Male gymnasts are, as a group, far more skilled at landing.
That’s partly strength. Partly technique.
Compare Uchimura’s soft-as-a-cat landing to this surprisingly typical WAG landing.
What Aliya did on that Beam dismount was to “punch’ on landing, instead of bringing impact forces to zero. She had no controlled landing. WAG judges are far too lenient on landing deductions (aside from the stupid ‘chest low’ rule). WAG gives very little reward to excellent landings.
Dr. George advises the gymnast see the landing as soon as possible. Reduce forces to zero by absorbing over time and distance.
USA WAG has added a 0.1 “stick” bonus for 2014. Let’s see if that helps. Gummi points out that the stick bonus may also result in more injuries in competition, especially on twisting landings like Amanar.
related – Coaching Youth Gymnastics by USA Gymnastics: SAFE landings
Championship Gymnastics: Biomechanical Techniques for Shaping Winners has been adopted by Gymnastics Australia …, as the compulsory textbook for their course accreditation programs throughout the country. This applies specifically to the Advanced, Advanced Silver, and High Performance Courses (Course Levels 3-5).
One comment I’d add. If you allow beginners to do standing backward handspring on a flat, hard Floor, you are almost guaranteed problems. Instead, have them train down an incline where gravity assists.
FIG posted the official write up of our week long MAG Academy Level 1:
For the second time, the International Gymnastics Federation (FIG) organised a joint Olympic Solidarity-FIG Academy in close collaboration with the International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) Olympic Solidarity Programme (OS). The Gymnastics Federation of Saudi Arabia hosted this event on June 4-11, 2014, in the capital city Riyadh.
Saudi Arabia became the 57th FIG member federation to host an Academy. …
Twenty-one coaches attended the Academy. Twenty were from Saudi Arabia and one from Yemen. …
The highest results were shared by Hashem Alhashem of Saudi Arabia and Ebrahim Alabdali of Yemen. The third best result was achieved by Maki Almobireek of Saudi Arabia. …