Dr. Dave Tilley is concerned:
… the unfortunate reality is that the typical way gymnasts were taught to land growing up (me included) may not be the safest for them and most effective to stick skills. Not to mention coaches are also unfortunately very mis-informed about what the best available science suggests for proper landing mechanics. The concerning typical landing position that we need to move away from is one of
• Knees and feet together
• Glutes engage with the “hips tucked under” into hollow
• Knee dominant landing strategy
• Stiff impact with upright torso
… The reality of the situation is that we need to change the way gymnasts land, starting from a very young age. The more ideal landing we should be teaching and forcing athletes to use is
• Feet hip width apart
• toes, knees, hips, and shoulders close to inline (generally)
• core engaged in relative neutral (not excessively hollowed or arched)
• proper angular displacement of the hip and knee joints
• hip angle generally 30 degrees, and trunk / tibial lines close to parallel …
Why Gymnasts Must Change How They Land
With greatly increased difficulty being competed now and into the future, obviously the “best” landing positions are the ones that bring impact forces to zero with the least risk of injury, especially major injuries like ligament ruptures.
Most of the top male gymnasts in 2016 land their difficult skills in a very typical way.
Check these successful WAG landing positions. (Some are luck, of course. But many are skillful.)
Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.
Former U.S. National Team member (2006-10) Cassie Whitcomb is a UCLA team manager. Her last season competing for the Bruins was 2012.
Over the years she had several spinal injuries. Finally Cassie had surgery to try to repair those.
She currently has a Go Fund Me page to help cover $5000 of Surgery/Medical/Expenses.
Help if you can.
… Beth had surgery to fuse fractured vertebrae in her neck …
“The early medical indications were positive as Beth was able to move her hands and feet, despite being in a lot of discomfort …
they took a piece of bone from her hip and used it to fuse the two vertebrae that were fractured, along with pinning them together …
Olympic gymnast is one of seven contestants to have been injured in Channel 4 ski-jumping reality show just two episodes in to its third series
CHANNEL 4 SPOKESPERSON:
“The Jump is now in its third series and since launch 46 celebrities have taken part successfully. Though it is a new course the events have been designed to be no more difficult than in previous years and all contributors have undertaken a rigorous training programme to prepare them for the show.
” All winter sports carry some element of risk but in light of the number of injuries this year, Channel 4 has asked the producers to review safety procedures again to further reduce the prospect of accident.”
related – Beth Tweddle: The Jump to hold safety review after series of injuries
Katherine Foster competes with one leg. Show this to your (complaining) gymnasts. 🙂
Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.
Katherine competes for Gymnastic Academy of Rockford.
… Katherine was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia back in 2011. The gymnast and avid CrossFitter needed her leg amputated after doctors discovered an infection in her knee joint. Since then she’s been through remission, relapse and is now once again in remission. …
A discussion on Chalk bucket.
A do-over was allowed after Katelyn’s foot knocked out the Beam end cap.
UCLA freshman Katelyn Ohashi stood tiptoe on the balance beam in Arizona’s McKale Center. With one more dismount, her debut as an all-around competitor in college gymnastics would be complete. …
“The end of the beam came off,” said coach Valorie Kondos Field. “Her foot stepped on that, and (she) had a very scary fall, landing on her neck.” …
Ohashi, though, was quick to stand on her feet again and Kondos Field said afterward that the freshman was uninjured.
The judge panel ruled that the failed dismount was caused by an equipment malfunction and, to ensure fairness of play, Ohashi was allowed another go on the beam.
“I was definitely not expecting that at all,” Ohashi said. “But they asked me if I wanted to do it again. And I was like, yeah, of course.” …
Kondos Field was not enthusiastic about pushing the freshman to the front line. She told Ohashi that she didn’t have to go and that she could also do an easier dismount. But Ohashi refused both offers, insisting on completing a full routine. …
The judges gave Ohashi a 9.825 – a new career best for the freshman. The beam score was added into the individual total of 39.375 that won Ohashi the all-around meet.
Gymnast doesn’t let fall throw game off balance, leads UCLA to win
Click PLAY or watch the second routine on YouTube.
The NCAA is super cautious when it comes to medical issues. I’m surprised medical let her back on the Beam so quickly.
Dempsey Foxson trains 25 hours / week checking her blood sugar 8–10 times a day.
I am sure you can imagine I have to take really good care of my body!
There are so many people who help me do this at home and at the gym. My parents, coaches, teammates and office staff all provide me with support!
My mom always provides me with healthy food before practice and snacks for my break. Some of my favorite snacks are almond flour muffins or half a ProBar, tons of raw veggies and nuts. I usually try to have my blood sugar between the 150 -180 range before practice. …
A GYMNAST SUPERSTAR LANDS ON HER FEET
via Gymternet Clan