Gymnasts are the most fit athlete, pound for pound. Physical preparation & injury prevention are key to success. Gymnastics is ideal preparation for any other athletic endeavour.
... including nutrition, injury prevention & management
new Should Female Gymnasts Lift Weights?, Sands, McNeal, Jemni, Delong Conclusion: Weight training based on high-intensity low-repetition sets is likely to improve the performance of most gymnasts by increasing strength with minimal muscle hypertrophy.
Parallette Training Guide, Jay Thornton & Stephen McCain
Excellent advice, great photos, advanced boys conditioning.
Building an Olympic Body through Bodyweight Conditioning, Christopher Sommer
A top mens coach explains how using body weight resistance develops strength. Planche, levers, photos.
More body weight conditioning articles (various authors) from DragonDoor.
Talk to Female Athletes about Nutrition & Weight Control, Sean McCann
Strategies to Minimize Injuries and Lost Time in the Gym, Dr A. Jay Binder, Technique.
Know Your Knees, William A. Mitchell, Technique.
Trampoline-related quadriplegia ..., Torg & Das (Pediatrics)
All coaches need be aware of this report which concludes trampoline and minitrampoline are dangerous devices ... and their use has no place in recreational, educational, or competitive gymnastics.
Lower Extremity Functional Progression, Larry Nassar, Steve Elliott & Tammy Biggs, Technique.
Getting back into tumbling & "stuck" landings after an injury.
Think you are flexible? Try to touch your elbows to the floor. Gymnast is Marina from Canmore Illusions Gym Club. A long torso will help.
American-Gymnast.com training tips: stomach strength
Photos & description
Training Leg Swings: Incorporating Leg Swings into Your Workouts, Tamara Biggs & Larry Nassar, Technique.
Circuit Training, Jay Thornton & Stephen McCain
(Scroll down the American Gymnast site home page to find the link.)
Static Stretching Reduces Power Production in Gymnasts, McNeal & Sands, Technique, 2001
The leading researchers in our sport recommend no static stretching before training; dynamic stretching is preferred.
Seven Fundamental Movements, Circuit Program Design, Bill Sands
Preparing to be your best, Jay Thornton
Personal perspective on essential variables to be Elite.
Christchurch School of Gymnastics <website>
Treatment of Rips on the Hands, Dr. Larry Nassar, Technique.
Gymnastics Rips, Rick McCharles, 2003
new gymnast “statue” - body preserved in plastic, Rick McCharles. Human specimens, including entire bodies, preserved through the process of Plastination, a technique that replaces bodily fluids and fat with plastic. A bit gruesome. GymnasticsCoaching.com
Plyometric Training for Children & Adolescents, Avery D. Faigenbaum & Donald A. Chu
Confirming what gymnastics coaches already know; plyometric training can be safe for kids.
Minimising Injuries in Gymnastics Activities, Patria Hume. Includes tips for coaches.
new “Vertimax” conditioning device, Rick McCharles. Used mainly for lower body conditioning, an excellent though expensive piece of equipment. GymnasticsCoaching.com
How to be a High Performance Machine, Kim LaPiana, Technique.
High performance nutrition.
Food Cravings, Michelle Dusserre-Farrell, Technique.