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new book – High Performance Gymnastics

Thomas Heinen from Germany is the principle editor. He’s on the FIG Sport Science Committee.

248 pages

German language

ISBN 978-3-942468-30-5

Google Translate:

The book “High Performance Gymnastics” is of a German-Brazilian cooperation …

It contains the very latest sports science work on device and Gymnastics and Rhythmic Gymnastics. The contributions revolve around sport psychology topics such as the role of the coach or the perception of assets in advance of the Olympic Games, but also movement analytical and biomechanical considerations. …

High Performance Gymnastics


20 EUR


Gymnastics and Injury Seminar

Dr. Dave Tilley:

… Saturday October 18th I will be putting the “1st Annual Gymnastics and Injury Performance Seminar” at our gym in Beverly, MA. …

Presenters (so far) include my good friends Dr. Joshua Eldridge of Gymnast Care (Sports Chiropractor), Dave Picardy (Expert Weightlifting/Strength and Conditioning Coach), a local Orthopedic Surgeon (specializes in the athletic shoulder), and myself. More may be added …

$250 for a single spot registration, with discounts offered for group registrations …

Oct 18

Announcing the 1st Annual Gymnastics Injury and Performance Seminar (G.I.P.S. 2014)

Dave Tilley at Region 6 Congress

The coach / editor of hybridperspective.com is presenting.

Friday August 1st – Providence RI

9:00 AM – The Crucial Role and Benefits of Using Preventative Rehabilitation in Gymnastics Training

10:00 – Extension Movements In Gymnastics: Methods For Reducing Spine Injury Risk and Improving Skill Performance

Region 6 Congress Lecture Topics & Random July Thoughts

Dave tries to simplify complicated injury prevention and rehab protocols for coaches.


Injuries as of June 2014

We do not have any official tracking system. Only the NCAA keeps good records.

But Arabian Punch Front has an unofficial partial list of prominent WAG gymnasts from around the world.

It’s been updated to include:

Laurie Hernandez USA Jr – Torn patella tendon & dislocated kneecap + surgery (Jun)

Vanasia Bradley USA Jr – Torn ACL & meniscus, broken patella (Jun)

Gymnastics Injuries June 2014


Both those injuries sound similar to what happened to Christine Peng Peng Lee, keeping her out of the 2012 Olympics.

extreme bionics?

How soon before we have the first ethical debate on whether an athlete with bionic limbs is at an advantage over athletes without them?

Update. Geoffrey Taucer sends this link for Cybathlon. The first world championships for robot-assisted parathletes. Switzerland 2016.

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

___ original post:

MotivePro suit

Here’s the state of the art.

Hugh Herr is building the next generation of bionic limbs, robotic prosthetics inspired by nature’s own designs. Herr lost both legs in a climbing accident 30 years ago; now, as the head of the MIT Media Lab’s Biomechatronics group, he shows his incredible technology in a talk that’s both technical and deeply personal — with the help of ballroom dancer Adrianne Haslet-Davis, who lost her left leg in the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing, and performs again for the first time on the TED stage.

Watch that 19min long video presentation on TED.

related – FDA Approves Segway Inventor’s Mind-Controlled Robotic Arm

Sever’s (Heel Pain) in Gymnasts

Dr Joshua Eldridge gives a quick overview. (PDF)

heel pain

life is unpredictable

Taylor Lindsay-Noel:

Taylor… almost six years ago. After an unexpected and rare fall from the high bar, I… a Canadian National Gymnast, was instantly paralyzed from the neck down.

Looking back, if you were to ask me at 14 years old, where I saw myself at 20, my answer would probably go something like this….

“I’m currently on a gymnastics scholarship at a nationally recognized University in the US, I’m finishing up my third year of undergrad and my aspiration in life is to become a sports doctor.”

Now… Let’s look at the reality,

“I’m about to enter my third year of my undergrad at Ryerson’s Radio and Television Arts program, I attend therapy multiple times a week, and my aspiration in life is to become an entertainment reporter and a motivational speaker.”


