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In gymnastics, hand rips from gripping bars are common and repairable. Did you know they are, in many cases avoidable? I will give you tips on how to avoid grip rips. I will also explain how to repair and treat them if you do get these hand rips.
Grip rips are part of being a gymnast, but it is important to keep them minimal. Tender loving care will help or possibly prevent these painful hand rips. I want to help you avoid ripping those callused hands. It not only causes pain, but can hinder a performance.
Calluses are the hardened or thickened parts of the skin. They are to help protect the area where there is a lot of friction. Calluses are located at the top of the palms and sometimes in the middle of the inside of the hand. The more friction that occurs, the deeper the calluses. If the calluses get too thick, then rips can occur. It is important to avoid hand rips by maintaining proper care.
In gymnastics before you see a gymnast start her bar routine, she will rub chalk on her hands. This helps decrease the friction, but it also dries out the hands.
The best way to a gymnast can care for her calluses is by shaving them down. Many stores sell callus razors. Pumice stones may also be used. I have even heard of people using podiatric sanders as well. Anything that helps grind down or shave the unwanted layers of the calluses. Do not shave the calluses down too far. In gymnastics, these calluses are a must have, just don’t let them get too thick. Groom them every week to avoid hand rips. Shaving the layers of a callus will keep excess skin from growing. Also, use a good skin moisturizer. Before bed is a must, Bag Balm is my favorite. Although it moisturizes, it also seems to heal the skin. It is usually found at your local hardware, farm, or drug store.
In gymnastics it is important to take care of a hand rip properly and as soon as possible. It must first be cleaned out with an antibacterial type product to keep the wound from getting infected. I recommend using an antibiotic suave just before covering up the wound. There are H shaped bandages that may be used if your gymnastics facility has them in their first aid box. If not, I recommend wrapping gauze and tape around the hand. This is a sure way to keep the wound protected. Wrapping the hand will also help the gymnast to go on with her bar workout. Also, be sure to cut a couple pieces of tape and adhere them from the bandage inside of hand, through the fingers, and attach it to the back of the bandage. Keep the wound covered for 4-5 days. If it is not healed, repeat this process and try to avoid too much friction until it heals.
One gymnastics skill that every gymnast will have to learn at one point or another is a backwards roll. Many people wouldn’t think of a backwards roll as an important skill but believe me, it is! A backward roll is the foundation of many different skills such as: backward roll to pike, backward roll to pushup, back extension roll, back tuck, double backs, etc. Make sure you learn and practice your backward roll the correct way. Correct technique in a backward roll is very vital because it is the base of so many important and required gymnastics skills. Here is the step by step instructions on doing a correct backwards roll, hope this helps!
- Squat down with your legs and feet together.
- Bend your arms and place your hands right next to your ears with your palms facing the ceiling and your fingers facing backwards.
- Tuck your chin to your chest
- Round your back like a cat
- Lean backwards and roll
- Once your hands meet the ground make your arms straight and push off the floor.
- Land on your feet in either a pike or a squat (do not land on your knees)
Many times gymnastics coaches use an incline gymnastics mat or wedge mat to teach a backward roll. It gives the gymnasts a little more momentum.
When spotting a gymnast on backward rolls you want to lift their hips so they don’t hurt their neck.
Before you introduce the backward roll to your gymnast you should try starting them out with a gymnastics drill. For this backward roll drill you should start just like normal but once you roll you should squash your hands against the floor and then re-roll forward. This is kinda like a candle stick but with bent knees and arms. Each time your gymnast tries this drill encourage them to push off their hands more and more.
Mistakes in a Backward Roll
The most common mistakes gymnasts make is arching and throwing their head and shoulders backward. When doing a backward roll you must round your back like a cat.
The second most common mistake I see kids make is not pushing off their hands. If they don’t push off their hands they usually hurt their neck and never make it over. Usually they go back and fall over to the side.
Here is a video to help you understand the gymnastics backward roll even more!
I have wrote many articles explaining how gymnastics pits are very helpful and a great training tool for all gymnasts. This is very true but like always, with every good thing comes a negative aspect or a downfall.
The benefits of a gymnastics foam pit greatly outweigh the downfalls, but as a coach I must warn people about each and every downfall.
First, the gymnastics foam pit is very forgiving and may teach kids to use bad form and technique. When gymnasts do skills in the foam pit they usually forget all about straight legs, pointed toes and correct form. They get so caught up in doing the skill into the pit that they forget about all the technique required to do it on the ground.
Second, it can give a gymnast a false sense of accomplishment. Time after time I have asked my gymnast if they can to do a specific skill and they say yes. But they leave out that they have only done it into the pit! Many gymnast think if they can do a skill into pit than they have that skill. This is not true!! This thought can be very dangerous. I cannot stress enough, just because you can do a skill into a gymnastics foam pit does not mean you can do it on the spring floor.
Third, the foam pit can cause many injuries. Every gymnast should watch how they land in the pit. Landing feet first can cause an ankle to roll or knee to buckle. Landing headfirst can cause neck and back injuries. Landing on your belly can also cause back and neck injuries. When tumbling into the pit make sure you don’t land short or undercut, this could make you land on the pit edge. If you tumble to far you could also land on the pit edge. I have seen several gymnasts knee themselves in their face when landing in the pit, so be careful.
Last but not least, foam pit dust may get in the gymnasts eyes. This can cause a great amount of irritation.
Gymnastics is a great sport for people of all ages. No matter how young or old you may be, gymnastics will benefit your life in one way or another. Those that aren’t very skilled or have no interest in gymnastics competitions can join a recreational gymnastics program.
A good recreational gymnastics program should be designed to accommodate and teach children of all ages and skill level. It should help each and every gymnast build strength, flexibility, agility, coordination, fitness, balance, confidence, special awareness, etc. Along with teaching them the basics gymnastics skills to more advance skills.
All of this should be taught in a fun and safe atmosphere by including games and activities into the USAG based gymnastics program.
The recreational gymnastics program is designed to be a fun and challenging program that will enhance the participants athletic ability. The newly enhanced physical attributes will help each person become a better athlete no matter what sport they choose to play.
Recreational gymnastics is designed for kids that want to learn basic gymnastics skills, stay fit, build strength and flexibility but don’t want to commit to long hours in the gym or partake in competitions.
Children of any age and skill level can participate in a recreational gymnastics program. Most rec gymnastics programs are built around USAG recommendations and standards. USAG require each gymnastics coach and business owner to become members and go through a safety training course and test. This is very important and helps decrease the chance of injury to your child.
Recreational gymnastics programs are usually categorizes by both, age and skill level. Mommy and me class, preschool and kindergarten are all designed for specific ages. Mommy and me class is for children usually 18 months to 3 years old, preschool class is for 3 to 5 year olds and kindergarten class is designed for 5 and 6 year olds. All the rest of the recgymnastics classes are based on gymnastics skills. The classes are arranged as followed: beginner, advance beginner, intermediate, level 1, level 2… so on and so forth. A gymnast must master all the skills in their gymnastics level before they get to move up to the next level.
Recreational gymnasts get to use the floor exercise, balance beam, uneven bars, vault, pit, and trampoline. They also get to use many types of mats that aide in the learning of specific gymnastics skills. There is some equipment in a gymnastics academy that recgymnast do not get to us. They usually don’t get use high bar, strap bar, harnesses, etc.
Most rec gymnasts take gymnastics classes 1 to 2 times a week and each class is usually about an hour long. Every rec class starts with a warm up and usually ends with conditioning.