Gymnastics Injuries 2016 Jan-Apr

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The end of this list is in sight! This list hurts my heart. Not to mention it's the Olympic year so every injury is triple-y as heart breaking because of the stress it places on Olympic dreams. Le sigh.

Kim Janas of Germany was doing well rehabbing an ACL tear but unfortunately hurt her elbow so it out for a bit longer now. It's unclear how long it will take her to get back considering whatever advances she made on bar will have to be held at the moment. Wyomi Masela of the Netherlands is a new addition to the list. Following the 2012 Test Event/Olympics, Masela was struggling with motivation. When I finally heard she was thinking about coming back, she then had a back injury. Now she has a torn Achilles. I'm not sure if she's competed this quad but this injury will certainly test her.

The second torn Achilles for the month goes to USA's Nia Dennis. Her junior to senior transition wasn't the easiest but we started to see sparks of the old Nia Dennis after her gym change. Unfortunately, this injury could put her out of the running for the Olympic team. Nia's best claim, however, is that she was a strong uneven bar worker and should her rehab be going well, she could potentially make it back on uneven bars but it's a risk. She posted on snapchat that she'll be back so, despite the injury, her smile hasn't wavered.

Best of luck to the athletes this year!!!

Note about the list:
The list consists of national team members that have had some injury that keeps them out of competition. (c) indicates gymnasts that have returned to national team camp or control competition but not yet to a "public" competition.
Retirement means retirement from elite competition. Some athletes may go on to do NCAA or compete for their local/provincial team but maybe not on a national/international level.

Updated April 24, 2016


Name (Country)InjuryReturn to Competition
Tyesha Mattis GBR??? (Mar)
Carlotta Ferlito ITA??? (Mar)
Ekaterina Sokova RUS??? (Mar)
Fan Yilin CHNShoulder pain (Mar)Apr 2016
Pauline SchaeferShoulder pain (Mar)Apr 2016
Larisa Iordache ROUFinger fracture and surgery (Mar)
Nina Derwael BELHand injury (Mar)
Viktoria Komova RUSBack injury (Mar)
Kim Janas GERACL tear (May '15)
Elbow dislocation (Feb)
Mary-Anne Monckton AUSACL tear (Mar)
Aleeza Yu CANKnee injury (Oct '14)
Ankle injury (Feb)
Feb 2016

Tabea Alt GERKnee injury (Mar)Apr 2016
Maggie Nichols USAMeniscus surgery (Apr)
Roxana Popa ESPMeniscus surgery (Mar)
Nia Dennis USAAchilles surgery (Feb)
Wyomi Masela NEDAchilles surgery (Feb)
Maartje Ruikes NEDAchilles injury (Feb)
Norah Flatley USAAnkle injury (Feb) ?
Laura Jurca ROUAnkle fracture (Mar)


