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male gymnasts better than female at landing

Male gymnasts are, as a group, far more skilled at landing.

That’s partly strength. Partly technique.

Uchimura STICK

Compare Uchimura’s soft-as-a-cat landing to this surprisingly typical WAG landing.

Aliya 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.

open on landing
Leg Impact and Landing

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

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___ Update:

Here is Aliya landing that dismount in the Olympics. Quite a bit better.

Aliya Beam dismount

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2017-2020 MAG Code of Points

At Worlds FIG MTC Chair Steve BUTCHER facilitated a committee round table to brainstorm ideas to improve the Men’s Code.

I include here a few samples of the discussion.

Question:

Are there a set of “first” or fundamental principles that underlay the Codes and by which the TCs frame discussions regarding specific issues or decisions, and if so, what are they?

Safety, Fair Play, Universality

Question:

Can we move from 5 to 4 element groups per exercise?

Idea for P Bars:

Combine the Long Swing and Underswing element groups (the Long Swing group is very difficult for taller gymnasts)

Idea for H Bar:

Add a requirement for flight elements with salto over the bar

Download a copy of the Powerpoint Presentation to see the rest.

I’m happy to see the committee so open minded. Let’s wait and see what changes end up being made. The rules for Horizontal Bar and Floor Exercise are dreadful now. Almost any change would be for the better.

KIM-Nellie-BUTCHER-Steve

… The WTC and MTC both met in sunny and warm Cancun (MEX) for their final meetings of the year from 5-10 November. Each committee met individually, as well as jointly …

Let’s hope they jointly came up with ways to IMPROVE the Codes.

related – FIG FLACK – WOMEN’S ARTISTIC GYMNASTICS NEWSLETTER #36, November 2014

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World Cup skiing to try air bags

… with a radical air bag system being approved for use in World Cup and lower level races beginning in January, Alpine skiing could get a lot safer. …

The system — which entails putting an air bag in the neck area of athletes’ back protectors — was developed by Italian manufacturer Dainese in coordination with the FIS. It inflates when skiers lose control and are about to crash. …

AP

The trick is to find a system that protects on crashes, but does not limit mobility during the race.

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that’s not a rip …

THIS is a RIP.

it’s on us to stop sexual assault

A number of professional athletes have donated their time to support the message that sexual assault is never okay. Join them in taking the pledge to stop sexual assault at ItsOnUs.org.

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Julius Thomas
Aly Raisman
Caroline Wozniacki
Jason Hammel
Khris Davis
Rudy Gay

ItsOnUs.org

what fearful gymnasts want you to know

JAG GYM:

I know that I am difficult to coach.

I worry that you don’t like me.

Being fearful is different than being stubborn.

I can’t just “stop it.”

Yelling or threatening me doesn’t solve my fear issues.

My fear is a very real thing.

I would give anything not to be scared.

It hurts when you ignore me.

Please be there for me.

Help me work through my fear. Be patient with me. Break the skill down into smaller parts. Find alternative skills for me to do that might be less scary to me. If I am still struggling, get my parents involved. Maybe I do need to see a sports psychologist. Maybe my problem is larger than gymnastics. Pay attention and be an advocate for me, not an adversary. You are my coach, and I need you.

“I KNOW I AM DIFFICULT TO COACH” AND NINE OTHER THINGS THAT FEARFUL GYMNASTS WANT TO THEIR COACHES TO KNOW

psychology of Beam

Click through for more detail. And a link to a coach’s perspective on this topic.

teen paralyzed in a pit landing

Corey Sands at North Harbour Gymnastics, New Zealand.

Another example of how pits are not foolproof. :-(

Corey’s twin, Callum, told the Weekend Herald that his brother had attempted a back-flip off a high bar and into a foam pit below.

It wasn’t clear exactly how the injury happened.

Corey’s friend Oscar Arnold reacted quickly – something Callum believes saved his brother’s life.

Oscar said last night he and friend Ben Padden waited about 10 seconds, believing their friend would emerge.

“Ben heard him say, ‘get me out of here’. Then we jumped in and tried to clear the foam,” said Oscar.

“Ben created an air pocket for him to breathe, and I just talked to him and tried to calm him down. He was so scared.” …

Teen feared paralysed after horror gym fall

Cory

fundraiser – Corey Sands

There are more details on a dedicated Facebook page.

slacklining Victoria Falls

After two years of preparation, 26-year old economic science student Lukas Irmler from Germany and 34-year old journalist and author Reinhard Kleindl from Austria, achieved their sought-after goal: balancing on a one-inch wide webbing in a height of 100 metres, right in front of the unique setting of the UNESCO World Heritage Site. …

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“Coca-Cola” flip

Have you heard the term?

Even when I was a trampolinist in the late 1970s we called any multiple somersault with a kick open (crazy, by the way) in the middle a Coca-Cola. I have no idea how that slang got started.

Here’s a good example.

gymnasts staying healthy

Gymnastics is a dangerous sport. We have to do everything we can to prevent traumatic and overuse injury.

Al Fong points out that we ALSO need do everything we can to avoid illness.

Do:
– Eat nutritiously and stay away from junk food, including sodas.
– Get plenty of sleep and rest.
– Practice proper hygiene –wash your hands often, brush your teeth, use deodorant and mouth wash.
– Regularly clean your wrist bands to prevent rips on your wrists.
– Keep your finger nails and toe nails trimmed.

Don’t:
– Drink from the same bottle or share the same spoon or fork with others.
– Spray your mouth from the spray bottle at the chalk tray.
– Lick your fingers or hands as you chalk up during bars.
– Spit on your hands.
– Tear your rips. Instead, neatly clip them with finger nail clippers.
– Workout without properly warming up and stretching.

Do’s and Don’ts

healthysnacks for gymnast

related – Coach Cassie – Healthy & Easy Snacking for Gymnasts: Pre, During & Post Workout Printable

THERE’S NO NEED TO YELL WHEN YOU’RE THE ONE WITH THE GUN

Jag Gym:

angry-cop-mall-300x198Think about it: The man is a police officer. He has the power of the law behind him, not to mention a fully loaded gun at his hip. Did he really need to shout to be heard when I was sitting in my car, pulled over, ready to cooperate?

Yet, how often are we guilty of being harsh with our students, athletes, subordinates or children?

I know I am guilty of it.

Too often I will continue to hammer long after the point has been made, despite the fact that the person in front of me is clearly remorseful. Too frequently I will forget that my words and actions can shake someone to the core …

THERE’S NO NEED TO YELL WHEN YOU’RE THE ONE WITH THE GUN

Coaches need to stay calm. Be dispassionate. Learn to overcome anger.

World’s Toughest Sport – Gymnastics

Michael S. Yessis:

… we ranked 40 sports …

The categories are:

FITNESS (f).
SKILLS (s).
BRAINS (b).
PAIN (p).
CONTACT (c).
VENUE (v).
INTANGIBLES (i).

1. GYMNASTICS (567.6 OUT OF 1,095.4)
2. IRONMAN TRIATHLON (566.6)
3. ROCK CLIMBING (558.8)
4. ICE HOCKEY (524.9)
5. BULL RIDING (523.4) …

USAG

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special needs gymnastics

Tumbl Trak has spent a lot of energy researching best equipment for special needs kids. Soft, safe, rounded edges.

This is one heartwarming edit. :-)

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