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Jet Lag app

Jet lag is nobody’s idea of fun. A bunch of mathematicians say they can make the adjustment less painful with a smartphone app that calculates the swiftest way to adjust.

Users plug in the time zone they’re traveling to, and the app will do the calculations before spitting out a schedule specifying when the user should stay in bright light, low light or be in the dark, says Olivia Walch, a graduate student at the University of Michigan who designed the app. …

This Jet Lag App Does The Math So You’ll Feel Better Faster

I’ve downloaded it to my iPhone. The Android version is still under development.

Great idea. Should work. But those eggheads made it far too feature rich. It’s not intuitive to use.

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

Get it free via iTunes.

Nassar: ICE is NICE

Gabe Mirkin, MD, March 2014:

“Coaches have used my “RICE” guideline for decades, but now it appears that both Ice and complete Rest may delay healing, instead of helping.”

Josh Stone:

In 1978, Gabe Mirkin, MD coined the term RICE. Health care practitioners to laypersons are quick to recognize RICE as the ‘gold standard’ treatment option following injury. Followers of my blog know my stance against ice and now there is support from the physician who coined the term. Yes, the very same physician, Dr. Gabe Mirkin, who coined RICE, is now taking a step back. I reached out to Dr. Mirkin and asked for permission to share his story. As you will read below in Dr. Mirkin’s full post, the lack of evidence for cryotherapy is something we must listen to. …

RICE: The End of an Ice Age

Dr Larry Nassar responds:

Ice is nice but it needs to be done properly and as part of a therapy regimen. Just like so many other things, it can be overused. It is one of the most commonly applied therapies but it is also one of the most poorly understood therapies too.

I agree that inflammation is needed. However, the body can also “over do it” too. Too much of a good thing makes it bad. So controlled inflammation is the key. Too much bleeding is not good, too much inflammation is not good, too much ice is not good …

The week before African Championships, Michael Makings was hurting. To save time after workout one day, he decided simply to ice his entire body.

Michael Making


Personally, I’ll continue to use ice as Dr Nassar recommends.

In moderation, Michael. In moderation.

Thanks Thomas G Trapp.

Elisa Chirino injured


Elisa Chirino, on Tuesday (25.03. 2014) suffered a serious training accident. Elisa was injured during training on uneven bars and suffered a fracture of the cervical vertebrae.

She was operated on the same evening in the Friedrichshain Hospital and moved on Friday in the Emergency Hospital Berlin. Elisa Chirino is a member of the Berlin Bundesliga team


via GymFever

Norberts Spring Board Dock

Have you coached that kid who wants the Yurchenko collar taken off for non-Yurchenko vaults?

Claims the collar “deadens” the Board?

That kid is right. :-)

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

Norbert’s is a long time advertiser on this site. Full disclosure — they’ve not once ever asked me to link to their products.

Norberts is one of the good guys. :-)


class, dignity and sportsmanship by this incredible 10 year-old girl.

She might not have gotten to stand on the podium this time around, but this I know for sure: Zoe is a champion. …

Zoe, her teammates, coaches and me in a group hug after the meet.


To protect her privacy, I won’t say which child she is. But I will tell you, she is smiling!



Inspirational story from coach Charlie Amerosa

Swakopmund Gymnastics, Namibia

Via GYMNAST CROSSING … weighing in on the topic with this post — Character Counts

knee pain in gymnastics

I listened to an excellent audiocast by chiropractor Dr. Joshua Eldridge.

Overuse knee injuries and knee pain can be devastating for young gymnasts and can keep them from doing the sport they love. Overuse knee injuries are also a red flag for further injury.

Gymnast Care: The Ultimate Injury Prevention Podcast – episode 13

From there click over to iTunes if you want to subscribe to those. (FREE)

Alternatively, much of the same content is on the website:

Here’s how we categorize knee pain:

Overuse Injuries
Ligament Injuries

overuse knee injuries

… we see them most in the pre-pubescent and pubescent athletes. In females, these injuries are occurring most between the ages of 10-13 and in boys, these can last until they are done growing. …

Why Are Overuse Knee Injuries Occurring?

Dysfunction of muscles
Faulty mechanics


Part 1, Overuse Knee Injuries

Knee pain can slow progress to a halt. We must do everything we can to avoid / reduce knee injury.

