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.

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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.

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

Sandeep Kumar Pal is paralyzed

“C4-5 fracture-dislocation with quadriplegia,” is how the doctors first described his injury.  …

… A month after he had won his medal at the Khelo India games, he had joined the national camp in New Delhi’s Indira Gandhi Stadium. …

“I must have done it over a thousand times in my life. Even on the day I got injured, I performed it (Double Back on FX)  three times cleanly,” he recalls. The fourth time though, he lost control. “My mind went blank at the top of the jump. …

How one fall turned gymnast Sandeep Kumar Pal’s life upside down

After months of rehab, he’s still regaining movement.

(via Rocker Gymnastics)

Dave Tilley on Athlete A

#GymnastAlliance

Dave is pissed at bad coaches. 

Quit coaching if you can’t do it safely. 

He points out there are many excellent, ethical, safe coaches too.  We don’t hear about them.

He calls for mandatory sport science coach education in the USA.  The States is the only major western nation where coach education is not required.

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