The world of gymnastics is mourning this Wednesday night. Melanie Coleman, a 20-year-old American gymnast, died after a spinal cord injury. She was training on uneven bars Friday in New Haven.
Melanie Coleman, an American gymnast from Southern Connecticut State University died Sunday after a fall during training, said her faculty.
"Southern Connecticut State University is sad to learn of the passing of its 20-year-old student and gymnast Melanie Coleman", tweeted the establishment on Monday. According to CBS, the young athlete did not survive her serious spinal cord injury after falling while training on uneven bars Friday in New Haven.
Mélanie Coleman, who aspired to become a nurse, "Excelled both in class and at the gym"said university president Joe Bertolino at local TV channel WFSB. On Tuesday, more than $ 65,000 (well above the original target of $ 10,000) was raised through the GoFundMe crowdfunding platform to help Melanie Coleman's family.
This popular sport in the United States, which counts Simone Biles one of the most talented gymnasts of all time, does not spare her practitioners in joint injuries. But those caused to the spine are very rare.
According to the US National Institute of Health, male gymnasts are most often injured on the hands, wrists, knees, legs and shoulders. For female athletes, ankle and foot injuries are most common, followed by knee, leg, hip, groin and thigh injuries. As for neck and collarbone injuries, they affect less than one in every thousand gymnasts.
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