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evaluating dorsiflexion

Dr. Dave Tilley posted a quick and easy method to evaluate dorsiflexion, a range of motion gymnasts need. He uses Bri Guy’s take off position as an example.

Bri-Guy-Steep-Angle

Click PLAY or watch the test on YouTube.

In my personal experience I’ve found that gymnasts with greater dorsiflexion range are less injured, especially on landings. It’s not all that trainable, however.

details – How To Quickly Screen A Gymnast’s Ankle Mobility

male gymnasts better than female at landing

Male gymnasts are, as a group, far more skilled at landing.

That’s partly strength. Partly technique.

Uchimura STICK

Compare Uchimura’s soft-as-a-cat landing to this surprisingly typical WAG landing.

Aliya landing

What Aliya did on that Beam dismount was to “punch’ on landing, instead of bringing impact forces to zero. She had no controlled landing. WAG judges are far too lenient on landing deductions (aside from the stupid ‘chest low’ rule). WAG gives very little reward to excellent landings.

Dr. George advises the gymnast see the landing as soon as possible. Reduce forces to zero by absorbing over time and distance.

open on landing
Leg Impact and Landing

USA WAG has added a 0.1 “stick” bonus for 2014. Let’s see if that helps. Gummi points out that the stick bonus may also result in more injuries in competition, especially on twisting landings like Amanar.

related – Coaching Youth Gymnastics by USA Gymnastics: SAFE landings

(via wogymnastika)

___ Update:

Here is Aliya landing that dismount in the Olympics. Quite a bit better.

Aliya Beam dismount

(via wogymnastika)

World Cup skiing to try air bags

… with a radical air bag system being approved for use in World Cup and lower level races beginning in January, Alpine skiing could get a lot safer. …

The system — which entails putting an air bag in the neck area of athletes’ back protectors — was developed by Italian manufacturer Dainese in coordination with the FIS. It inflates when skiers lose control and are about to crash. …

AP

The trick is to find a system that protects on crashes, but does not limit mobility during the race.

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

(via Outside)

Jason Burnett ACL

Bad news. :-(

Jason Burnett headed to rehab after knee surgery

JasonHigh flying Canadian men’s trampoline champion Jason Burnett has been grounded after undergoing knee surgery on Thursday.

“I survived!! ACL reconstruction surgery complete!” said Jason on Twitter. “Now for the fun part… Rehab rehab rehab.”
Jason injured his knee while in training earlier this month and will miss the upcoming world championships in Daytona Beach, Florida.

In an earlier tweet prior to surgery Jason reported: “The damage is a complete ACL tear, second degree MCL tear, medial and lateral meniscus tear, and bone bruise with microfracture (right knee).

“This injury comes at a very frustrating time but I’ve been in this position before. I’ll be back!!

Gymnastics Canada

nerve cells can grow back

This could be a big leap forward.

BBC – Paralysed man walks again after cell transplant

A paralysed man has been able to walk again after a pioneering therapy that involved transplanting cells from his nasal cavity into his spinal cord. Darek Fidyka, who was paralyzed from the chest down in a knife attack in 2010, can now walk using a frame.

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

Dipa Karmakar | Gymnastics in India

India Express – Shrivani Nayak:

‘Dipa is great, but for India to succeed it must look beyond the specifics.”

Jim Holt has coached 7 nations at a fourteen World Championships over the last quarter century, developing gymnastics in far-flung corners. Currently, employed by the Sports Authority of India, the former University of Washington coach has been overseeing the Indian programme. Based out of New Delhi, and frequenting the NIS in Patiala for conducting coaches courses, the American from Seattle puts into perspective Dipa Karmakar’s performances this season, but urges that much more needs to be done if gymnastics has to become a mass-sport that consistently fetches medals for India.

