Montreal 2017 National Symposium

In conjunction with World Championships 2017 an acrobatic sports symposium has been scheduled October 5-8th. (4 days)

Three streams to choose from: Sport Science & Health, Technical workshops and Gymnastics for All. 

Organized by Guy Lavoie, I know it’s going to be good.

Speakers include Hardy Fink, Keith Russell, Carol Angela Orchard, Peggy Liddick, Josée Cyr and a number of top sport scientists. This event is a flashback to the excellent symposium hosted in conjunction with 1985 Worlds Montreal.

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If you are looking for something different than the for profit, predictable USAG Congress events, consider this alternative.

Two pricing options:

Package 1: Montreal 2017 National Symposium $325 CAD ($240 US) + taxes

Package 2: Montreal 2017 National Symposium & tickets for the finals on Oct. 6 to 8 $405 CAD ($300 US) + taxes

Registration details.

sport science for coaches

Wayne Goldsmith:

In the sports science world things are based on facts, research, validity and reliability measures, measurement, accuracy and evidence.

In the coaching world the key focus areas are results, performance, communication, instinct and “feel” – the art of coaching. …

Keep jargon down to a minimum

Join the PAPPP – People Against Pointless PowerPoint Presentations

Keep background, historical information to a minimum

Don’t dumb down – coaches are not dumb

Ten Golden Rules for presenting sports science information to coaches.

a new dive – 513XD

Is a dive with 1.5 somersaults and 5 twists possible?

Some sport scientists believe it is but that a different arm action would be required. The body would tilt to the point of being near horizontal at one point before untilting for entry into the water.



related – Fred Yeaden – LEARNING HOW TO TWIST FAST (PDF)

(via Lukewiwa)

3D video to determine difficulty scores

The most exciting story out of the 2016 FIG Congress was Fujitsu’s video analysis software that can (finally) determine what skills were performed by a gymnast.

… the FIG Executive Committee is very interested by this idea that would allow the reduction of the number of judges needed for competition. …

Exclusive: Departing FIG President Grandi hails 3D judging technology as “great chance” for his sport


Click PLAY or watch the presentation at FIG Congress on YouTube. Gymnastics starts around the 10min mark.

The faster this technology can be introduced, the better.

elgrip NOT required next Men’s Code

DRAFT FIG Men’s Code of Points 2020 page 135 – Horizontal Bar:

Article 15.2.2 Information about the D score

1. The Element Groups are (EG):

I. Long hang swings with and without turns.
II. Flight elements.
III. In bar and Adler elements.
IV. Dismounts.

Adler is German for “eagle”. An eagle or elgrip swing has always been required in the past. But with the reduction in Special Requirements from 5 to 4, gymnasts will be required to do either an In Bar skill or Eagle skill. An Endo, for example, would suffice.

We will be seeing this skill far less in future.


Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

The classic Stoop Shoot MIGHT damage the shoulders of gymnasts. I’m very happy to see it no longer a requirement. The very few genetically gifted may continue to use it.

Most have been done badly in the past. Flexed feet, bent knees, wide arms, etc.

Congratulations to FIG MTC for this change
, something many have been calling for for decades. We’ll have fewer shoulder injuries in future.

Of course gymnasts will continue to use variations of that skill including Adler 1/2 and Adler 1/1, both much less for shoulder injury.


Bill Sands on specificity of training

Dr. Sands feels many coaches are filling training plans with exercises that do not contribute towards the final goal.

“You need to do those exercises that are important for transfer to your sport. And not much else.“

Unnecessary training is a waste of time and may even contribute to overuse injury.

The number of training hours should cycle over the season and even over the week. Recovery should be better planned.

Listen to Dr. William A. Sands on The Gymnast Care Podcast AUDIO (37 min).


male Baseball players can’t hit Jennie Finch

Time magazine described Jenny as the most famous softball player in history. She’s 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m).

Jenny Finch

No sooner did Finch arrive at the mound than the defensive players behind her sat down. Yankees infielder Aaron Boone took off his glove, lay down in the dirt and used second base for a pillow. Rangers All-Star third baseman Hank Blalock took the opportunity to get a drink of water. They had, after all, seen Finch pitch during batting practice.

As part of the pregame festivities, a raft of major league stars had tested their skill against Finch’s underhand rockets. Thrown from a mound 43 feet away and traveling at speeds above 65 mph, Finch’s pitches take about the same time to reach home plate as a 95-mph fastball does from the standard baseball mound, 60′ 6″ away. A 95-mph pitch is fast, certainly, but routine for pro baseball players. Plus, the softball is larger, which should make it easier to hit.

Nonetheless, with each windmill motion of her arm, Finch had blown all her pitches by the bemused men. When Albert Pujols, one of the greatest hitters of his generation, stepped forward to face Finch during that practice, the other major leaguers crowded around to gawk. …

Click PLAY or watch what happened on YouTube.

Softball hitters are able to hit Jenny. To find out why, click over to Sport’s Illustrated – Why MLB hitters can’t hit Jennie Finch and science behind reaction time