RA Sources


Ryan, Joan. Little Girls in Pretty Boxes: The Making and Breaking of Elite Gymnasts and Figure Skaters. Warner Books, 2000.

Discipline: Psychology, Physiology

            Focus: Training Regimens, mental/physical hardships

            Evaluation: Great book for interviews about mental and physical  toughness


Georgopoulos, N., et al. “Growth and Pubertal Development in Elite Female Rhythmic Gymnasts.” The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism, vol. 84, no. 12, 1999, pp. 4525–4530., doi:10.1210/jcem.84.12.6177.

Discipline: Biology, Human Growth and Development

Focus: Stunted Growth/ cause and effect

Evaluation: Helpful with the science behind how we develop and how physical activity impacts that.


Malina, Robert M. et al. “Role of Intensive Training in the Growth and Maturation of Artistic Gymnasts.” Sports Medicine (Auckland, N.z.) 43.9 (2013): 783–802. PMC. Web. 5 Mar. 2018.

Discipline: Genetics, Exercise Prescription/Personal Training, Health Sciences, Biology

Focus: How genetics plays a role in athletic development and and the specifics on training.

Evaluation: Useful facts on genetics.


McDavitt, Allison, “PSYCHOLOGICAL ASPECTS OF GYMNASTICS AS PERCEIVED BY ATHLETIC TRAINERS” (2016). Masters of Education in Human Movement Sport and Leisure Studies, Masters Projects. Paper 29.

Discipline: Athletic Training, Psychology, Biology

Focus: Tips for how Athletic Trainers can respond to over training/ taking care of advanced athletes

Evaluation: Athletic Training ethical responses/care


Willenberg, Barbara, and Melinda Hemmelgarn. “Nutrient Needs of Young Athletes.” The Elementary School Journal, vol. 91, no. 5, 1991, pp. 445–456. JSTOR, JSTOR, www.jstor.org/stable/1001885.

Discipline: Nutrition, Human Development

Focus: This article talks about the nutritional needs for young athletes which helps them develop or not develop depending on their nutritional needs.

Evaluation: How diet effects the performance and growth of an athlete


Williams, J. G. P. “Musculoskeletal Injuries In Child Athletes.” BMJ: British Medical Journal, vol. 309, no. 6950, 1994, pp. 341–341. JSTOR, JSTOR, www.jstor.org/stable/29724349.

Discipline: Biology, Anatomy & Physiology, Kinesiology

Focus: Common injuries that occur in child athletes and gymnasts

Evaluation: Shows how aggressive athletics can be for kids and that it can effect their future in a sport or every day life.

Rotella, Robert J., et al. “Burnout in Youth Sports.” The Elementary School Journal, vol. 91, no. 5, 1991, pp. 421–428. JSTOR, JSTOR, www.jstor.org/stable/1001882.

Discipline: Psychology

Focus: This journal explains what burnout is and how common it is in young athletes. This is more of a mental health journal.

Evaluation: This can contribute to the mental health aspect of a young athlete and how they will carry this into their teenage/adult athletic career.




One Reply to “RA Sources”

  1. Nice work reaching across the dimensions of disciplines as you conduct your research on the current climate of training of young, elite athletes and the role athletic trainers should play. Will you be able to talk face to face with some of the elite athletes and their trainers?

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