Gymnastics Injuries 2013

Arabian Punch Front posted a partial list of injured Artistic gymnasts.

A bit of good news, however from FIG:

– At the close of the three world championships held in 2013, the Medical Commission informed that in terms of accidents, this year showed the lowest number of accidents over the past twenty years

– From 2011 – 2013, the Medical Commission conducted 950 antidoping tests. Three positive, venial cases were recorded in all (furosemide, cannabis, stimulant) …

Flame Retardants and Gymnastics

Amanda Turner linked to that single study on a small sample of Collegiate gymnasts. The researchers have put up their own web page dedicated to the topic:

We are a group of researchers from Dartmouth College, Boston University and Duke University who study how people are exposed to flame retardant chemicals.

More broadly, we study how chemicals in the environment can affect the health of people. We chose to do a study of gymnasts because one of us is a former competitive gymnast and because we were concerned competitive gymnasts may have elevated exposures to flame retardants due to their use of foam containing equipment.

The study included 11 collegiate gymnasts that was published in the scientific journal Environmental Science & Technology: Carignan CC, Heiger-Bernays W, McClean MD, Roberts SC, Stapleton HM, Sjödin A, Webster TF. Flame retardant exposure among collegiate U.S. gymnasts. 2013. Environ. Sci. Technol.


This website was developed to advise gymnasts and coaches to wash their hands after practice and before eating, to provide facts about flame retardants and gymnastics and to facilitate collaboration between flame retardant scientists, fire safety experts, equipment manufacturers and the gymnastics community. …

on overweight children …

Published 2004, Rescuing the Emotional Lives of Overweight Children: What Our Kids Go Through — and How We Can Help is a book by Sylvia Barkan Rimm.

Dr. Sylvia Barkan Rimm (born 1935) is an American psychologist specializing in parenting, child development and learning. She has written books on raising gifted children, success for girls, and communication skills.

… In a recent study of 15 countries, including the United States, the U.S. had the dubious honor of being ranked first in the prevalence of overweight and obese adolescents. …

Overweight children were five times as likely to describe their self-confidence as poor compared to average-weight children. They were much more likely to describe themselves as lonely, sad, fearful, and different.

Overweight girls were less likely to describe themselves as popular or beautiful. Overweight boys were less likely to describe themselves as athletic. Overweight children were much more worried about almost everything, and very over-weight children were three times as worried about their futures than average-weight children. …

The Six-Step Healthy Rescue Plan

Be a coach, instead of a judge.
Go for the goal.
Recruit additional support.
Design a nutritional plan.
Organize an exercise effort.
Celebrate strengths.

Rescuing The Emotional Lives of Overweight Children

I’m dubious.

Things will continue to get worse before they get better. :-(

overweight boy

Some overweight children can handle the extra social pressures.

It may even be more normal to be heavy at a young age than it was in the past.

But best practice would be to get your children early into good exercise and eating habits.

(via Rec Gymnastics)

Tramp – feet on the roof

Canadian National Team member Greg Roe does 20 foot high back flip and plants his feet on the 20′ ceiling!

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

why parents take kids to gym

(via Rec Gymnastics)

homemade “tramp catcher”

Coach Owen posted video of new double backs on trampoline, essential for Artistic gymnasts.

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

What I really like, however, is the homemade “tramp catcher”.

The elevated landing mat is cushioned with air. And there’s no risk of the gymnasts flying long. :-)

I’m going to steal that idea from Owen.

foam roller massage

… Certified Strength and Conditioning Coach, Jeff Richter, CSCS, USAW, provides instructions on using a foam roller for improved muscle functioning and performance

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

(via Gymnast Crossing)

That post has another video and links to more information.