150lb women

A number of friends shared this on Facebook.

They all weigh 68kg.

Muscle and bone are heavy.

Keep reinforcing the message that a good body is one that can get the job done.

World Autism Day

Wednesday, April 2, 2014 is World Autism Day. One of only four official health-specific United Nations Days, this annual day focuses on bringing the world’s attention to autism.

One in 88 children are affected by Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). And the number of children with autism continues to grow. Between 2007 and 2012 there was a 78 percent increase in reported diagnoses. …

Traditional therapy options include behaviour and communication therapies, educational therapies, family therapies and medications.

Another option is gymnastics. Yes, gymnastics!

forward roll

Gymnastics BC PLAY

(via Rec Gymnastics)

Bungee Slingshot – Human Catapult

… what could go wrong?

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

(via Dave Adlard)

bad fall on Bars …


I’ve been reluctant to link to this horrific video as it’s my general policy not to post CRASHES.

It’s here, if you want to see for yourself.

That’s Magroune Nesrine, I believe, a Junior from Algeria, in the African Championships 2014 Bars Final.

Though I wasn’t at the arena for the Junior Final, here’s what I’ve heard.

• she’d had problems with double layout dismount all week

• it looks like she ticked the low bar on the dismount giant

• she fractured 2 vertebrae and suffered a serious concussion

• she was last seen in a back brace, but mobile

• people there agreed that the spotting coach’s behaviour was shockingly insensitive

• not shown on the video was that the other Algerian coaches insisted she get up off the mat, not waiting for expert medical support close at hand

The Algerian girls were very good. The coaches there know gymnastics, it’s clear. But moving Magroune after that fall is unforgivable.

Fadwa Mohamed – Prudnova


If a marginal handspring double front vault results in catastrophic injury, how are Nellie Kim and FIG going to answer questions from the media?

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

7.0 D-score, 7.950 E-score = 14.950

full vault results (PDF)


Fadwa Mohamed #AfricanChamps Prudnova (prelims)

Fadwa Muhammad – Prudnova (Worlds 2013)

Egypt’s Fadwa Mohamed (2013 interview)

Fadwa Muhammad – Prodnova (African Championships 2012)

That vault should be banned for female gymnasts.

Lais Souza not insured …


The former gymnast paralyzed while training for the winter Olympics is not covered by her sports Federations.

Linked by Ivan Fernandes for WOGymnastika.

Google Translate from the original Portuguese story:

Lais Souza is quadriplegic, someone has to pay for it, and it’s not you.

… Our skier Lais Souza is quadriplegic. … The insurance paid for the operation and treatment. But it will not pay anything more. Because life insurance or disability contracted by the Brazilian Olympic Committee, and the Brazilian Sports Confederation … covers only accidents that happen during the competition, and not during training. …

What will help Lais is money, big money. Now the Brazilian Olympic Committee started a campaign asking financial assistance

… Any idea how much it costs to be a quadriplegic? I’ll kick down a $15 thousand per month, U.S. $180,000 per year. Lais is 25 years old. …

The Olympic Committee is transferring the responsibility … Brazil invests billions in Cup stadiums, and billions more for the Olympics in Rio in 2016, and leaves a young quadriplegic …

… if you can do something for Lais, do:

Agency: 0548-7
Current Account: 0110490-0
Lais Souza da Silva

Lais Souza


• her first interview (Portuguese)

• LIKE the Força Lais: In Support of Lais Souza Facebook page

Thanks Amanda.

accused Chinese molesters arrested, not charged

Dean Liu Zhiqiang, 48, and his deputy, Zeng Rong, 52, were arrested three months ago, but the case was not disclosed until Wednesday, when it was reported by the Shanghai-based Oriental Morning Post. The victims are less than 10 years old and were abused over two years. …

The pressure to excel is intense. Pupils live at the school and are only infrequently allowed to visit their parents. …

Liu Zhiqiang and Zeng Rong, who were expected to face trial earlier this year, have not yet been charged. Prosecutors have asked investigators to gather more evidence against them. …

Some media outlets wondered aloud whether Hunan officials have sought to keep the scandal quiet to protect the provincial gymnastic programme’s reputation. …

South China Morning Post – Chinese media outraged about sexual abuse at top gymnast academy

via FIG