Available April 12, 2019.
In Abused: Surviving Sexual Assault and a Toxic Gymnastics Culture, Rachel details her experiences as a competitive gymnast and the painful realities of being one of Nassar’s many victims.
With honesty and candidness, Rachel shares how the sport she loved that gave her so much—friendships, accomplishments, a college education—is also tangled in a dangerously toxic culture that needs to be fixed. In a world that was setting her up for a lifetime of recovery, she tells how faith, family, and an army of survivors made healing possible.
Rachel Haines was a two-time member of the U.S. Women’s Gymnastics Team, a two-time National Champion, and a Division I college gymnast at the University of Minnesota. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in child psychology and a Master’s of Education degree in family social science. Haines lives in Mendota Heights, Minnesota, a suburb of the Twin Cities.
A BIG red flag.
Li Li Leung should be driving over to the newspaper her first day on the job. To apologize. And pledge to work together closely in future.
Ronnie Ramos – Executive Editor IndyStar:
… With your hiring, we hope it will herald a new chapter for USA Gymnastics.
Unfortunately, the way your organization handled the announcement raises concerns we hope will be rectified. As has been the case for the last three years, USA Gymnastics specifically excluded the IndyStar from the initial media call announcing your appointment.
By excluding us, the state’s largest media organization, you excluded the people of Indianapolis.
This is meaningful in that it is indicative of an unwillingness to do what the abuse survivors — and this community — have repeatedly called for: a new path forward focused on positive change. Not a continuation of the secrecy of the past. …
A detailed discussion on a topic often brushed over by coaches.
Kids know what pain is, but they can’t always discern sore muscle pain from sharp injury pain or torn muscle pain. …
When you hear kids complain of pain, draw their attention to it. Ask them to describe it and maybe even call it a certain color or give it a pain rating. Differentiate kinds of pains early. The better you genuinely know your kids relationship to body pain, the better you’ll be at knowing when something’s not right. …
tricks & twists
After many revisions, Al’s got them perfect now.
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CSci., BASES Sport & Exercise Scientist, Coach Education Development Manager British Gymnastics; Women’s Gymnastics Coach, Heathrow, Katie has a super strong background.
This is a difficult topic.
Each situation, each athlete is different.
The research is not much advanced yet.
Still, every coach will learn something from her advice. Nick and Katie discuss an example – a gymnast who is unable to do her backward handspring on High Beam.
Click through to listen to the interview.
Most accusers are being truthful. Well over 90%, I’m thinking.
But there are a FEW cases of wrongful accusation.
Dina Bell-Laroche of the Canadian Sport Law & Strategy Group:
In any dispute, including sport disputes, once an individual is charged with an allegation, they are entitled to both natural justice and procedural fairness, regardless of the allegation.
We are unfortunately seeing sport organizations jump to conclusions and sometimes rush to sanction individuals before taking the necessary steps to ensure that the individuals are afforded natural justice and procedural fairness.
With this being said, there may be specific scenarios where it is socially and morally responsible to suspend an individual during the disciplinary process. …
SPORT DISPUTES AFTER #METOO: NOW WHAT? (2018)
Click through to see advice on how we should be handling accusations.
Teach beginners FIRST and BEST how to land and fall safely.
Beginners should exaggerate the STICK. Land with feet shoulder width turned out to about a 90 degree angle.
Absorb impact over a longer time period than necessary. Land soft, like a cat.
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Thanks Bermuda Gymnastics Association.