Air Barrel balancing

Coach Deb and her girls wanted to try this balancing challenge on a Tumbl Trak Air Barrel.

walking the barrel

That’s dangerous without spot.

So they took it to the pit.

Air Barrel pit

Fun. :-)

That’s Avant Coeur Gymnastics at IEGA.

happy campers

GymRep Gymnastics Camp

Week 1 MAG and WAG highlights video from the bilingual camp just outside Montreal, Quebec.

It’s definitely the SAFEST camp I know. The many spotting set-ups are astonishing.

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

GymRep.com

lacking confidence = increased risk of injury

47 athletes training for Cirque du Soleil were studied:

injury, emotional exhaustion, self-efficacy and fatigue were associated with an increase in injury risk (risk ratios between 1.8 and 2.8), but Conflicts/Pressure was not (risk ratio=0.8). Of the several specific psychological aspects that are considered risk factors for injury, low self-efficacy had the strongest relationship. …

British Journal of Sports Medicine – Psychological predictors of injuries in circus artists: an exploratory study

What’s “low self-efficacy“, the factor that correlated highest with injury?

GRETCHEN REYNOLDS in the New York Times explains:

Hoping to discern what traits separated the injury-prone from the impervious, Dr. Hallé and colleagues from McGill University in Montreal compared data from the athletes’ psychological questionnaires with their medical charts. What they found was that a person’s level of confidence could significantly affect his or her risk of sustaining an injury. …

What the Circus Can Teach Us About Sports Injuries

Lesson for coaches = coach for confidence. That means more successful progressions, more repetition and less spotting.

Dr. Hallé:

“Watch someone who is really good” at a task, whether it’s a twisting somersault from a trapeze platform or a 5K road race, and “notice each step that they take.”

… Every activity involves a series of discrete, manageable skills that you can practice individually, she said. “Succeeding at a portion of the task will show you that you have the capacity to succeed at the rest.” …

circus

(via Stacy Clark)

gymnastics spotting tips

Dave on Hybrid Perspective takes a close look on how coaches can extend their spotting careers.

1) Spot With The Whole Body, Not Just Back and Arms

2) Alternate Spotting Arms/Sides Frequently

3) Find The Right Height and Distance

– tie yourself on to the support while spotting Bars

4) Do Pre-Hab Regularly

5) Less Ego, More Safety

Personally, I’m always looking for ways to sport less by doing more non-spotting drills.

stand close spotting

5 Tips for Gymnastics Coaches To Prevent Spotting Injuries

best SPOT ever

A CCTV camera caught a man successfully catching a one-year-old boy after the child fell from an apartment building during a heavy rainstorm in China’s Guangdong Province.

Reuters reports that the child may have escaped through a window in his second-story home while looking for his mother. …

Mashable

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

twisting machines

The SAM Spotting System costs US$2,995 in the States.

SAMS

In Europe the same thing could cost you US$4700 (31000kr).

Phillipe Chartrand was selling a similar device called “Flipping Wings“. Seems it’s no longer available.

My old coach, Physical Ed Vincent built his own with bungie and a twist belt. It’s been working for years and years, with constant maintenance. :-)

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

Personally, I don’t need any of those devices to teach twisting. The time lost getting into and out of the belt could be better used.