Gymnasts injured before arriving College

We have a very dangerous sport.

Thanks Greg.

College gymnasts – narcotic pain meds

According to the recently released NCAA National Study on Substance Use Habits of College Student-Athletes, the proportion of women’s gymnasts who reported using narcotic pain medications — nearly 18 percent — is the highest among student-athletes in any sport.

Overall, the use of pain medication, both prescribed and nonprescribed, has decreased among student-athletes since the release of the last NCAA substance use study in 2014, but health care professionals still are examining how best to manage pain among college athletes. …


our inspiration – Maggie Nichols

On Jan. 9, 2018, Nichols, then a sophomore gymnast at Oklahoma, released an 898-word statement informing the world that she, too, had been sexually assaulted by former USA Gymnastics team physician Larry Nassar.

She let the world know that, in 2015, she and her coach were the first to report his abuse to USA Gymnastics, that she was the one who had been identified only as “Athlete A” in the reports of Nassar’s actions, which he inflicted under the guise of medical treatment on more than 300 victims. …

“I want everyone to know that he did not do this to Athlete A, he did it to Maggie Nichols,” Nichols wrote in the statement. …

2019 NCAA Inspiration Award: Maggie Nichols

Oklahoma gymnast hopes reporting abuse by USA Gymnastics doctor helps others feel empowered

keeping banned coaches banned

Nancy Armour, Rachel Axon and Brent Schrotenboer for USA TODAY:

1. Create a universal banned list.

2. Use existing enforcement mechanisms.

3. Require related youth-serving organizations to honor each other’s sanctions and share information on discipline.

Three keys to keeping banned coaches banned and children safe

Nassar abused his friend’s 6-yr-old

The criminal doctor’s victimized the daughter of a close family friend. It started when Kyle Stephens was age-6.

She was not a gymnast. This was not fake medical treatments.

Kyle’s father refused to believe her. As a result, she hated her father for years. They finally reconciled before his death.

Very ill, Kyle’s Dad took his own life in 2016.

Kyle Stephens was first to testify.

Listen to episode 8 online. But know that it’s disturbing.

Tsukaharas cleared of harassment charges

The sport’s governing body reinstated Chieko Tsukahara and her husband and association vice president Mitsuo Tsukahara after an independent committee concluded that while there were “a lot of inappropriate points lacking in consideration,” the two committed no acts that could be subject to punishment. …

Gymnastics association lifts officials’ suspension 

Protecting Girls and Women

In Canada, December 6th is the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women.

We remember 14 women at l’École Polytechnique de Montréal killed in a gender-based act of violence. They were:

Geneviève Bergeron
Hélène Colgan
Nathalie Croteau
Barbara Daigneault
Anne-Marie Edward
Maud Haviernick
Barbara Klucznik Widajewicz
Maryse Laganière
Maryse Leclair
Anne-Marie Lemay
Sonia Pelletier
Michèle Richard
Annie St-Arneault
Annie Turcotte

related – Thousands of Israeli women protested on December 4th following the murder last week of two girls – Silvana Tsegai, 12, in South Tel Aviv and Yara Ayoub, 16, in Jish.

surviving Gymnastics

One former J.O. / College gymnast posted the sad story of her career on a series of Instagram posts.

We were all at the mercy of a coach’s mood on any given day. …

She was a former elite, always unhappy and extremely negative. …

Start on this post. Click forward on the arrow to read it.

roof collapses during a Ukrainian Gymnastics practice

On Dec.1, gymnastics coach Karina Shvaetska, who worked in a newly built youth sports school called Favorite Fit in Vyshneve … heard strange sounds and decided to take 30 children out of the gym.

After less than two minutes, the roof collapsed. …

… It is simply impossible to imagine! 3 and 4 years old kids were in the gym – 30 little girls and 2 coaches! Our coach managed to get the kids out in seconds before the collapse,” said Maryna Hertz, a mother …

Youth sports school roof collapses in Vyshneve; 30 children saved by coaches

LOW rope climb conditioning

I’m always looking for rope challenges done at low height. It’s stupid to repeatedly put young kids WAY up high.

Kyle Shewfelt once fell, for example. Happily he was OK.

Some up-and-comer named Chellsie has one for us.

Click PLAY or watch it on Instagram.