preventing and treating rips

Rips are injuries. Smarter gymnasts and coaches suffer fewer.

Prevention is the #1 goal.

… calluses form on the palms of the hands because of the repeated rubbing of the hands against the bars. …

… You want to keep the calluses thick enough that they protect your hands, but polished and smoothed so they don’t catch on the bars. …

Use something like the RIPT Grindstone to smooth calluses.

For more, click over to GYMNASTICSHQ – GUIDE TO GYMNASTICS RIPS: PREVENTION & CARE

Not mentioned in that article is my favourite treatment for healing rips.

Before going to sleep at night put your ripped hand in any kind of plastic bag. Inside you put plenty of moisturizer. Seems almost anything keeps the skin moist. Tie it on with loose string (not tight elastics). Most rips are healed enough to train after 1 or 2 nights.

advice to sport parents

Winning was just one of 81 determinants that makes playing sports enjoyable for children, and it was rated 48th, which means that there are 47 more important things that children, coaches, parents and league administrators should be focusing on, said Amanda Visek, lead author of the study and associate professor of sports psychology at The George Washington University in Washington.

Wendy Grolnick, co-author of “Pressured Parents, Stressed-out Kids: Dealing With Competition While Raising a Successful Child” and professor of psychology at Clark University in Massachusetts, said parents still can be highly involved with a child’s team without pressuring or pushing. In fact, it’s when they find balance that their children are most likely to enjoy sports and to persist at them.

Coaching experts to pushy parents: Back off

optimal parent

via @HeadgamesSports

Ksenia Semenova and Denis Abliazin – interview

In September 2016 Ksenia married Russian gymnast Denis Ablyazin and on January 21, 2017 she gave birth to their son, Yaroslav Ablyazin. …

SEMENOVA: IT’S EASIER TO BE AN ATHLETE THAN A COACH

A most interesting interview.

explaining Olympic Solidarity

Olympic Solidarity … helps athletes in the developing countries to compete on a level playing field with athletes from other parts of the world. …

Click PLAY or watch an IOC promo on YouTube.

I’ve attended two and led several, including one in the Philippines. Solidarity is one of the best programs of both IOC and FIG.

Toyota International results

Vault
1. Sae Miyakawa Japan 14.249
2. Sarah Voss Germany 14.133
3T. Mai Murakami Japan 14.049
3T. Ellie Black Canada 14.049

Bars
1. Melanie De Jesus Dos Santos France 14.533
2. Elena Eremina Russia 14.466
3. Juliette Bossu France 14.166

Beam
1. Sanne Wevers Netherlands 14.100
2. Melanie De Jesus Dos Santos France 13.700
3. Asuka Teramoto Japan 13.600
4. Lieke Wevers Netherlands 13.300

Floor
1. Mai Murakami Japan 14.333
2. Aiko Sugihara Japan 13.266
3. Sarah Voss Germany 13.033

full results including MAG

bullying sucks

Have you seen one Mom’s video interview of her son talking about being bullied at school?

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

Good move. Call out bullying. Defend those who are bullied.

A kid questioned his bullies and got support from the entire internet

Rihanna, Justin Bieber, and more are standing up for bullied kid Keaton Jones