competition Vault mats are dangerous

A couple of weeks ago at the EDGE Symposium I asked Todd Gardner – USA National Staff Vault coach – if there was anything that could be done to reduce the number of serious injuries on competition Vault mats.

We came up with no brilliant solutions.

My one idea is to replace our current hard 20cm mats with a landing surface more like what they use in Double Mini-tramp competition. It’s much more forgiving.

At about 1 minute into this news interview with Rebeca Andrade you can watch her recent ACL injury. She under-twists a landing on competition mats. 😕

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

Why is it that we never hear Dr. Michel LÉGLISE and the FIG Medical Commission weigh in on issues like this. What is it they do? Exactly?

(via Let’s Talk Gym)

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Rick Mc

Career gymnastics coach who loves the outdoors, and the internet.

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