NCAA Women’s Injuries 2022

College Gym News maintains an injury list. It’s not 100% comprehensive.

Dave Tilley has been posting a lot of information on College injuries.

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Reply to @loco777_thegod exercises for ACL/meniscus tear risk reduction! #gymnast #acltear #meniscus #gymnastics

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SHIFT online symposium

Shift Movement Science is offering a 3 day event June 10-12, 2022.

30 Speakers.
32 Gymnastics Lectures.

If you register, you’ll get all the notes and presentations 2 weeks in advance. And if you can’t attend LIVE, you can watch instead after the event.


Watanabe: computers may eventually replace judges

I feel progress has been slow.

I can’t foresee it happening any time soon.

Watanabe, who retained his position as FIG President at last month’s Congress, stresses that the technology is currently assisting judges but did not rule out the idea of it eventually becoming sole arbiter.

“At this stage, it is a judging support system,” Watanabe told insidethegames.

“It may be a substitute for humans in the future. …

Exclusive: FIG President Watanabe says computers may eventually replace judges

research on wrist guards

Not much scientific research has been done.

BUT every coach has opinions and a lot of anecdotal experience.

Most agree on a few points:

  • don’t use wrist guards if you don’t need them
  • don’t use wrist guards as a fashion accessory
  • limit the amount of wrist guard use, especially with growing children
  • don’t use wrist guards for conditioning

There are Olympic champions that never once used wrist guards, even on Pommels. That should be the starting goal for every gymnast.

Here’s the conclusion from one study out of the University of Missouri:

Evidence supports the use of wrist guards as protective equipment in the prevention of gymnasts’ wrist pain and injury.

However, potentially negative effects of wrist guards on proprioception and performance were also reported, and critical gaps in knowledge regarding guard design, most effective indications, and application to female gymnasts remain.

Further biomechanical and clinical studies are needed to fill these gaps in knowledge toward making evidence-based recommendations regarding use of wrist guards in gymnastics. …

Use of Wrist Guards for Gymnasts – A Systematic Review

Hardy Fink – Be Gymnast Centered

I highly recommend this presentation.

Gymnastics is under review worldwide. We hear much about the problems.

Hardy Fink offers solutions.

Hardy has attended more World Championships & Olympics than anyone else. He’s the principle author of the FIG Age Group Programmes for all disciplines. And he’s led more FIG coach education courses worldwide than anyone else.

We should listen and learn.

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube. (49min)

visual perception of gymnasts

Building on the research of Thomas Heinen.

Alexandra Pizzera (GER) is the researcher. Fabian Hambuechen, the gymnast.

Recall that Fabian wore glasses for much of his career. Visual information is critical for H Bar releases, of course.

The lecture “Visual perception of complex movements” focuses on the visual sense and how this sense is used by athletes, coaches, and judges in sports.

Different gaze control strategies are explained and how gymnasts use their visual perception to control aerial skills. Finally, methods involving visual perception to support the learning process as a coach are presented.

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Ellie Black’s strength coach

I can’t keep up with all Dave Tilley’s output.

But don’t miss one of his best podcasts yet — an interview with Scott Willgress, who’s worked with Ellie since 2011.

Ellie Black has a great plan with goals of longevity and consistency. #smart

Every coach can learn something from Scott who’s actually just one of a team of specialists working with the double Olympian.

Defying Gravity – part 4/6

You need YouTube Premium to watch the episodes 3-6.

My favourite episode of the first four.

I love seeing Grace and Jade in the Gym. Best interviews I’ve seen, so far.

Vault is the featured apparatus. They did not hold back on the terrible truth that competition landings on this event are very, very dangerous. Ellie Black and others were interviewed on injuries.

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

I don’t understand why FIG has never tried to improve vault landing mats.