I can state with certainty, given that I’m well connected internationally, and that Dipa Karmakar is currently one of the best-known female vaulters in the world. It is a testimony to her achievement and to coach Nandi’s ambition that she has accomplished a bronze medal at Commonwealth Games and finished 10th (by far highest placing of all gymnasts in India’s history — men or women) at the 2014 World Championships on this event. …

Indian gymnastics is not and should not be Dipa Karmakar and Ashish Kumar. There are a couple thousand kids (in at least 24 or 25 of the states) right now that are India’s future pipeline. …

Personally when I think of Dipa attempting the difficult Produnova, I do not think skills should be competed without achieving mastery of the same.

That said, I only have the highest personal regard, respect, admiration and affection for Dipa. I’ll repeat — I wish she could compete for the men and I’m totally serious about that. Heck, I’d put her on the men’s floor and vault team tomorrow if the rules would allow …

Nandi and Karmakar
Coach Nandi

read more – Vaulting ambition, soaring dreams

Click through to see how and why gymnasts from developing nations like India are the ones, so far, risking the dangerous handspring double front vault.

Click PLAY or watch her Commonwealths double front on YouTube. (15.1)

Click PLAY or watch her Asian Games qualifier on YouTube. (15.2)

Click PLAY or watch her Asian Games Final on YouTube.

So that’s a vault that either scores 0.0. Or 15+. :-(

Nonsensical, in my opinion. That kind of deep, dangerous landing must be deducted more.

Simplest solution is to ban the skill. Next best would be to devalue significantly.

concussion survey

A researcher is trying to determine how much Trampoline and Gymnastics coaches know about concussions.

I filled out the online survey in about 10 minutes. It’s better than some, though still includes some questions more appropriate for team sport than our own.

At the end are open ended forms where you can write in your personal feedback.

If you’d like to take part, click here.

Here’s the researcher:

Lee Verweel, BSc, MSc (c)
Concussion Research Centre
Bloorview Research Institute
Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital

via the private T&T Coaches Canada Facebook Group

Tamara Mrdjenovic injured

Tamara from Serbia (training in Germany) is here watching podium training. Coaches told me she suffered a partial ligament tear. No surgery should be needed. But she had to withdraw from Worlds. :-(

Gymnastics is a very dangerous sport.

injury

Inside Gymnastics on Facebook.

via TAA

Kyla Ross hip injury

Christopher Korotky interviewing Kyla:

“I’m kind of held together by tape right now,” Ross joked after podium training.

“The last few days at the ranch (the U.S. National Team Training Center), I think I kind of overstretched it doing a few leaps. …”

Inside Gymnastics – ROSS READY, DESPITE SETBACK

Post by FIG.

Kyla Ross is a soldier. Marta, and everyone else watching, believe she’ll be doing the AA come prelims.

See more FIG photos on Facebook.

treating back pain

Many of the Gymnast Care articles are beyond my understanding. But not this one.

You could recommend it to parents and young gymnasts.

Dr. Joshua Eldridge:

Like any injury, it’s critical for gymnasts to have a plan of action when they return from back pain. …

We have 4 steps in this progression:

1. Pain Reduction
2. Control
3. Form
4. Strength

back injury

Back Pain Progression for Gymnasts

Click through for details. And great graphics.

Dr Léglise suspended

With regard to sanctions surrounding the Rhythmic Gymnastics Intercontinental Judges Course in December 2012 in Bucharest (ROU) …

Dr Léglise is suspended from his position as Vice President of Acrobatic Gymnastics, and as member of the FIG Presidential Commission until August 31, 2016.

Disciplinary decision: FIG Vice President sanctioned

Léglise was many years responsible for FIG’s Medical and Anti-doping Commissions. I’ve always been disappointed the Medical group has not done a better job intervening to protect athletes.

injuries at Pan Ams?

Did anyone get stats from the medical team?

I heard it was awful. Not surprising with so many smaller nations trying to compete against the USA. They are generally far more prepared than the rest of the Americas.

Gymnastics Injury Seminar

Oct 18th, 2014 in the Boston area.

Dave Tilley on Facebook:

… registration for the 1st Annual Gymnastics Injury and Performance Seminar (G.I.P.S.) is officially open!

Check out the details, list of presenters, and find the registration forms …

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hybridperspective.com

Deadline for Registration is OCTOBER 15th.