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March 7th, 2014 — Gymnastics, physical preparation, safety, sport medicine
Last week in Part I of this post I outlined my thoughts on what some contributing factors may be to a gymnast suffering an Achilles tear. …
… I personally feel that daily integration of pre-hab into training is an essential part of training in order to make sure that gymnasts stay healthy, perform at their best, and have a lengthy career. …
1) Be Smart About Training, and Know Signs of Injury Starting
By far the biggest preventative method coaches and gymnasts can use is to remember that there are many times during gymnastics where it may be more beneficial to train smarter, not always harder. …
2) Working on the Soft Tissue of the Calf Muscles, and Ankle Joint
… work on the soft tissue/ joint mobility for the ankle and calf muscles.
The first easiest way is to use a dense foam roller or PVC pipe wrapped in tape (a bit less forgiving) to roll out some of the tightness in the calf. …
3) Use Proper Stretching of The Gastrocnemius and Soleus
The easiest way I have found for gymnasts to correctly work on their calf stretching (other than the typical calf stretch in a warm up) is to use the end of a beam base.
The same type of stretch can be done with a bent knee to target the solues muscle.
4) Pro-Actively Addressing Flat Feet/Excessive Pronation, and Single Leg Stability
5) Work on Hip Flexor and Quadricep Soft Tissue Mobility
Another area that tends to become chronically tight and restricted on gymnasts are the hip flexors and quadricep muscles …
6.) Use Proper Jumping, Landing, and Impact Mechanics
… I’m sure as many people read this more ideas will come up about things I did not touch on. Areas like equipment, the code, other structural biomechanics, and proper training certainly can be expanded on. The concept of some gymnasts not having enough muscular strength and development to handle the forces of gymnastics is an entirely different topic …
read much, much more – Hybrid Perspective – Combating Achilles Tears In Gymnastics (Pt II): Pre-Hab Techniques and How To Help Possibly Reduce Injury
David Tilley PT, DPT is a Physical Therapist at Bay State Physical Therapy in Salem MA and a women’s optional gymnastics coach for North Shore Wildcat’s in Beverly MA.
March 7th, 2014 — Gymnastics, physical preparation, psychology, safety
2013 research study in ANNALS OF RESEARCH IN SPORT AND PHYSICAL ACTIVITY by Lisa E. A. M. Louer1, Marije T. Elferink-Gemser, Chris Visscher:
… small and having a low body mass, an athletic posture, a good postural control and balance and a high explosive muscular performance. Psychological characteristics that seem to be important are a high intrinsic and achievement motivation, a good concentration and confidence, the drive to strive for perfection and excellence and the use of psychological strategies (to enhance performance or to cope with adversity, worries, fear and injury). …
read the entire study – THE PERFECT ELITE GYMNAST, DOES HE EXIST? A SYSTEMATIC REVIEW
The review was based on “an extended literature search” looking at Senior Artistic gymnasts.
At one point in the article they looked at optimal size and weight:
• female gymnasts about 153cm (5ft) and 44kg (97lb)
• male gymnasts 169cm (5.54ft), with a mean body mass of 67kg (147lbs) | average age 21.3yrs
March 4th, 2014 — pits, Power Tumbling, safety
Somehow Blake hit his head on a concrete pit edge.
A Texas teenager who suffered serious head injuries at a gymnastics class is starting to make progress a week after doctors said he had only a 50/50 chance of survival. …
The athletic teenager received his injuries while practicing a new move at his power tumbling class.
‘There was a pad on the side, but his side hit it. Then his head came down and there was no pad on the concrete and his head hit concrete,’ Mr Hyland said. …
Prayers for Blake Hyland Facebook page
February 22nd, 2014 — ethics, safety, Trampoline
A lawsuit was filed … by the parents of a Houston teenager who suffered seizures and a traumatic brain injury after falling through a torn trampoline canvas at a local trampoline park last June.
Mike and Traci Menchaca sued National Trampoline Entertainment Centers and National Trampoline Entertainment Dallas, II, D/B/A “Cosmic Jump” in Harris County District Court, seeking damages to include the teen’s past and future medical expenses, as well as his loss of future earning capacity. …
Max Menchaca’s injuries occurred when he fell into an unprotected area underneath the trampoline platform …
Several states, including Arizona, Michigan, Utah, and California have proposed new regulations to promote greater safety and accountability by trampoline parks. Similar measures have not yet been proposed in Texas. …
Parents of Brain-Injured Teen File Lawsuit Against Houston Trampoline Park
Like most coaches, I’m astonished these places in the USA have not been sued out of business.
Kids should learn trampoline with a qualified coach.
related – cosmicjump.com
February 21st, 2014 — Gymnastics, pits, safety
The South African Gymnastics Federation’s National Training Centre at Matsport Centre in Eldoraigne Centurion, has undergone a makeover
The pit, which is 26 meters long and 2m deep, has been under construction during the month of December. The unique pit has a trampoline base 0.7 meters above the pit floor, with the remaining 1.3 meters to be filled with foam. This trampoline at the base of the pit allows for less dust and more elasticity for when the gymnast lands on the foam. …
South African Gymnastics Federation
FIG Age Group Training Camp and competition this weekend.
Comment from Dr. Bill Sands:
Just a short comment on trampoline pits. I have seen, more than once, that the weight of the foam on the trampoline bed presses the bed down such that the foam rests on the bottom floor of the pit. I have built a camera, light, and telescoping pole to look under the trampoline so that one can see if the trampoline remains off the floor. I know of one very serious injury where the victim hit the concrete of a trampoline-type pit. Moreover, when I stood in the foam of this pit, I could jump and my feet struck the floor.
