SPIN Summit 2022, Vancouver

December 7-9, 2022 in Richmond, B.C.

The SPort INnovation (SPIN) Summit is Canada’s leading edge symposium for professional development and networking in the areas of applied sport science, sports medicine, and innovation.

This annual conference combines experts from around the globe to build knowledge and skills to support Olympic and Paralympic sport success through applied scientific research.

Registration deadline – November 30, 2022

GymCan Culture Report expected JAN 2023

Gymnastics Canada brought in McLaren Global Sport Solutions to review Ethics, Safety & Culture.

Richard McLaren, who led investigations into Russian doping and corruption in the International Weightlifting Federation, is well respected in the field.

I first filled out McLaren’s online survey. Better than most of those fill-in-the-blank forms.

At the end of that survey, I was asked if I would be available for an in-person online interview. Of course I was keen to do so — and that happened NOV 8th.

About 90 minutes long, I felt McLaren was very open to hearing everything I had to say regarding culture. We spent most of the time talking recommendations for the future.

For example, I was asked what 3 changes I’d make first IF I was suddenly in charge of Gymnastics Canada.

I did call McLaren out on independence and transparency. And left convinced GymCan will have no influence on their findings.

McLaren Global Sport Solutions and those within it are completely independent of Gymnastics Canada, its sponsors, and other stakeholders.

MGSS has been contracted by Gymnastics Canada to independently, and without any interference or dictates from the sport, develop a Roadmap to a Culture Review and a Safe Sport Policy Review.

Roadmap to a Culture Review & Safe Sport Policy Review terms of reference

For example, the McLaren Report of Canada Soccer published July 2022 was scathing.

I told my interviewers they should do exactly the same with Gymnastics if that’s what the investigation finds.

I’d recommend spokespeople from Gymnasts for Change Canada have interviews with McLaren. They will listen.

The documentary BROKEN – The Toxic Culture of Canadian Gymnastics was released this week.

Canadian victims can contact Gymnasts for Change:


Tanenbaum Institute for Science in Sport – Toronto

A NEW initiative.

The Tanenbaum Institute will bring together the leading sport science research of U of T’s Faculty of Kinesiology & Physical Education, the sports medicine research expertise of the Temerty Faculty of Medicine, and the renowned clinical and research leadership of the Dovigi Orthopaedic Sports Medicine Clinic and the Lunenfeld-Tanenbaum Research Institute at Sinai Health. …

… the Tanenbaum Institute will work in partnership with sports clinics, associations and organizations, including Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment (MLSE) and its teams: the Toronto Maple Leafs, Toronto Raptors, Toronto FC and the Toronto Argonauts, …

Press Release

Thanks Jeff.

Canadian clinicians needed

This post is for Canadians only.

Gymnastics Canada will be training clinicians who will be teaching skills required to compete nationally.

Keith Russell will be leading this training.

Gymneo coaching manuals

I’d say the most complete coaching video tutorials online are those available via Gymneo subscription.

AND you can also purchase companion BOOKS that compliment the videos.

Floor 1 • Shoulder stand • Forward and backward rolls • Handstand • Forward lunge • Bridges •

Floor 2 • Cartwheel • Handspring • Run-up hurdle • Headspring • Flyspring •

Beam • Back walkover • Flic-flac step-out • Layout step-out • Tuck back •

Vault 1 • Tuck jump • Handspring • Round-off • Half-on Half-off •

Vault 2 • Handspring front • Tsukahara tuck • Yurchenko •

→ 906 exercises – 5 books

Details 164,50€

SHIFT online symposium

Shift Movement Science is offering a 3 day event June 10-12, 2022.

30 Speakers.
32 Gymnastics Lectures.

If you register, you’ll get all the notes and presentations 2 weeks in advance. And if you can’t attend LIVE, you can watch instead after the event.


Kasamatsu progressions

Here’s another very well edited tutorial from the Saving Tenths YouTube channel.

I’ll add a couple of additional points for KAS:

  • it’s important that coaches of BEGINNERS understand the relationship between cartwheel (early) and twisting (later). If one decides the direction of cartwheel — then later decides a different direction of twist, this particular vault is going to be difficult or impossible.
  • cartwheel with the right hand forward requires a right twist in all saltos
  • cartwheel with the left hand forward requires a left twist in all saltos
  • I like to post a chart on the wall where all coaches know cartwheel hand and twist direction of every competitive athlete in the program
  • ideally I’d like to do all the progressions in this video — but in the layout position first into the pit. Use the tuck position only if needed for competition that season. Layout is the goal. I’d go back to layout as soon as season ends.

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.