pre-Worlds surge which is to be expected as landings move to harder surfaces and competition season heats up. There have been a few injuries that have shaken up World teams and federations. The biggest one is arguably Diana Bulimar, without whom Romania has exactly 6 senior athletes tos end to Worlds. This is the 2nd time in 2 years that she will miss World Championships due to knee injury. The other one is Rachel Gowey of the USA. Although not a lock for the team, she was slowly but surely making a name for herself. After a strong performance at Secret Classic, a good performance at US Nationals would have helped to make her case. Unfortunately, she suffered from a broken ankle on a beam dismount and is out for the season. Maggie Nichols was injured at the 2014 Pan American Championships - her kneecap was dislocated but immediately slid back into place (via The Gymternet). We are still waiting to hear if she will attend the USA Selection Camp. She will not attend the USA Selection Camp.

There have also been a few exciting comebacks. Although there's no video or score, Gabby Jupp has returned to competition. She recently competed at a Great Britain World selection camp. We do not know on what events, etc. but I am glad to see her back fighting for a spot. Russia's Viktoria Komova returned to competition on the uneven bars. Right now, she is not listed on the Russian team but if she adds another event, Valentina Rodionenko will consider giving her a spot.

This lists consists of National Team members and a few select others that had to miss out on competition due to injury.

Note: Removed return to competition list at the bottom.
*Gabby Jupp recently competed at a control competition for GBR World team selection

A MAG injury list has been compiled by Full Twist here.

Name (Country)InjuryReturn to Competition
2014 Injuries
Elisa Cherino GERFractured cervical vertebrae (Mar)
Loan His FRA jr??? (Jun)
Miriana Almeida MEX??? (Aug)
Ida Gustafsson SWE??? (Aug)
Sandra Collantes PER??? (Sep)
Maelys Plessis FRA??? (Sep)
Anne Kuhm FRACollarbone (Jan)
Simone Biles USAShoulder (Feb)Jul 2014
Kirsten Beckett RSAShoulder surgery (Aug)
Peyton Ernst USADislocated shoulder + surgery (Aug)
Louise Vanhille FRAElbow (Mar)
Rebecca Tunney GBRElbow (May)
Bailie Key USA jrElbow (Jul)
Alyssa Baumann USAElbow (Aug)Sep 2014
Ayelen Taribini ARGDislocated Elbow (Sep)
Yuna Hiraiwa JPNBroken Finger (Sep)
Kyla Ross USABack (Jan)Mar 2014
McKayla Maroney USAKnee surgery (Feb)
Tyesha Mattis GBR jr??? (Mar)
Jade Barbosa BRAKnee surgery (Aug)
Diana Bulimar ROUKnee surgery (Aug)
Giulia Steingruber SUIKnee bone bruise (Mar)May 2014
Vanasia Bradley USA jrTorn ACL & meniscus, broken patella (Jun)
Nadine Jarosch - GERTorn ACL surgery (2013)
Torn ACL surgery (Jul)
Janine Berger - GERTorn ACL surgery (Aug)
Mariya Livchikova UKRKnee (Aug)retirement
Maria Paula Vargas ESPTorn ACL & partial meniscal tear (Sep)
Anastasia Grishina RUSTorn meniscus & broken patella (Apr)
Laurie Hernandez USA jrFractured wrist (Jan)
Torn patellar tendon & dislocated kneecap (Jun)

Maggie NicholsDislocated kneecap (Aug)
Carlotta Ferlito ITACalf strain + medical issue (Mar)Sep 2014
Ksenia Afanasyeva RUSAnkle surgery (Apr)
Viktoria Komova RUSAnkle surgery (Apr)Aug 2014
Wendy de Jong NED jrAnkle (Jul)
Gabriella DouglasAnkle surgery (Aug)
Rachel Gowey USAAnkle break (Aug)
Sophie Scheder GERSprained ankle + 2 torn ligaments (Mar)May 2014
Maria Paseka RUSSprained ankle (Sep)
Maria Bondareva RUS jrSwollen ligaments in ankle (Apr)
Lexie Priessman - USAAchilles tendon strain ('13)
Torn fibular ligament (Aug)
Evgenia Zhukova RUSTorn Achilles (Apr)
Valentine Sabatou FRATorn Achilles (Sep)
Francesca Deagostini ITAFoot injury/fracture (Jun-Aug)
Elisabeth Seitz GERFoot injury (Aug)Sep 2014
Rebeca Andrade BRA jrToe injury (Jul)