Taylor competed for the Seneca School of Gymnastics.

wrist braces with palm pads

Dr. Larry Nassar:

This video shows how I like to use pads on the palm of the hand for the more complex wrist injuries in a gymnast.

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

Of course the best case scenario is to condition and train to avoid needing wrist supports. :-)

Rick McCharles interview

Gigi Khazback Farid interviewed me on WOGymnastikA.

Topics include:

• banning the Produnova vault
• Vault landing mats
• restructuring of World Cups
• FIG Code
• FIG Sport Medicine, Sport Science, Education
• Gymnastics blogging
• Best of the Gymternet

Click through for my answers.

Catching Up With Coach Rick McCharles of Gymnastics Coaching

Rick and Amber

Sam Gourley – Beam | Floor

Great story.

Kristi Marks sends this video. At a young age Sam was diagnosed with osteochondritis dissecans (OCD), formerly called Little Leaguer’s elbow. She cannot put much weight on that one elbow.

She loves gym and refused to give it up. Today she’s a 2 event specialist, Beam and Floor. Sam’s won floor at every meet she entered this year.

Have you ever seen 1-arm round off double back before?

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

Sam Gourley is now looking to continue her career in the NCAA. Contact me if you know a team that might be interested in learning more about her.

NCAA Apparatus finalists

Brandie Jay (UGA)
Lindsay Mable (Minnesota)
Lindsey Cheek (UGA)
Ashleigh Gnat (LSU)
Rheagan Courville (LSU)
Sachi Sugiyama (Michigan)
Maileana Kanewa (OU)
Haley Scaman (OU)
Kat Grable (Arkansas)
Olivia Courtney (UCLA)
Bridget Sloan (Florida)
Georgia Dabritz (Utah)

Lindsey Cheek (UGA)
Kristina Vaculik (Stanford)
Rheagan Courville (LSU)
Joanna Sampson (Michigan)
Taylor Spears (OU)
Shona Morgan (Stanford)
Samantha Shapiro (Stanford)
Bridget Sloan (Florida)
Kim Jacob (Bama)
Macko Caquatto (Florida)
Alaina Johnson (Florida)
Sam Peszek (UCLA)

Taylor Spears (OU)
Hanna Nordquist (Minnesota)
Maddie Gardiner (OSU)
May Beth Box (UGA)
Lindsey Cheek (UGA)
Sydney Ewing (LSU)
Chayse Capps (OU)
Kristina Vaculik (Stanford)
Kim Jacob (Bama)
Sarah DeMeo (Bama)
Alaina Johnson (Florida)
Macko Caquatto (Florida)
Hollie Blanske (Nebraska)
Jamie Schleppenbach (Nebraska)
Jessie DeZiel (Nebraska)
Emily Wong (Nebraska)

Joanna Sampson (Michigan)
Maileana Kanewa (OU)
Haley Scaman (OU)
Brandie Jay (UGA)
Jessica Savona (LSU)
Lara Albright (OU)
Kat Grable (Arkansas)
Kim Jacob (Bama)
Emily Wong (Nebraska)
Lauren Beers (Bama)
Diandra Milliner (Bama)
Becky Tutka (Utah)
Nansy Damianova (Utah)

The surprises:

VT – no Milliner, Mable, Delaney or Wilson
UB – no Davis or Dabritz
BB – no Nush, Peszek, Sloan
FX – no Hall, Mable, Dabritz, Hunter, Peszek or even Sawa.

ohalia on College Gymnastics Board

It’s time for the annual moaning about idiotic NCAA judging that tries to rank hit routines between 9.80 and 10.00.

John Roethlisberger on Facebook:

No one loves collegiate gymnastics more than I do, but until collegiate women’s gymnastics starts using legitimate scoring, you all are going to be beating your head against the wall. Don’t get me wrong, I am still a fan and I enjoy watching but if I had a vested interest I would be frustrated. For example, on Floor, there is .2 separating 1st and 41st.


