The unusually flexible joints that gave her a boost in gymnastics portended a malady that took years to diagnose

November 14, 2020

Washington Post (November 14)

The unusually flexible joints that gave her a boost in gymnastics portended a malady that took years to diagnose

Tarryn Simone Jacobson remembers walking out of a tryout for an elite New Jersey gymnastics team, climbing into her mother’s car and tearfully announcing she had broken her wrist. Her mother was skeptical: Wouldn’t the coaches have told her if something serious had happened to her 9-year-old? Hours later, X-rays confirmed the little girl’s claim. Jacobson’s growth plate was fractured in several places, the first of multiple sprains, dislocations, torn ligaments and other afflictions that would befall her as a young gymnast and later an adult.


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