Week 1 Gymnastics Revolution seminar is in the books!
What it is like to be in a gym full of amazing gymnastics professionals including coaches, owners, physical therapists, and chiropractors that have one mission…protecting gymnasts from injuries, and increasing their performance?
It was a revolution…to be exact, it was the Gymnastics Revolution and the first of our sessions across the country went down this weekend in Ohio at Pinnacle Gymnastics.
I wanted to give you a small glimpse into what happened and what Dr. Dave Tilley and I discussed, so here it goes:
My favorite part of the weekend is when coaches get asked this questions:
Why do you stretch gymnasts?
And here were my favorite answers:
Get them warmed up
To improve their leaps
To make them more flexible
And then Dave drops the bomb on them…how does stretching a gymnast get you those goals?
What an important question. Have you ever sat down and thought about why your doing a specific movement, stretch, or exercise?
Do you know what happens to the muscle (or even better the neurological system) when you stretch a muscle and what happens when a gymnast is pushed down in a split or forced to do a split that her body cannot handle? Does that help them become better gymnasts?
The great thing about the Gymnastics Revolution is that was juts one hour of a weekend packed full of great information!
I was excited to take the floor and talk about nutrition from a coaches standpoint, and how nutrition and recovery/adaptation interact.
One of the things I challenged the attendees was how important it is for coaches and professionals to encourage the athletes to eat the right foods at the right times. It was also important for them to understand the caloric needs of gymnasts and without the calories, their body cannot use the important micronutrients because they are just being consumed as fuel.
It’s so important that a gymnast gets everything they need from their diet and when they don’t get it, they are incredibly prone to injury and their performance can tank.
One of the other components of Dave’s presentation on Sunday morning was on utilizing soft tissue work during the gymnasts pre-warm up in the gym.
Part of performing in the gym is making sure the body is prepared to accept the load that is being placed on it. If the body is isn’t prepared, it will not be able to perform to the high standard that is expected from it in gymnastics.
Using a foam roller, tennis ball, and a Tiger Tail can be a powerful way to increase blood flow to the muscle and decrease some of the tonal “tightness” that is there pre-workout.
Then we switched and Dave went over physical therapy concepts with the professionals and I spoke to the coaches about Sever’s disease and ankle joint mobility.
A young lady (13 year old gymnast) and her coach came up to me and told me that without The X Brace, she would have been done with gymnastics a year ago. She was going to retire at the end of last year, but now, she’s able to get through practice and enjoy the sport she loves.
That was a powerful moment for me, and The X Brace was a great invention that helped so many young athletes Sever’s….but a brace is nothing compared to what Dr. Dave Tilley and I were able to share with the gymnastics professionals this past weekend.
We’re talking about the difference in protecting these young athletes and getting their bodies to be prepared to perform like champions!
Those coaches that came to the seminar this weekend will take the concepts that were presented and we’ll see a whole generation of gymnast’s lives changed. Ones that were on a track of injury, now have the chance to have incredible performance.
And those coaches will have the same opportunity I had this weekend.
Gymnasts will come up to them years from now and thank them for giving them a safe time in gymnastics, with amazing skills and performance, without the crazy injuries that their gymnastics peers experienced.
And that’s why Dave and I are taking the time to travel the country to do this.
It was a great weekend!
Needless to say, this was a packed weekend and each of our attendees went home with things they could implement into the gym tomorrow…which they found exciting.
Here’s my favorite quote from one of our attendees:
I think as coaches, we need to teach gymnastics better than we learned it. We have a responsibility to prepare our athletes for gymnastics effectively, in a way that makes them stronger and keeps them healthy. What Dave and Josh are doing with Gymnastics Revolution is completely supportive of that. The seminar was fantastic!
We’ll be in Rockville, MD June 6th and 7th and San Jose, CA June 13th and 14th.
We want you to come and be apart of the Gymnastics Revolution….don’t miss out on the Revolution!
Thank you also to Tumbl Trak for helping us put this on…James from TT has been one of our biggest supporters over the years!