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Preface Contributor: Carrie Spender
This blog came across my desk more than a week ago and I have not been able to stop thinking about it since. The author, Kimberly Ransom, tells the story of her community, shattered by the death of a beloved staff member and her reflections on how to support black athletes and families in your gym.
By Gina Pongetti, PT, MA, CSCS, Art-Cert
We are all so proud of how gymnastics has come together in this crisis, including sharing so much information on how to return safely and how to keep busy while home! While so many are concerned about the cleanliness and contagious, which is the most important, making sure our athletes’ physical and mental health is taken care of is also a priority- as we are all excited to start following our dreams again!
Sheri Ireland-Berk, PT
The frantic, frenzied family scramble to scoop up the kids from school and race to soccer practice, dance class, scout meetings, and after school activities came to a screeching halt when the Coronovirus forced the world to stay at home and shelter in. For families of children with many kinds of disabilities this “stay home” order threatened to keep them from getting critical services like physical, occupation, and speech therapy.
Tired of Netflix yet? Get up and MOVE! Check out these grown-up fitness challenges that can be done on a home training bar, or balance beam safely at home.
What most will never know is that Julie broke her hip when she was 2 ½ in a beginning gymnastics class. She was swinging from a small trapeze bar about five feet off the ground. The goal was to swing and land into a foam pit. She let go early and landed on a wedge mat. The landing angle of the fall was devastating. Julie let out one scream and grabbed her leg. Not seeing anything abnormal but visually she was hurting, we rushed Julie to the local children’s hospital emergency room.
The past few mornings I’ve woken up and in that moment of awakening I experience 3 seconds of forgetting about the chaos in the world. Maybe you’ve had the same feeling.
As the day unfolds I find myself thinking, obsessing, worrying
This. Is. Hard.
The Tumbl Trak Team has been hard at work, focusing on what we do best - provide safe, high quality equipment and education to athletes and coaches, which suddenly feels like it’s NOT ENOUGH. What else can we do? Is it possible to help an entire country care for athletes who find themselves at home, missing friends, missing their coaches, feeling unsettled and unsure?