Data as of 8/3 2:30PM:
There are 37 athletes on this injured list. 8 of those athletes are juniors, 29 are seniors.
- There has been one serious head/neck injury by Germany's Elisa Cherino. She required emergency surgery for a fractured cervical veterbrae. She is still in the hospital in Berlin. You can find more information on her facebook page or her website.
- Of the known injuries to 28 seniors, 3 were shoulder injuries and 3 were elbow.
- Only Kyla Ross is listed with a back injury and has since returned.
- There were no abdominal or hip injuries.
- There are a total of 8 seniors with knee injures - 3 of which are confirmed ACL tears. Only 2 (Steingruber and Maroney) are known not to be ACL injuries. The remaining 3 athletes just have "knee injures" - no specific comment on nature of the injury.
- There were 8 ankle injuries of the 28 seniors, 2 of which were Achilles tears and 1 confirmed broken ankle. There were 5 non-specific ankle injuries and 2 foot injuries.
- By joint for seniors: neck (1/28); shoulder (3/28); elbow (3/28); knee (8/28); ankle (8/28)


Name (Country)InjuryReturn to Competition
End of 2013
Katelyn Ohashi - USAShoulder surgery + Back
Sabrina Vega USAShoulder surgery
Julie Croket - BELElbowAug 2014
Sarah Finnegan - USAElbow surgery
Enus Mariani jr - ITABack injury (May)
Eythora Thorsdottir - NED jrBackOct 2014
Gabby Jupp - GBRTorn ACL at Europeans; surgery*Aug 2014
Kim Janas GER jrACL; surgeryOct 2014
Chantysha Netteb NEDACL
Lisa Ecker AUTR PCL and meniscusAug 2014
Luo Peiru - CHNAchilles & fractured kneecap
CĂ©line van Gerner - NEDAnkle surgery
Adrian Gomes - BRA
Koko Tsurumi - JPN
Gabriella Douglas - CANShoulder surgeryMay 2014
Giorgia Campana - ITAElbowFeb 2014
Lou Nina - CHNElbowApr 2014
Maria Paseka - RUSBack painApr 2014
Anastasia Grishina - RUSBack pain/pinched nerveApr 2014
Diana Bulimar - ROMKnee injuryMar 2014
Youna Dufournet - FRAKnee surgeryMar 2014
Elisabetta Preziosa - ITAKneeFeb 2014
Adriana Crisci - ITATorn ACL after DTYFeb 2014
Ana Lago - MEXTorn ACL; surgeryMay 2014
Erika Fasana - ITATibiaFeb 2014
Marine Brevet - FRATorn Achilles tendon; surgeryMar 2014
Wyomi Masela - NEDTorn achilles tendon; surgeryJun 2014
Ksenia Afanasyeva - RUSAnkle surgeryApr 2014
Madison Kocian - USAAnkle sprain at P&GsFeb 2014
Jessica Lopez VENAnkleFeb 2014
Cintia Rodriguez ESPAnkle; surgeryFeb 2014
Jade Barbosa - BRALigament ruptureMar 2014

We wish all these athletes a speedy recovery and best of luck with their rehabilitation.


  1. I believe Lou Nina returned to competition at Chinese Nationals this year. Saw a couple videos of her beam and fx on Youtube recently.

    1. Thank you! Just corrected it. I saw video from April so I'll use that.

  2. I'm so curious how you managed to compile these lists of injuries? Some of the injuries listed are very specific. I look high and low to find out what happened to my favorite gymnasts if they get injured and can never seem to find out.

    1. I follow a lot of federation accounts and will translate as needed. The one I have the toughest time with is China.

  3. Thanks for the answer. What do you mean federation accounts? Where? On Facebook?

    1. Usually facebook. USA is the biggest user of twitter probably. Everyone else seems to be facebook. Germany, for example, will share information pretty quickly on facebook. You can go through my likes on facebook to find a few federations:

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