I would just like to caution people to take considerable care in using this type of pit design. Although pit foam seems incredibly light, by accumulation the foam can weigh enough to push the trampoline bed down to the floor surface that the bed was designed to avoid.
February 13th, 2014 — bars, Gymnastics, horizontal bar, psychology, safety
If Chellsie Memmel had to overcome fear problems, everyone did. She’s a warrior.
… you are not alone in having fears. Everyone goes through it at some point or another.
The first major fear I had was learning my blind change on bars when i was eight or nine. I could do them really well on the pit bar with a spot, but fear was stopping me from going any further. …
My dad was finally sick of hearing about it so after a practice at Salto (my old gym) we were at M&M (my parent’s gym) and he said “let’s see one and see how scary it really is.” He built the blocks up so he could be there to spot and was expecting a not-so-great blind since he knew that I was scared. I got up and did …
read more – Tumlb Talk – Overcoming Fear
Gymnastike’s premium web series, Beyond the Routine, will be featuring Chellsie Memmel next.
February 11th, 2014 — Gymnastics, safety, sport medicine
Dave Tilley and Joe Myhren posted a detailed article on how professionals can assess risk of serious knee injury. The post opens with some alarming statistics:
Traumatic knee injuries such as ACL tears are 4-6 times higher in female athletes compared to males for jumping and landing sports, with some study models suggesting even a 10 times greater risk at baseline
This risk may be increased 10 fold for the young female athlete of high school age, meaning some models would place certain high school aged gymnasts to be 14 – 20x more likely to suffer an injury at baseline
The estimated cost of medical management following traumatic knee injuries is between $17,000 – $25,000 per injury.These numbers can further increase with more complex injuries that require extensive medical interventions and rehabilitation.
Some traumatic knee injuries have been associated with potential long term loss of sports participation, lowered academic performance, long term disability, major functional deficits, and a significant risk of future meniscal injuries/ knee osteoarthritis.
Best practice is to avoid serious knee injury. Teach great technique from a young age to lower risk later in life.
The article includes many graphics. A couple of examples:
If interested, click through.
Prevention of Traumatic and Progressive Knee Injuries In Gymnastics: Assessing Risk Using Jumping, Landing, and Squatting Technique
February 10th, 2014 — Gymnastics, judging, safety, vault
2014 Fiesta Bowl Invitational
February 8th, 2014
Note that one hand barely touches the horse. She should lower the preflight.
Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.
February 9th, 2014 — ethics, Gymnastics, NCAA, safety
To San Jose State University women’s gymnastics head coach Wayne Wright, recent issues of racial discrimination on San Jose State’s campus hit close to home.
One of only two African American women’s gymnastics head coaches in the NCAA, Wright’s teams over his 13-year tenure have featured gymnasts of all races and from all walks of life. So when University administration called for volunteers to form the Special Task Force on Racial Discrimination, Wright answered the call. …
Personally, what are you hoping to learn from participating with this committee?
I’ve been here for quite some time and I think San Jose is very diverse. I’ve never seen any type of “ism”, whether it’s racism or sexism
read more – Gymnastics Coach Wright Serves On Special Task Force on Racial Discrimination
February 9th, 2014 — ethics, parents, safety
“A day at work doesn’t look like this. What about a day at school?”
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February 4th, 2014 — Gymnastics, Olympics, safety, snow and ice, sport medicine
Reports are that Lais is improving, little-by-little.
Lais Souza, Brazilian gymnast turned freestyle skier, was injured after a training accident in Salt Lake City. She has suffered severe damage to her spine leaving her without movement in her arms or legs. The 25 year old previously helped her team qualify and compete in the 2004 and 2008 Summer Olympics. …
Souza was skiing with her Canadian coach Ryan Snow at Park City and it is known she was wearing a helmet at the time of injury. …
Click PLAY or watch a montage on YouTube.
Like most everyone, I assumed Lais was injured training Aerial Skiing for the Olympics. The video hints at that.
Actually she ran into a tree on a warm-up run.
One of the biggest names in Winter Olympic sport, Shaun White, was injured training in Sochi. But says he should still be able to compete.
SAFETY should be the #1 priority at the Winter Olympics.
related – Winter Olympics 2010: luge competitor Nodar Kumaritashvili killed in training accident
February 4th, 2014 — Circus, pits, safety
Greg Roe is one of the Bag Jump team.
Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.
Looks like fun. So long as you land flat.
February 3rd, 2014 — books & manuals, ethics, Gymnastics, safety
Yet another gymnastics fiction, this time by Nicole Angeleen.
The story is darker.
It was inspired by the terrible, terrible tragedy of 11yr-old Romanian gymnast Adriana Giurca. Her coach, Florin Gheorghe, killed the girl in a rage during Beam training. He was convicted of manslaughter, sent to prison.
(Romanian) gymnast Trixie Dalca’s world is destroyed the day her sister Ileana falls during training, slips into a coma, and dies.
To cope with the loss, Trixie turns to her best friend, American gymnast Shaye Sylvester. Together with Shaye and amateur documentary filmmaker Abby Vicari, the three unlikely investigators question whether Ileana’s death was merely a tragic accident or murder.
Fire and Ice
(via Arabian Punch Front)