At my younger son's first, in house, practice meet in late Dec, he had a crazy fall on floor where he found himself coming straight down onto his head when he straightened out of a back tuck very prematurely on his last pass. We figured out much later that he put out his arms to break the fall, and landed full weight on his straightened left arm. The theory is that this caused his arm bone to jam into his shoulder socket causing a bone bruise in the shoulder (please do not ask me the name of the actual bone.) We did not figure all this out until he had an MRI 3 or 4 weeks after the meet and found out that his "sore shoulder" was a real injury - and then we went back and looked at the video of his fall in slow motion and doctor confirmed that was the likely injury point. It was not at all clear at first as he only started mentioning shoulder pain about a week after the meet, and when he fell we were worried about his head and neck. Anyway, after MRI and evaluation, pediatric orthopedist prescribed total rest from gymnastics or anything that would put strain or pressure on the shoulders for at least 6 weeks and then slowly going back to gym when pain is gone, plus physical therapy (weekly appointments + 2X a day home exercises.) He has been doing that for a little over 2 months now and still has pain. I finally looked this injury (bone bruise) up online and am seeing that the recovery time can be 6 months or more?!!! We are seeing ortho again in a week or so, so I am not looking for medical advice but rather ideas to discuss with doctor. I would love to see my son get back into the gym at least somewhat, he is missing gym big time. But what can he do there with a hurt shoulder? With older son the worst injury so far involved his knees, so once that was past the acute stage he could go to the gym and work many events while still resting and protecting his knees. Would such a thing even be possible with a shoulder injury for a male gymnast? He is a Level 7, or would have been if he had not missed this whole season. My best guess is he will do JD next season. Any thoughts? Thanks!