USAG safe sport

USA Gymnastics has hired two key senior staff members as the organization continues its ongoing efforts to protect athletes.

Toby Stark, a long-time leader in child advocacy, will serve as USA Gymnastics’ director of safe sport. In that role, Stark will lead a department focused on athlete protection.

Mark Busby, who handled child abuse and sex crime cases while with the Marion County Prosecutor’s Office, will provide supporting in-house legal counsel. …


I’m wondering if USAG will be swamped with years of litigation, named in many individual court cases along with Nassar.

related – GymCastic 259: The Nassar Plea

Lindsey Lemke speaks out on Nassar

Lindsey trained at Twistars. Was treated at Michigan State University.

She estimates that Nassar performed his “treatment” on her some 600 times …

“But I thought it was a legit medical treatment. … Who was I to question him?”

In September 2016, the MSU women’s gymnastics team was called into an urgent meeting. Lindsey was now 20 and had transferred to MSU on a full scholarship after spending a year at the University of North Carolina. Officials announced that there were allegations against Nassar. “They said we weren’t allowed to tell anybody,” says Lindsey.

Gymnast Lindsey Lemke Was Allegedly Sexually Abused by Her Doctor Starting at 13. Now She’s Speaking Out.

I’m waiting on the next GymCastic podcast to get Jessica’s take on the most recent developments in the Nassar case. For the first time he admitted guilt: 3 counts related to child pornography. In return, the plea bargain says prosecutors won’t pursue federal charges alleging sexual abuse of four young women.

He’l be sentenced on Nov. 27 in federal court in Grand Rapids, Mich.

Other court cases against him will continue.

Sportswear Brands Should Use Athletes—Not Models

Sasha DiGiulian:

… Nike and Adidas, which have the broadest reach—have a responsibility to remain authentic. These athletic-wear brands are selling apparel, accessories, and shoes for performance, and they should show the people who have worked every day to perform in that sport at their peak skill level.  …

Some brands are getting it right. Under Armour’s marketing campaign featuring Misty Copeland and Lindsey Vonn is incredibly powerful. …

Sportswear Brands Should Use Athletes—Not Models—in Their Ads

related – ELLIE KRUPNICK – Want to Sell Me Sportswear? Show Me an Athlete

Aly Raisman helping out Boston’s homeless

The Olympian and Needham native is teaming up with e-commerce bedding brand Leesa to donate 165 custom-made mattresses to Heading Home, a Boston-based homeless shelter. The donations will be delivered during an event at the organization in Dorchester on July 18, where Raisman will speak …

Aly Raisman continues to be America’s sweetheart


Men’s Rhythmic Gymnastics – Stick

Since Men’s Rhythmic Gymnastics is not officially sanctioned by Federation International of Gymnastics, there are different formats to Men’s Rhythmic Gymnastics outside Japan.

However in Japan, we have our own format and it has been performed at Japan National Athletic Meets; firmly establishing itself as Japanese Men’s Rhythmic Gymnastics with a history of over 80 years.

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube. (2011)

(via papa-liukin)

new USA Gymnastics Safe Sport Policy

The Board approved the new USA Gymnastics Safe Sport Policy – replacing the previous Participant Welfare Policy – which includes key updates to USA Gymnastics safe sport policies and procedures. Effective immediately, the policy outlines the scope of the organization’s commitment to promoting a safe environment, requirements and expectations placed on members, and incorporates the authority and jurisdiction of the U.S. Center for SafeSport. …

Additionally, USA Gymnastics is in the final stages of hiring a Director of Safe Sport. …

The Daniels report provided 70 recommendations in 10 key areas …


USA Gymnastics has been very slow getting to this point. Hopefully they’ve been slow but thorough.

related – Tony Retrosi – Moving Forward- Chaos or Community

protecting children from sexual abuse

Pediatrician Dr. Tobi Adeyeye Amosun:

1. The location of an incident [of sexual abuse] is likely to be at a place where you are familiar.

2. Slumber parties: I wanted to address this separately because of it being a sensitive subject.

3. Please use appropriate anatomical terms for body parts.

4. “Safe touch” vs. “bad touch”: make sure kids know which is which.

Safe touches I usually teach are the ones that are in areas not covered by your bathing suit, like shoulders, head and feet. Safe touches are also those that make you feel calm and safe, like a hug from your mom.

5. “Stranger danger” is a fallacy.

6. Be aware of what kids are looking at on smartphones and tablets.

7. Most importantly, trust your gut.

A Pediatrician Just Laid Out How to Protect Your Child From Sexual Abuse—And She’s Begging You to Listen