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Freerunning Europe

An entertaining edit.

… England to Italy, stopping in Germany and Switzerland …

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

Thanks Vadim.

Air Barrel balancing

Coach Deb and her girls wanted to try this balancing challenge on a Tumbl Trak Air Barrel.

walking the barrel

That’s dangerous without spot.

So they took it to the pit.

Air Barrel pit

Fun. :-)

That’s Avant Coeur Gymnastics at IEGA.

stick competition

happy campers

roof flyaway double back

Crazy.

new book – Grip

Has anyone see this book?

Grip

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A 500lb gymnast?

Now that’s a story.

Quick Tip – Jumping

Swing Big:

… one of the drills I do with young gymnasts to develop their punching and coordination. …

There are lots of ways you can do these drills, this is with a small hula hoop, but I really prefer carpet squares or a chalk box on the floor. The more ways you can get gymnasts punching and jumping early, the better off they’ll be.

sideways-punches-in-hulahoop

click through to see the rest – Quick Tip: Developing Punching and Coordination

55m (180ft) Bag Jump

Greg Roe.

… Jumping into a BAGJUMP Freestyle airbag is the latest trend …

Greg Roe and Daniel Moesl are amongst few people who can actually perform these kind of freestyle tricks from heights up to 55m or 180ft into a freestyle airbag that works a bit like a foam pit but absorbs a lot more force.

… landing at an incredible speed of almost 150km/h (93mph), that’s just nuts!

… This shoot took place in Innsbruck/Austria at the Prangl crane company’s backyard …

See Greg Roe performing his jumps from various terrifying heights like a double full double / quadruple flip with spin (double front flip full twist double front flip) …

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

why dancers have low ACL injury rates

Kim Shore-Bechard linked to this important video. Must watch.

NYU Langone’s Harkness Center for Dance Injuries (HCDI) performed a study on the biomechanics of jump landing, comparing athletes and dancers to learn more about the incidence of anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries in both groups.

From this study, HCDI has been able to identify training methods that dancers implement early on that can be useful to athletes who experience a higher rate of ACL injuries than dancers.

To learn more about Harkness Center for Dance Injuries, visit http://hjd.med.nyu.edu/harkness

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

when to put it on Beam?

Big Swing:

Generally, my rule of thumb is when they can do it UP. And not just do the skill up onto something, but do the skill WELL up onto something. …

… until they can backhandspring onto a panel mat with straight arms and legs, and minimal shoulder angle, I don’t want it going on the beam. …

Click PLAY or watch Doc Ali’s drill on YouTube.

Injuries as of June 2014

We do not have any official tracking system. Only the NCAA keeps good records.

But Arabian Punch Front has an unofficial partial list of prominent WAG gymnasts from around the world.

It’s been updated to include:

Laurie Hernandez USA Jr – Torn patella tendon & dislocated kneecap + surgery (Jun)

Vanasia Bradley USA Jr – Torn ACL & meniscus, broken patella (Jun)

Gymnastics Injuries June 2014

:-(

Both those injuries sound similar to what happened to Christine Peng Peng Lee, keeping her out of the 2012 Olympics.

lacking confidence = increased risk of injury

47 athletes training for Cirque du Soleil were studied:

injury, emotional exhaustion, self-efficacy and fatigue were associated with an increase in injury risk (risk ratios between 1.8 and 2.8), but Conflicts/Pressure was not (risk ratio=0.8). Of the several specific psychological aspects that are considered risk factors for injury, low self-efficacy had the strongest relationship. …

British Journal of Sports Medicine – Psychological predictors of injuries in circus artists: an exploratory study

What’s “low self-efficacy“, the factor that correlated highest with injury?

GRETCHEN REYNOLDS in the New York Times explains:

Hoping to discern what traits separated the injury-prone from the impervious, Dr. Hallé and colleagues from McGill University in Montreal compared data from the athletes’ psychological questionnaires with their medical charts. What they found was that a person’s level of confidence could significantly affect his or her risk of sustaining an injury. …

What the Circus Can Teach Us About Sports Injuries

Lesson for coaches = coach for confidence. That means more successful progressions, more repetition and less spotting.

Dr. Hallé:

“Watch someone who is really good” at a task, whether it’s a twisting somersault from a trapeze platform or a 5K road race, and “notice each step that they take.”

… Every activity involves a series of discrete, manageable skills that you can practice individually, she said. “Succeeding at a portion of the task will show you that you have the capacity to succeed at the rest.” …

circus

(via Stacy Clark)

cartwheeling motorcycle crash landing

Clearwater, Florida. Watch Michael Smith use up one of his 9 cat lives.

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

He suffered no series injuries but is seeing a chiropractor for some lingering pain.