Coaching style can reduce injury risk

It makes sense.

A more careful, caring coach who listens to athletes you would expect to have lower incidence of both traumatic and overuse injuries.

We have no definitive data on this, however.

Closest I’ve seen is this article by Dave Tilley:


leotard design rules?

A private Facebook group is discussion possible new USAG rules for leotards.

Have you heard anything about this?

If so, leave a comment.

“New Rule as of August 1, 2019 – no grace period at this time.

1. Acceptable Attire for Athletes
Recommendation to include the following items regarding Athlete Attire in the JO Code of Points, General-6 and the R&P, page 19 under Gymnast’s Obligations, effective August 1, 2019:

a. A backless leotard is described as: “The open area extends past the bottom of a bra line and the open area extends past the vertical midpoint of the scapula, unless the open area is filled in with mesh.” – both must be met to be compliant.
If an area is not compliant, it must be mesh lined. Any cover mesh, including nude and does NOT need to be lined, to be considered compliant.

b. Underwear (including sports bras) should not be visible. Add- (Clear, Nude Bra or coordinating base layer is acceptable.)

c. In addition to a leotard or ankle-length unitard, acceptable attire would include ankle-length tights under the leotard (that match the leotard or are skin tone).

IEC – January 1, 2020 – Elite Level leotards will go to FIG rules

Acceptable solutions are: Nude bra and full body liner would cover any open areas necessary.”

GymCastic is not impressed.

Terin Humphrey on USAG

On May 3rd, 2019, USA Gymnastics new CEO informed me that I was not going to be asked to leave USA Gymnastics.

On May 5th, I was asked to resign by USA Gymnastics leadership even though my position was an elected position by the Athletes Council not USA Gymnastics. Ostensibly because of a Facebook post on my personal page.

Finally on May 20th, the Athletes Council decided to remove me from the position because of the pressure being placed upon them by USA Gymnastics. …

Read her statement on Facebook.

1st Jr. World Gymnastics Championships

Highly anticipated, we don’t have much information on the competition.

But we do have the nominative roster (PDF).

Coaches are wondering whether or not we want Juniors to face the pressure and intensity of a World Championships while many are in a rapid growth stage. They are more vulnerable to some injuries than are seniors.

China’s team: Guan Chenchen, Wei Xiaoyuan, Ou Yushan.

Click PLAY or watch them on YouTube.

Click PLAY or watch a preview on Twitter.

Gymnastics Canada / USAG support Pride Month

Have they done this in the past?

Good move. I’m happy to see USAG support their members and fans who are LGBTQ.

It sends an important signal. Headquarters are in Indiana, home of famously homophobic Vice President Pence.

Gymnastics Canada is on board too.

Since 1982, the Constitution of Canada has guaranteed fundamental human rights to the LGBT community in the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

Canada’s ‘Rule of Two’

The Rule of Two states that there will always be two NCCP (certified) coaches with an athlete, especially a minor athlete, when in a potentially vulnerable situation.

This means that any one-on-one interaction between a coach and an athlete must take place within earshot and view of the second coach, with the exception of medical emergencies.

One of the coaches must also be of the same gender as the athlete. Should there be a circumstance where a second NCCP coach is not available, a volunteer, parent, or adult can be recruited. …

Vulnerable situations can include closed door meetings, travel, and training environments amongst others. …