FIGymnastics 2.0 app

The app, available free for download from the iTunes and Google Play stores, has been enhanced to include sections on non-Olympic disciplines Acrobatic Gymnastics, Aerobic Gymnastics, Synchronised Trampoline, Tumbling and Double Mini-trampoline, as well as Gymnastics for All, the inclusive discipline that is the foundation of the sport.

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concussions in gymnastics

They are more common than we realize. 😦

GymCastic interviewed former gymnast Caroline Just, a Neurology resident, on best practices for coaches, parents and teammates:

ANY head injury during practice or a meet should be investigated with a concussion checklist, because if you keep going without it, the second concussion could make things much worse. Print out a checklist and put it on the wall of the gym or download the Heads Up App

Take Tylenol not aspirin, Ibuprofen, Advil, Motrin, Naproxen or Aleve.

Most concussions resolve within two weeks, but if you don’t go through the appropriate steps, waiting to be symptom-free for 24 hours before you advance stages, you risk not healing properly, which increases risk of long-term neurocognitive symptoms

Go see a doctor if you are worried! It’s pretty unlikely that the doctor will tell you to quit, or to take a long break.

Doctors are required, in most states and provinces, to inform authorities if the welfare of a child is in danger, including by coaches. If you think a coach is negligent – don’t be silent. Get parents involved, get head coaches involved, get athletic directors involved. The right people will take this very seriously.

Gymnasts are tough. They are used to focusing on the goal and working through the pain. However, sometimes the toughest thing is to do what is right for your health, or your friend’s health. It’s better to miss the meet than miss the season, or miss out on your life.

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Caroline Just recommended we download a free app – Heads Up. I’ll be checking it out.

new – MyUSAGym app

USAG has just announced a free app for Apple devices. In 2016, the app will have live scoring from all of USA Gymnastics premier events, as well as many invitationals and Junior Olympic championship events for men’s and women’s gymnastics. Also USAG news.

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see it on the App Store

If you don’t want to use an Apple app, a website will provide scores.

myusagym.com/meets/live/