Gymnasts and Allies are ‘Great Leaders’

“The Gymnasts and Their Allies” are some of the World’s 50 Greatest Leaders over the past year.

When the sentencing trial of Larry Nassar began, few people knew the former USA Gymnastics doctor’s name, much less the details of his crimes.

Then, the young women he sexually assaulted—more than 150 of them—told their stories.

Their seven days of harrowing testimony shook the world of sports and beyond. Nassar was sentenced to up to 175 years in prison. The president of Michigan State University, Nassar’s former employer, resigned, as did the board of USA Gymnastics and the CEO of the U.S. Olympic Committee.

As Olympian Aly Raisman said, “We are here, we have our voices, and we are not going anywhere.”

22. The Gymnasts and Their Allies

injuries at LSU

Good article.

LSU junior Lexie Priessman has had eight surgeries and may require another on her shoulder in the offseason. …

McKenna Kelley is sitting out her junior season after suffering an Achilles tendon tear in November. …

Gnat, now LSU’s student assistant coach, considers herself lucky. She said she has never had a stitch, surgery or been under anesthesia. …

Gymnasts passionately ‘push through’ sport despite high rate of injuries, which LSU is trying to curb

Ashleigh Gnat

One study:

Female gymnasts more commonly suffered major injuries compared with men, and more commonly underwent surgery after injury (24.4% of female injuries required surgery vs 9.2% in males).

The anatomic region most often injured in men was the hand and wrist (24%). The anatomic region most often injured in women was the foot and ankle (39%). Overall, injury rates were highest in freshman-eligible athletes.

Evaluation of Men’s and Women’s Gymnastics InjuriesA 10-Year Observational Study (2015)

Jordyn Wieber files lawsuit

Attorneys for Olympic Gold Medal Gymnast Jordyn Wieber have announced the filing of a lawsuit against USA Gymnastics and Michigan State University.

The lawsuit alleges that MSU, and USAG, hid former doctor Larry Nassar’s criminal conduct from the public and from the police. …


Nassar’s boss arrested

A Michigan State University dean who was Larry Nassar’s boss is accused of groping and propositioning medical students and collecting nude pictures of them on his work computer.

William Strampel, who was arrested Monday, is charged with fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct, a high misdemeanor; felony official misconduct; two counts of willful neglect of duty, according to the special prosecutor running a wide-ranging investigation of MSU.

“Strampel used his office to harass, discriminate, demean, sexually proposition and sexually assault female students in violation of his statutory duty as a public office,” prosecutor Bill Forsyth said at a news conference, reading aloud from the criminal complaint. …


METH: Movement, Elevation, Traction, Heat


Which is better for your athletes?

Agressive treatment for minor injuries like ankle strains is not new. I recall our physiotherapist at University of Saskatchewan walking athletes immediately on ankle sprains as one method for faster recovery. That was in the 1990s.

Coaches without medical training should defer to their most trusted experts on this issue.

RICE (Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation) is a term that is synonymous with treating athletic injuries. Ice has been the gold standard for injuries and sore muscles since Dr. Mirkin coined it in 1978 from his sports medicine book. …

Ice will control the pain from injury, that relief only lasts between 20-30 minutes. There are many other things that we can do to control pain and not impede the healing process. The research is now saying that if you delay or inhibit inflammation, you will also delay your healing. …

Gabe Mirkin himself has changed his opinion:

On March 16, 2014, he wrote “Coaches have used my ‘RICE’ guideline for decades, but now it appears that both Ice and complete Rest may delay healing, instead of helping.

Ice is very effective for reducing pain for 20-30 minutes. And it’s still recommended for other purposes:

What about Ice baths and in between tournaments?

The evidence seems to support use for ice in this instance.

related – Another RICE alternative: MEAT (Movement, Exercise, Analgesics and Treatments).

Thanks John.

USAG Athlete Assistance Fund

The Athlete Assistance Fund, established by the National Gymnastics Foundation, is now accepting applications from gymnasts who have experienced sexual abuse in the sport of gymnastics for access to counseling services. …


Request access to counseling services through the fund

You can donate to that fund, as well.

Everything is strictly confidential.