… Spring of 2020, due to government restrictions I found myself stuck at home with a lot of time on my hands.
When I was younger, Pallets were always the go to obstacles for honing my skills on the Trials Bike, so it was only fitting to get 30 Pallets delivered to the house, turning the driveway into a wee trials park to keep us amused over the summer! …
Dave Tilley presented to both WAG NCAA College coaches and judges before the 2022 season.
The goal is for judges to evaluate landings consistently — and promote the safest possible landings.
The biggest reason is due to the massive number of serious knee and ankle injuries that gymnasts deal with, particularly in the NCAA. When you look at research studies, leg injuries account for up to 54.1% – 70.2% of all injuries.
Based on a study looking at injuries in NCAA Women’s gymnastics from 2009-2014, leg injuries accounted for 50% of all injuries with the knee and ankle being the most common (19). In some studies, up to 52% of all gymnastics injuries occur during landings, with some researchers calling it the ‘riskiest exercise phase in gymnastics.” …
Everyone agrees that what’s happened in the past few Codes is dangerous and stupid. FIG provides every incentive for men to chuck the hardest stunts they might possible land — and somehow land on their feet.
Also, the landing mats are insufficient for this level of skill. We need something much more like the FIG Doublemini landing mats.
YES a few of the most talented can land consistently and relatively safely, but not many.
Dvora Meyers put together a deep dive into the history of competition Gymnastics landings. She digs into the evolution of landing mats, as well.
The most dangerous part of most routines.
If gymnasts are allowed a controlled lunge on Floor, use that technique. It’s much safer — absorbing force over more time and distance.
Personally, my strategy as a coach is to train competition landings with the goal of a 0.1 deduction small hop. If the gymnasts happens to STICK for no deduction once-in-a-while, I consider it a 0.1 bonus over the plan.