NCAA Gymnastics after aneurysm

Keara Glover – Arkansas

… open-heart surgery.

“It was a painful procedure,” Glover recalls. “They had to literally crack open my ribs to get to my heart. They went in and removed as much of the aneurysm as they could. They couldn’t remove all of it, so I still have it and do yearly checkups to monitor it.”

The surgery was successful and she spent the entire summer of 2013 recovering from the procedure. It was a difficult time for Glover, as she had to stay indoors and not partake in any gymnastics activity during the recovery process. …

She resumed competing on the bars in the final five meets of the 2014 season. The highlight of her return came on March 1, as she posted a career-best score of 9.85 on the bars at Georgia.

She has continued to further recover from her open-heart surgery, as she has had no setbacks since returning to action in 2014. …

Keara Glover

Arkansas gymnast Keara Glover overcomes heart surgery

(via FIG)

Elena Mukhina documentary

MissLyra has improved her English subtitled version. And uploaded the new version to YouTube.

Elena Mukhina … features Natalia Shaposhnikova and Maria Filatova while training and also contains a talk between Mukhina and her coach Mikhail Klimenko. …

Soviet coaches were feeling pressure after being beaten by Nadia. They wanted to add new and revolutionary elements to their routines.

Mukhina and Klimenko are shown in the edit to have problems. But the story ends before Elena was paralyzed in a training accident (Thomas salto) 2 weeks before the opening of the 1980 Summer Olympics. (Klimenko was not present at the time of the accident.)

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

11 January 2015

Dr. Bill Sands:


Bill SandsI would like to enlist your help in creating and supporting a national injury database for gymnastics. The database is an attempt to gather nationwide injury data by a “crowdsourcing” approach.

“Crowdsourcing is the process of obtaining needed services, ideas, or content by soliciting contributions from a large group of people, and especially from an online community, rather than from traditional employees or suppliers.”

Many of us have called for a national injury database for gymnastics injuries. Sadly, these calls have failed because of lack of resources, imagination, funding, and will. I hope this attempt will be successful. I know that the success or failure of the database will depend on your willingness to participate and your vigilance in continually submitting injury information.

You should know that personal identifying information will not be acquired. Your participation is completely anonymous. Participants simply fill in a form. I will process the data and add it to a database. The database will be maintained offline to ensure that the dataset cannot be hacked. The results of analyses of the continually accumulating data will be published periodically on the website.

I hope you will help.

Here’s the website:


Wm A Sands, PhD, FACSM, CSCS
2300 South 2100 East
Salt Lake City, UT 84109

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The Advanced Study of Gymnastics

Sports Medicine at Colorado Springs

Dr. Bill Moreau, Managing Director of Sports Medicine at the Colorado Springs Training Center, shows us around the USA’s Training Camp. He tells us about the sports medicine side of the complex, including recovery and prevention of injury.

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

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.


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. …


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)