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

Janssen-Fritsen research

Check what’s happening in the Netherlands “lab” gym.

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Bars chain snaps on Becky Downie

GymFever linked to this routine.

Craig Tilly:

You can hear the chain snap when she does the Pak.

Actually, the Bars themselves were OK. Something in the anchor itself failed.

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Seems they moved the Bars to the Horizontal Bar tie down after the men’s competition.

She re-did the routine for 14.350.

Update from Susanne in the comments:

Becky didn’t re-do her routine. She was given the opportunity but decided against it as her score from the botched routine still put her in second place behind Ruby Harrold.

FIG specs for tie downs are not sufficient. Not safe.

When, oh when, will a safer mechanism be required for FIG meets?

landing ‘short’

For double somersaulting skills where gymnasts MIGHT under-rotate (e.g. Tsukahara, Yurchenko, double back, etc.) I’ll often count routines where gymnast “stand” (land on the feet) or “over-rotate”.

Over-rotating I call a “good mistake“. Under-rotating a BAD mistake. :-(

Tsuk short short landing

Those graphics come from Dave Tilley’s article on “anterior talocrural impingement”:

… Don’t let that term intimidate you, when broken down it’s not too bad.

“Anterior” means the front of the body, “talocrural” simply refers to the major ankle joint that allows the foot to move up and down, and “impingement” means that the joint or other tissue structures are being pushed on each other usually resulting in pain. So, pain in the front of the ankle that is felt when the bones or foot structures get pressed too hard on each other. …

Actually, you probably will be intimidated when you look at the full article. :-)


Road to Nationals vs Troester

I’ve not logged into the painfully antiquated Troester NCAA rankings all season. Road to Nationals (linked from the top of our home page) is far superior.

Road to Nationals

And sometimes more accurate.

falling from heights

Before we put a child up high, we need teach them every possible way to land and fall from that height.

Some of the most important “skills” we teach young children are: safe climbing, safe landing, safe falling.

jumping from H Bar
Visions Gymnastics, RSA

I find some coaches, in a rush, neglect getting new kids technically and psychologically ready prior to the first time they accidentally fall.

Combating Achilles Tears – Pre-Hab

David Tilley:

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.

calf stretch

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

Concluding Thoughts

… 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.