Name (Country)InjuryReturn to Competition
Ruby Harrold GBR??? (Mar)Sep 2015
Axelle Klinckaert BEL??? (Mar)May 2015
Teal Grindle GBRShoulder injury (Mar)Nov 2015
Yao Jinnan CHNShoulder surgery (Feb)Apr 2016
Ashton Locklear USAShoulder surgery (Mar)Aug 2015
Sabrina Vega USAShoulder surgery (Mar)Jul 2015
Marta Costa ESPShoulder surgery (May)
Youna Dufournet FRAShoulder surgery (Jun)Mar 2016
Anna Pavlova AZEElbow injury (Apr)retirement
Aliya Mustafina RUSBack (Sep)Apr 2016
Kelly Simm GBRBack (Dec)
Lisa Ecker AUTKnee injury (Apr)Oct 2015
Yesenia Ferrera CUBKnee injury (May)? retirement
Elsa Garcia MEXKnee injury (Oct)Feb 2016
Giulia Steingruber SUIKnee injury (Oct)Mar 2016
Chantysha Netteb NEDKnee reoperation (Mar)Mar 2016
Diana Bulimar ROUKnee surgery (Jun)Sep 2015
Raer Theaker GBRKnee surgery (Jun)
Elbow surgery (Nov)
Sep 2015
Alessandra Thompson RSAKnee surgery (Jun)
Anastasia Grishina RUSTorn meniscus & broken patella (Apr '14)
ACL tear (Mar)
Feb 2015
Sep 2015
Gabby Jupp GBRACL tear (Mar)Mar 2016
Jonna Adlerteg SWEACL tear (Apr)Feb 2016
Kim Bui GERACL tear (May)
Rebeca Andrade BRAACL tear (Jun)Mar 2016
Lauren Mitchell AUSACL tear (Jun)Mar 2016 (c)
Carlotta Ferlito ITAFoot injury (Feb)Mar 2015
Larisa Iordache ROUFoot injury (Mar)Sep 2015
Laura Waem BELFoot injury (Mar)Sep 2015 (c)
Isa Maassen NEDFoot injury (Jun)Dec 2015
Catherine Lyons GBR jrStress fracture (Jun)
Koko Tsurumi JPNAchilles tear (May)Nov 2015
Catalina PonorAchilles surgery (Oct)Mar 2016
Lara Mori ITAAnkle injury (Mar)Sep 2015
Julie Croket BEL??? (Mar)
Ankle sprain (Sep)
Oct 2015
Mira Boumejmajen FRAAnkle injury (Mar)retirement
Alla Sosnitskaya RUSAnkle injury (Apr)Sep 2015
Marta Pihan-Kulesza POLAnkle injury (May)Oct 2015
Noel van Klaveren NEDAnkle surgery (May)Sep 2015 (c)
Felicia Hano USAAnkle injury (Jul)retirement
Arianna Rocca ITAAnkle injury (Sep)Feb 2016
Ana Maria Ocolisan ROUElbow surgery (Feb)
Ankle injury (Oct)
Jun 2015
Mar 2016
Iosra Abdelaziz ITAFoot surgery (Jan)
Martina Rizzelli ITAMetatarsal fracture + surgery (Sep)Feb 2016
Nina Derwael BELToe injury (Nov)Mar 2016
Vanessa Ferrari ITAMedical - mononucleosis (Mar)Apr 2015


Name (Country)InjuryReturn to Competition
Elisa Cherino GERFractured cervical vertebrae (Mar)FB; site
Miriana Almeida MEX??? (Aug)May 2015
Sandra Collantes PER??? (Sep)retire - NCAA
Anne Kuhm FRACollarbone (Jan)Feb 2015 (c)
Mar 2015
Kirsten Beckett RSAShoulder surgery (Aug)Jun 2015
Peyton Ernst USADislocated shoulder + surgery (Aug)Apr 2015 (c)
Ida Gustafsson SWEShoulder injury (Aug)
Rebecca Tunney GBRElbow (May)Sep 2015
Bailie Key USA jrElbow (Jul)Oct 2014 (c)
Mar 2015
Ayelen Taribini ARGDislocated Elbow (Sep)*May 2015
Madison Kocian USAWrist surgery (Nov)Mar 2015 (c)
Yuna Hiraiwa JPNBroken Finger (Sep)Apr 2015
Elisa Meneghini ITABack (Oct)Mar 2015
Aliya Mustafina RUSBack (Dec)Jun 2015
McKayla Maroney USAKnee surgery (Feb) + medical
Jade Barbosa BRAKnee surgery (Aug)Jun 2015
Diana Bulimar ROUKnee surgery (Aug)Mar 2015
Cintia Rodriguez ESPKnee surgery (Nov)Jul 2015
Vanasia Bradley USA jrTorn ACL & meniscus, broken patella (Jun)Jan 2016
Nadine Jarosch GERTorn ACL surgery (2013)
Torn ACL surgery (Jul)
Janine Berger GERTorn ACL surgery (Aug)Sep 2015
Maria Paula Vargas ESPTorn ACL & partial meniscal tear (Sep)Jul 2015
Laura Longueville FRATorn ACL surgery (Oct)
2nd surgery (Mar '15)
Kristyna Palesova CZETorn ACL, meniscal tear, ligament tear (Nov)
Roxana Popa ESPTorn ACL & meniscus (Dec)Oct 2015
Laurie Hernandez USA jrFractured wrist (Jan)
Torn patellar tendon & dislocated kneecap (Jun)

