Valeri Liukin, Sean Townsend, Justin Spring, Jonathan Horton, Danell Lleyva, Yin Alvarez and others tried and like the Weller spring invented and patented by Scott Weller. The in-gym feedback has been positive.
Dr. Bills Sands did one series of tests comparing the Weller spring vs the AAI springs, used in most gyms in the States.
Dr. Sands concluded that there was not enough difference between the two to recommend the Weller.
It will be some time before the research is published. But Bill Sands is the best there is in gymnastics research. I’ve no doubt his findings will be irrefutable.
… Yet that doesn’t mean that the Weller spring is not a big improvement over what we have now. Merely that the first scientific study couldn’t determine why. I’d trust the gut intuition of an elite coach over any number of research papers when it comes to equipment innovation.
If you want to buy and try Weller springs, email firstname.lastname@example.org
If you’ve tried them and have an opinion, leave a comment. Thanks.
Personally, I thought Rebecca’s bad landing off Beam was extremely dangerous, too. She really did looked primed for injury at VISA Championships.
George Novak, former FIG judge, doesn’t comment often. But when he does, we should listen:
… If a clean 1.5 TY would beat a sloppy DTY, or a clean DTY would beat a sloppy Amanar we would not have kids pushing for the extra tenths that they so desperately need to to be on top. …
That’s it in a nutshell. Thanks George.
But instead of communicating that obvious instruction to every judge, FIG is instead “simplifying” the judging regulations for the 2016 cycle after Bruno Grandi referred to the 2012 Code as a ‘time bomb‘.
… Around 200 pages of text were produced about the women’s Code alone. The Code itself is a document of some 192 pages of densely packed text, tables and symbols, and to make things worse it is supplemented by a misleadingly named ‘Helpdesk’ of some 58 pages, which is supposed to be a condensed, easy-to-use guide, but which in fact adds new ideas to the original core Code as well as possible new variations in interpretation. All in the name of ‘simplification’. …
I’m not optimistic that the major problem with our current rules — too much credit for difficulty — will be solved.
There is one bit of good news:
… Instant Replay and Control System “IRCOS by FIG”, jointly developed by the FIG and its partner Longines, recently underwent substantial modification. …
… users will be glad to hear is that from now on, scores given by reference judges will be visible on the screen. …
So says Carol DeMatteo, an investigator with CanChild Centre for Childhood Disability Research at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario:
… “We’re seeing more and more girls with concussions,” she tells CTV News.
“Our clinics now are 50/50. And most of those girls have repeated injuries,” she adds.
Brantford, Ont. high school cheerleader Shannon Russell is one of those who’ve been injured. During practice one day in October, 2009, she got kicked in the back of the head and knocked unconscious. The hit left her with a concussion.
“I had short-term memory loss for a few weeks and major headaches,” she says. …
The article doesn’t mention Artistic gymnastics, yet includes this photo:
Mary Atkinson of Arizona State hits the vault during her exercise in the individual event finals during the NCAA gymnastics championships in Gainesville, Fla., Saturday, April 24, 2010. (AP / Phil Sandlin)
Aside from that vault, I’m happy to say that Artistic gymnasts are at lower risk of concussion than most other sports, … aside from swimming.
JBS on Chalk Bucket forum started an important thread:
Top Injury Prevention Practices in Gymnastics Training :
We vault onto soft surfaces (resi) 100% during training
We use the JF vault table in our club because it has a more forgiving top
We use the “sweet spot” (air floor) during all floor take offs
We use tumble track for 50% of our tumbling training
We use the an extra suede beam pad
All of our optionals are required to vault with Tiger Paws
“[Laughs] All day. Every day. I think about his ability and his team’s ability constantly and it’s one of the things that pushes me. And it’s one thing I can’t figure out, how he’s so great every time. And it seems like he’s mastered everything so well at 22 years old that it’s like he literally doesn’t make mistakes. …
On Paul Hamm’s comeback:
“He’s very serious. He came and trained with me for about a week a few months ago. Before he had some big problems [torn labrum in his shoulder], and he was working really well in the gym. He’s already coming back really quick. He’s just one of those guys who knows how to train in any circumstances. Talking to him, I know he’s very, very serious about it. I’m a big fan of Paul Hamm and looking forward to having him back.”
On how having a five-man Olympic team changes the way he trains:
“Honestly, it makes a very very big difference. Not only for us, but for those selecting the Olympic team. When you have less people on the team and have to compete the same amount of events, it increases the workload on everybody, and if you want to be competitive, you have to go out there and do everything. …
Jon feels that the rules change in 2012 to 5 gymnasts on the team, 4 compete each apparatus, 3 count puts an even greater demand on those who want to be Olympians.
Coach Deb Lawson showed me these, a new kind of reusable ice pack.
Highly recommended. No mess. No fuss. And very inexpensive. (Though I still like putting ice directly on the skin to maximize the cold as quickly as possible in serious cases.)
… Each pack measures 3.1 ” x 3.7 ” and contains a special, super absorbent material that soaks up water. You receive 864 packs on multiple sheets to customize for your use, for just $85.00. These packs are completely non-toxic.
Most ice packs on the market today contain Urea, a waste byproduct. These ice packs DO NOT contain waste byproducts! In addition, these ice packs do not release the water once they thaw out. No more water in the bottom of the cooler or leakage into food or on clothing. …
When done, just throw them back in the freezer until you’re ready to use them again. …
Former UCLA gymnast and team manager Alyssa Kitasoe talks about her eating disorder that started the year after she left the Team.
… Since she was no longer working out 25 hours a week, the pounds crept onto what had been her fit 5-foot-1, 115-pound frame — a frightening prospect for a girl who for nearly 10 years had endured weekly weigh-ins.
“You still have the mind-set that you need to be tiny,” said Kitasoe, now 24 and four years removed from the most dramatic of her struggles. “You compare yourself to the way you were.”
It was the start of a destructive cycle. …
At least one-third of female college athletes have some type of eating disorder, according to studies published in 1999 and 2002 by experts Craig Johnson and Katherine Beals, who together examined nearly 1,000 female student-athletes participating in various sports. …
Have you ever fallen down stairs and been injured? I have. Twice.
John Templer has written the first theoretical, historical, and scientific analysis of one of the most basic and universal building elements: the stair.
… two volumes present a detailed study of stairs and ramps – the art and science of their design, their history, and their hazards.
…The second volume shows the dangers stairs present. Drawing on twenty years of human factors research on stairs, Templer sets out what is known about slips, trips, and falls and how best to design stairs to avoid their inherent dangers. He discusses the physiological and behavioral relationship between humans and stairs and walkways, the question of gait and slippery surfaces, and the various types of falls and the injuries that result. Perhaps most importantly, Templer proposes the idea of the soft stair, which could substantially reduce the annual epidemic of stair-related deaths and injuries.
John Templer is Regents’ Professor of Architecture at the Georgia Institute of Technology. …
What is the Athlete Warrior? The Athlete Warrior is someone fully committed to sport and life. Someone willing to face every day and every workout with eyes open, heart open, and ready to push their body to the maximum. It is an athlete ready to do your sport with no regrets.
An Athlete Warrior practices fearlessness. Fearlessness in facing adversity, pushing themselves, and being a team leader. The Athlete Warrior does not back away from difficult situations. …
Alison discusses the concept under these headings: