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Doctors nix backyard trampolines


Trampoline Pundit has been following the latest “news” regarding the DANGERS of tramp:

… The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) put out a new report warning of the dangers of jumping on trampolines. However, this time the warning was only about backyard trampolines and parks and claims that “Trampoline injury rates have steadily been decreasing since 2004.” …

One of US’s National Trampoline Coaches and emergency room doctor …, Dr. George Drew, consulted on the report …

“The authors were careful to separate competitive trampoline and structured training programs from the injuries seen in backyard trampoline use and jump/trampoline parks,” said Drew, who is a past competitive trampolinist. “As a consultant to the study, I was pleased they took the time to carefully examine the safety differences between backyard trampolines and a structured program. Every single safety recommendation made by authors is already in place at any reputable program in our sport.”

AAP Trampoline Statement

One recent newscast.

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Why do parents let their kids get fat?

From the UK.

The health risks for obese children may be even greater than previously estimated, new research suggests. So why do parents let their kids get fat?

Just over 33% of 11-year-olds are now overweight or obese and among four and five-year-olds it’s 22%, according to the most recent figures from the National Child Measurement Programme, which assesses the height and weight of primary children in England. The figures are similar in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. …


Certainly kids need to exercise more, eat less. But I fear this epidemic is far more complicated than that.

It’s not only too many “pizza days” at school.

If you travel to Peru, for example, you’ll have difficulty finding even one overweight child in any school. The epidemic of child obesity has yet to hit there.

… Will science find some “fix”?

related – Gymfinity – how much is that twix?

Gabby: don’t text & drive

Important public service announcement.

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It’s easy to make the pledge via ItCanWait.com

opposable thumb on Bars

You don’t see many female gymnasts keeping thumb around the rail on 360 degree swings.

Here’s one. A College gymnast.

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It’s more common on forward giants than backward.

Bars guru Tom Forster is now advocating that small girls should try to learn swinging skills with their thumbs around the Bar.

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Thumb tape highly recommended.

Interesting idea. But start with a “pencil rail” (perfectly round rather than oval) if you can possibly get one.

I’m not convinced we’ll see this catching on much soon. But the more female gymnasts use their thumbs on casts and turns in handstand, the better.

That all comes via Gymnast Crossing which has much more detailed discussion.

If you have comments, leave them there.

climbers crazier than gymnasts


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That’s a promo for the Reel Rock Tour 7 touring the world.

(via Adventure Blog)

Acrobatic Gymnastics injuries

Physical Therapy in Sport :

Original research
Acrobatic gymnastics injury: Occurrence, site and training risk factors

Melinda Purnell, Debra Shirley, Leslie Nicholson, Roger Adams

Discipline of Physiotherapy, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Sydney, Australia

New South Wales acrobatic gymnastics clubs.

Surveys were completed by 73 acrobatic gymnasts (69 female) aged 8–26 years.

Half (50.7%) of the participants had sustained an injury associated with acrobatic gymnastics in the past 12 months, with 28.8% of participants affected by chronic injury at the time of the study.

Age of onset for acute and chronic acrobatics-related injury averaged 13.9 (SD ± 3.03) and 14.7 (SD ± 3.85) years, respectively. Injury sites were predominately the knee, ankle and wrist. Risk factors for injury were having an age of ?13 years and training for ?8 h per week at age 11 years.

The results suggest that the 11–15 years age period is critical for the occurrence of injury in acrobatic gymnasts. This is possibly due to the adolescent growth spurt which may create an increased vulnerability to injury if training volume during this time is above a certain threshold. …

The full article is available here for $31.50

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cliff divers on twisting

After Blake Aldridge’s new dive at the the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series in Boston …, it’s worth explaining … the twist.

Done correctly it can be one of the most aesthetically pleasing moves in the sport. And the more a diver does, the more their dive will rate on the degree-of-difficulty chart. Here some of the world’s top cliff divers break it down for you…

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Interesting. Though they land feet first — like a trampolinist — they use diving arms position to twist (one arm behind the head).

Has any cliff diver yet used other arm positions?

Clarification — “piking” only slows the twist. They need to “untilt” to stop twisting.

Cliff Diving World Series

Red Bull Cliff Diving World SeriesBoston this weekend

… a massive crowd saw UK diver Gary Hunt toughing it out with rankings leader Orlando Duque for top spot, while Blake Aldridge stunned everyone with a brand new dive.

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The Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series, established in 2009 … an annual international series of cliff diving events …

Divers jump from a platform at a height ranging from 26–28 m. …

Five judges score each dive based on a scale of 0 to 10 in half-point increments. …

… highest and the lowest judges’ scores will be discarded …

post-Olympics food celebrations

After her competition I saw Trampolinist Karen Cockburn tweet:

Thank you to everyone for all the wonderful messages. I’ve been having a great time in London with my famil
y and I got to eat Pizza for the first time in over a year!

Gabby enjoyed an Egg McMuffin.

John Orozco got this reward from a friend at the Cake Boss TV show.

That pic was linked by Arabian Punch Front who collected more food stories – The Olympics Are Over. Now What?

Actually, I’ve seen elite male gymnast who eat well. And some that eat mostly crap. Performance and weight seemingly not much affected.

Female adult acrobatic athletes eat “treats” rarely. And in small quantities.

Jtree Gym Balm

Legacy Elite and Cincinnati girls endorse Jtree Gym Balm.

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… an organic skin balm helps to heal gymnastics rips while conditioning the skin to prevent future ripping. …


You can find cheaper emollients. Jtree is $16 for 50ml plus $5 shipping. Less if you buy enough for your team, of course.

In Saskatchewan we often used Udder Balm, in quantities available for cattle herds. :)

Leave a comment if you have a favourite moisturizer for gymnast’s hands and feet.

BELMONT school – cartwheel friendly

One sensible Australian principal.

BELMONT Primary School has declared itself a cartwheeling and handstanding school.

Banning either of these typically joyful childhood activities because of a concern about safety is just “overkill”, according to principal Mark Arkinstall.

If fact, Mr Arkinstall is adamant it is his school’s role to develop students’ physical capabilities as much as it is to work on their academic skills which is why climbing is also allowed.

Mr Arkinstall spoke out yesterday in response to news of a NSW primary school banning its students from doing handstands and cartwheels unless under the supervision of a trained gymnastics teacher.

“It seems to be a bit silly, you’d never get out of bed in the morning if you took that attitude,” Mr Arkinstall said. …

click for larger photo by REG RYAN

Schools encourage handstands, cartwheels

via @GymnasticsView

Aussie school bans playground cartwheels

THE fun is over for some Sydney schoolchildren who dare to do cartwheels and handstands in the playground.

Drummoyne Public School has banned handstands, cartwheels and somersaults during lunch and recess unless “under the supervision of a trained gymnastics teacher and with correct equipment.” …

The move has confounded parents such as Rebecca Chown, who has collected more than 250 signatures on a petition calling for the rule to be overturned. …

Fun over for schoolchildren at Drummoyne Public School as handstands, cartwheels and somersaults are banned

Principal Gail Charlier has yet to respond.

Here’s the real danger to Aussie kids:

… For children and adolescents, the 2007-08 National Health Survey results indicate that 24.9% of children aged 5 – 17 years are overweight or obese. …


(via @GymnasticsView)

Kohei has a schoolgirl stalker

… The 23-year-old, who won the all-around title in London earlier this month, said the teenager had chased after him on her bicycle.

“I was scared so I ran into the house and hid,” Uchimura told Japanese media. …

“I have to forget London and concentrate on what’s next,” he said, adding that he had taken to wearing sunglasses to disguise himself while riding his bicycle to training.

“I’m still pretty drained. I’d like the fans to just stick to (seeing me at) the venue.” …

Olympic golden boy files ‘stalker’ complaint

Cover Boy. The price of fame.