How do you know if your gymnast has a shoulder flexibility problem? Mine is almost 7 and I'm not in the mind to push anything, but I have been reading about some of the back problems that can develop later if shoulder flexibility is an issue (not sure of the credibility of that information, so maybe you can help me there too). So, my goal is to support what she wants to do and help her avoid injury to the extent possible. My daughter seems to have some good flexibility in some ways. I have posted a link below that shows a stretch behind the body while sitting that I can not describe accurately, hence the link (it's the very first stretch). My daughter can go back very far on this stretch, almost kind of freakishly far ( in my mom opinion) for her age. YouTube - Gymnastics Warm Ups : Shoulder Warm Up for Gymnastics Warm Ups But despite that, she is having a tough time with bridge kickovers and backbends. I'm not sure her bridge is quite right. She doesn't seem to have the straight arms but appears to be more curved. I've seen an instructor on a occasion sort of rock her in her bridge and it seems to me that the instructor is pushing her back into the straight arm position. She also doesn't seem to me like she's really reaching back with her arms with her back bend as far as she could. She is kind of falling and without spotting would land on her head because her arms don't land back straight without help. I haven't asked the coaches about this. It is always so busy and to be honest I'm a bit timid since I don't come from a gymnastics background. Also, I don't want to be a pushing and interfering Mom. But I do want to be a more educated Mom and I want to be the best support possible. And, if I can help her with some simple stretches that don't involve expertise on my part, I will certainly do that. My goal is not to become an instructor.