… back-to-back Olympic all-around golds in 2012 and 2016 (the first man to do so since Sawao Kato in 1972), six consecutive world all-around titles collected between 2009 to 2015 (in a sport where no other man has more than two), and 21 world medals (including individual titles on floor exercise, parallel bars, and horizontal bar.) …
“He’s my hero,” echoed Carlos Yulo, the reigning world champion on vault, who on his best days shares Uchimura’s crystal-clear sense of execution and extreme difficulty.
The Philippines-born 21-year-old, who trains in Japan, credits watching Uchimura compete at the London Olympics as a key moment in his childhood. …
BUT every coach has opinions and a lot of anecdotal experience.
Most agree on a few points:
don’t use wrist guards if you don’t need them
don’t use wrist guards as a fashion accessory
limit the amount of wrist guard use, especially with growing children
don’t use wrist guards for conditioning
There are Olympic champions that never once used wrist guards, even on Pommels. That should be the starting goal for every gymnast.
Here’s the conclusion from one study out of the University of Missouri:
Evidence supports the use of wrist guards as protective equipment in the prevention of gymnasts’ wrist pain and injury.
However, potentially negative effects of wrist guards on proprioception and performance were also reported, and critical gaps in knowledge regarding guard design, most effective indications, and application to female gymnasts remain.
Further biomechanical and clinical studies are needed to fill these gaps in knowledge toward making evidence-based recommendations regarding use of wrist guards in gymnastics. …