GAGE Summer Camp 2019

I visit a lot of clubs around the world.

The safest I’ve seen is GAGE in Kansas City, Missouri. Al builds a lot of his own equipment and matting to make circuits safer and more efficient.

If you want to see for yourself, consider registering for camp this summer.


related – Former GAGE gymnasts Sarah (Shire) Brown — currently Head Coach at Penn State — is very entertaining and eloquent in talking about her years at GAGE. Listen to that interview on GymCastic episode 358.

Sam Cerio medical update

If you see video of Sam’s injury online, don’t share it.

The Auburn gymnast was badly injured landing a double front on Floor at Regionals hosted by LSU.

Coach Graba’s statement.

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Friday night was my final night as a gymnast. After 18 years I am hanging up my grips and leaving the chalk behind. I couldn’t be prouder of the person that gymnastics has made me to become. It’s taught me hard work, humility, integrity, and dedication, just to name a few. It’s given me challenges and road blocks that I would have never imagined that has tested who I am as a person. It may not have ended the way I had planned, but nothing ever goes as planned. Thank you Auburn family for giving me a home and a chance to continue doing the sport that will always be my first love. I am honored to have had the privilege to represent the navy and orange AU for the past 4 years with my team by my side. Thank you for letting me share my passion with you. Thank you for letting me be a part of something bigger than myself. War Eagle Always 💙🧡

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Sam was visited in hospital by the LSU Team Doctor, the LSU Orthopedist, the President of LSU and D-D.

coach Muffet McGraw on gender equity

Notre Dame (Basketball) Coach Muffet McGraw has been on the Final Four stage nine times in her career. …

But her news conference on Thursday was different. It was passionate, and it was personal.

Muffet McGraw has had enough. …

NY Times 

She will only hire female assistant coaches in future. Female coaches in women’s sport should be the norm. Male coaches, the exception.

Click PLAY or watch her on Twitter.

Auburn’s Sam Cerio injured

A terrible landing on Floor. Handspring Double Front.

Click PLAY or watch how her team reacted on Twitter.


Sam’s an aerospace engineering major who, upon her graduation in May, has accepted a job to work for Boeing in Seattle.

coach Fernando de Carvalho Lopes banned

A former coach of Brazil’s national gymnastics squad accused of sexually abusing dozens of boys has been banned for life from the sport, as prosecutors investigate the allegations.

The ruling by the Brazil Gymnastics Federation’s disciplinary tribunal announced Sunday prohibits Fernando de Carvalho Lopes from any activity relating to gymnastics. …


For RECOVERY from exercise SLEEP is priority

Christie Aschwanden has a new book that’s getting a lot of attention, especially from coaches of endurance athletes.

The main takeaway for me was improving quality and quantity of sleep had the best potential for feeling more READY for the next training.

In one study a group of athletes spent 10 hours / night in bed, whether or not they were sleeping the whole time.

She found that many of the commercial products on the market had negligible effects on recovery. Often the placebo had the same result as the supposed recovery aid.

Recovery is very individual. And complicated.

She found that ice baths can “work” in that they make many athletes feel better (later), even if you’re not actually changing anything in the body.

Personally, I find the best strategy for the coach is to do an assessment of readiness to train at the beginning of workout, and adjust the plan based on that assessment. On a GOOD DAY do more. On a BAD DAY do more basics, less impact.

One season I had the girls do one rope climb during the warm-up reporting back to me how it felt. That was a good indicator, I found. We changed the load (e.g. tumbling reps) based on how they were feeling that day.

Amazon – Good to Go: What the Athlete in All of Us Can Learn from the Strange Science of Recovery

Christie Aschwanden is an award-winning science journalist.

She was the lead science writer at FiveThirtyEight for many years and is a former health columnist for the Washington Post. …

She was a high school state champion in the 1,600-meter run, a national collegiate cycling champion, and an elite cross-country skier with Team Rossignol. She lives and occasionally still races in western Colorado.

Alicia for the Athlete Assistance Fund

… At first, she wasn’t sure what she could do to help the survivors, but when she heard about the creation of the Athlete Assistance Fund (AAF) in early 2018, she felt like it could be the perfect spot for her.

“I wanted to be somebody that could help make a change,” Sacramone Quinn said by phone last week. “The Athlete Assistance Fund seemed like a great partnership where I could help these athletes …”

The not-for-profit organization aims to provide financial assistance and guidance for any gymnast who was sexually abused in the sport and would like to seek counseling. …

Alicia Sacramone Quinn works to help Nassar survivors through the Athlete Assistance Fund

related – Indy Star:

The Athlete Assistance Fund was set up to help gymnasts who were sexually abused receive free, confidential counseling. But it faces many challenges gaining the trust of a skeptical public and abuse survivors.

reducing Gymnastics leg injury

Dave Tilley:

Issues like stress fractures, ankle sprains, growth plate inflammation, ACL or meniscus tears, Achilles injuries, and overuse cartilage break down are seen throughout all levels of gymnastics. These injuries all have a common overlap in being “impact” based….

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

On the upside, all that impact results in gymnasts having very dense bones.

On the downside, every coach needs to constantly assess the training plan to minimize the risk of traumatic and chronic injuries.

Dave has some advice.

1. Temporarily Reduce Workloads and Impact Volume

2. Diagnose and Get Medical Care Quickly

3. Be Patient

4. Manage Soft Tissue Daily (Manual Therapy and Stretching)

5. Use Ice Baths and Compression Nightly

6. Land Properly

7. Slowly Rebuild Knee and Ankle Joint Strength Following Injury

8. Slowly Rebuild Impact Volume Following Rehab

9. Correct Technical Issues (Steep Take off and Landing Short)

The other more obvious piece, although it’s shockingly not addressed, is that gymnasts simply need to stop landing short and destroying their ankles all the time. Mistakes obviously happen here and there, but the reality is that far too many gymnasts are being allowed to land very short on a daily basis. …

10. Build Leg Strength with Physical Preparation Programs

11. Track Growth

Click through for details and videos:


Gymnast with type 1 Diabetes

Paris Phillips of the North Carolina State University Wolfpack was diagnosed with juvenile Diabetes after her first semester at college.

Paris posted an excellent article on how she’s dealt with that medical challenge while staying in the sport. In fact, she was only off training for one month total.

Over the past few years Paris has been talking to younger gymnasts and people in sport who have been diagnosed.

Click through for the full story.

Personal #statement

(via Luba)