In real gymnastics terms, with real deductions, do any of you think there is really only .2 separately 41 people? I like seeing 9.9′s and 10.0′s as much as the next guy, but there needs to me more separation. And I’m not even saying the results are wrong, I honestly have no idea, but if real deductions were taken, it would be more clear. …

I’m less unhappy with the final rankings than usual. I’d say Nebraska truly did deserve to move on ahead of Utah and UCLA. That was one incredible Beam rotation for them. Utah gave it away on Vault.

Biggest problems I saw in prelims:

Vault judging does not reward the best vaults.
Home court advantage makes a big difference. Alabama should not have matched Florida.
Big name gymnasts gain as much as 0.05 / routine
“safe” routine construction is too much rewarded. e.g. Oklahoma

With so much parity now between the top teams, it is time to make more differentiation between the highest scores.

Vault should have (relative to gymnast size) increased height and distance requirements. Yurchenko 1/1 scores should be lowered, perhaps lowered to a 9.95 start.

On Bars, overshoot not taken to handstand should be deducted 0.05 as should a squat-on, jump to high. Those transitions look out of place.

I’d like them to continue the emphasis on landing, actually. These young women are at high risk of Achilles and ACL injury. The more attention paid to landing, the safer.

Sloan landing

For some reason even the very best WAG “landers: are less skilled at it than any average MAG.

A more realistic solution would be to allow judges to award increments of 0.05 at major competitions like Regionals and Championships.

Nassar: ICE is NICE

Gabe Mirkin, MD, March 2014:

“Coaches have used my “RICE” guideline for decades, but now it appears that both Ice and complete Rest may delay healing, instead of helping.”

Josh Stone:

In 1978, Gabe Mirkin, MD coined the term RICE. Health care practitioners to laypersons are quick to recognize RICE as the ‘gold standard’ treatment option following injury. Followers of my blog know my stance against ice and now there is support from the physician who coined the term. Yes, the very same physician, Dr. Gabe Mirkin, who coined RICE, is now taking a step back. I reached out to Dr. Mirkin and asked for permission to share his story. As you will read below in Dr. Mirkin’s full post, the lack of evidence for cryotherapy is something we must listen to. …

RICE: The End of an Ice Age

Dr Larry Nassar responds:

Ice is nice but it needs to be done properly and as part of a therapy regimen. Just like so many other things, it can be overused. It is one of the most commonly applied therapies but it is also one of the most poorly understood therapies too.

I agree that inflammation is needed. However, the body can also “over do it” too. Too much of a good thing makes it bad. So controlled inflammation is the key. Too much bleeding is not good, too much inflammation is not good, too much ice is not good …

The week before African Championships, Michael Makings was hurting. To save time after workout one day, he decided simply to ice his entire body.

Michael Making


Personally, I’ll continue to use ice as Dr Nassar recommends.

In moderation, Michael. In moderation.

Thanks Thomas G Trapp.

knee pain in gymnastics

I listened to an excellent audiocast by chiropractor Dr. Joshua Eldridge.

Overuse knee injuries and knee pain can be devastating for young gymnasts and can keep them from doing the sport they love. Overuse knee injuries are also a red flag for further injury.

Gymnast Care: The Ultimate Injury Prevention Podcast – episode 13

From there click over to iTunes if you want to subscribe to those. (FREE)

Alternatively, much of the same content is on the website:

Here’s how we categorize knee pain:

Overuse Injuries
Ligament Injuries

overuse knee injuries

… we see them most in the pre-pubescent and pubescent athletes. In females, these injuries are occurring most between the ages of 10-13 and in boys, these can last until they are done growing. …

Why Are Overuse Knee Injuries Occurring?

Dysfunction of muscles
Faulty mechanics


Part 1, Overuse Knee Injuries

Knee pain can slow progress to a halt. We must do everything we can to avoid / reduce knee injury.