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What is Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome? We explain the common gymnast condition which Larry Nassar ‘used as an excuse’ to touch his victims

Some studies have suggested that there may be links between dysfunctional pelvic floor muscles and EDS, but the findings do not suggest that the performance of these muscles can be used to diagnose the condition. Dr Nassar’s alleged pelvic exam of gymnast Melody Posthuma Van der Veen, from Michigan, would not likely be relevant to diagnosing the disorder. However, she and other gymnasts, researchers have reported, should be carefully screened for the disorder, as their flexibility could be a prominent symptom.

The 12 more rare forms of EDS can be diagnosed through genetic testing, but there is not such test for hypermobility EDS.  Without diagnosis through genetic testing and careful screening, it is impossible to know which form – if any – these athletes might be suffering.