Nov 2014 (c)
Maggie Nichols USADislocated kneecap (Aug)Jan 2015 (c)
Mar 2015
Tyesha Mattis GBR jrAnkle (Mar)Dec 2014 (c)
Mar 2015
Wendy de Jong NED jrAnkle (Jul)Mar 2016
Lauren Mitchell AUSAnkle (Oct)May 2015
Giulia Steingruber SUIKnee bone bruise (Mar)
Ankle ligament sprain + 2 stress fractures (Nov)
May 2014
Mar 2015
Gabriella Douglas CANAnkle surgery (Aug)Feb 2015
Rachel Gowey USAAnkle break (Aug)Nov 2014 (c)
Jul 2015
Maelys Plessis FRAAnkle stress fracture (Sep)retirement
Lexie Priessman USAAchilles tendon strain ('13)
Torn fibular ligament (Aug)
Mary-Anne Monckton AUSTorn peroneal tendon (Oct)Apr 2015 (c)
Jul 2015
Evgenia Zhukova RUSTorn Achilles (Apr)retirement
Valentine Sabatou FRATorn Achilles (Sep)retirement
Francesca Deagostini ITAFoot injury/fracture (Jun-Aug)Feb 2015
Elisabeth Seitz GERFoot injury (Aug)
Foot surgery (Nov)
Sep 2014
May 2015
Giorgia Campana ITAFoot injury (Nov)Feb 2015
Simone Biles USAShoulder (Feb)Jul 2014
Louise Vanhille FRAElbow (Mar)Nov 2014
Alyssa Baumann USAElbow (Aug)Sep 2014
Kyla Ross USABack (Jan)Mar 2014
Mariya Livchikova UKRTorn ACL (Aug)retirement
Loan His FRA jrHyperextended knee (Jun)Nov 2014
Carlotta Ferlito ITACalf strain + medical issue (Mar)Sep 2014
Sophie Scheder GERSprained ankle + 2 torn ligaments (Mar)May 2014
Maria Paseka RUSSprained ankle (Sep)Nov 2014
Ksenia Afanasyeva RUSAnkle surgery (Apr)Nov 2014
Viktoria Komova RUSAnkle surgery (Apr)Aug 2014
Maria Bondareva RUS jrSwollen ligaments in ankle (Apr)May 2014
Rebeca Andrade BRA jrToe injury (Jul)Nov 2014


Name (Country)InjuryReturn to Competition
Sabrina Vega USAShoulder surgeryNov 2014 (c)
Chantysha Netteb NEDACLFeb 2015
Katelyn Ohashi - USAShoulder surgery + BackJan 2015
Julie Croket - BELElbowAug 2014
Sarah Finnegan - USAElbow surgeryJan 2015
Enus Mariani jr - ITABack injury (May)Nov 2014
Eythora Thorsdottir - NED jrBackOct 2014
Gabby Jupp - GBRTorn ACL at Europeans; surgeryAug 2014
Kim Janas GER jrACL; surgeryOct 2014
Lisa Ecker AUTR PCL and meniscusAug 2014
Luo Peiru - CHNAchilles & fractured kneecapretirement
CĂ©line van Gerner - NEDAnkle surgerySep 2014
Adrian Gomes - BRAretirement
Koko Tsurumi - JPNAchillesNov 2014


  1. Has anyone heard any expectations for timing for Giulia Steingruber? Or what the injury actually is?

    1. This was the actual injury "I have a bone bruise, the ligament inside is a little bit dragged and the capsule is slightly ripped." She's back training (posted a double double on facebook I believe) but I'm not sure what her next meet will be.

  2. Something I'm a little curious about, have you ever heard of either Gabby Douglas or Aly Raisman being out for several months because of injuries ?

    1. Nope. And I think as long as they're going to camps, there's nothing to worry about! :)

  3. I'm afraid for Team GB Catherine Lyons and Teal Grindle (1st yr seniors) are both still out, as well as Tyesha Mattis :(

    1. Teal had 2nd shoulder surgery March 2016. Rehab going well, she remains positive :)

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  4. Here's a question: Has Elsa Garcia retired since February?

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