Florida’s EQUALITY Meet

The first NCAA gymnastics regular-season dual meet to be broadcast LIVE on NATIONAL television was last weekend in Gainesville:

Florida 197.000 – Alabama 196.925

The theme was EQUALITY.

Click PLAY or watch it on Twitter.

related – Gators Gymnasts Have A Message To Deliver


Reality check – U.S. News and World Events ranks the USA among the worst of developed nation for racial equality — below China.

promoting older female gymnasts

Nick Blanton:

… of 259 female competitors in the 2019 WC’s, the average age was 19.93. Since the inception of the open-ended code in 2006, the average age of female competitors has risen from 18.2 years of age in the 2005 WC’s, to 19.93 in 2019. From this comparison, federations could strategize what age to peak their athletes in contemporary high-performance gymnastics.

To put it simply, programs should be strategizing on how to support older female athletes. …

That’s just one conclusion from Nick’s new paper.

safest Gymnastics LANDINGS

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.” …

THE NEED TO CHANGE LANDING DEDUCTIONS IN NCAA GYMNASTICS FOR LESS KNEE AND ANKLE INJURIES

Click through for a deep dive into this very important topic.

Watch William Emard STICKING.

Good aerial awareness. Stong legs. Good technique. Fewer injuries on landings.

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Let Kids Choose Who They Hug 

A Mighty Girl has an important message for coaches.

By letting kids decide whether to greet someone with a hug or a kiss, parents can teach the basics of consent and bodily autonomy as early as the toddler years. …

… “The notion of consent may seem very grown-up and like something that doesn’t pertain to children, but the lessons girls learn when they’re young about setting physical boundaries and expecting them to be respected last a lifetime.” …

This Holiday Season, Let Kids Choose Who They Hug

Related:

Let’s Talk About Body Boundaries, Consent, and Respect

My Body! What I Say Goes!

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