Saturday, February 16, 2008
In 10 years of coaching gymnastics I have been whacked a few times, but yesterday took the cake! When it happened I was coaching the older team girls on floor. One gymnast had been learning a new tumbling pass on the tumble track (trampoline strip) and was good enough to do it on the floor onto a mat but she was scared to go and asked me to spot her. She was doing a front-handspring, front tuck. Gymnasts are now required to do one front tumbling pass on floor. Anyway, she went for it and instead of setting with her arms up she threw them out to the side and I got a good punch. Just one of those freak accidents. I definitely saw stars and had to sit down for a little while with a bag of frozen peas on my eye. (We keep those in a freezer at the gym for these occasions.) I have re-played it in my mind and wondered if there was anything I could have done differently besides just having her go by herself onto the mat. My boss jokingly said "next time, duck." 11 stitches later from a plastic surgeon on call, (hopefully the scar wont be too terrible.) I felt kind of like I had been in a boxing match and wondered why anyone would honestly want to be a boxer. Here are the before and afters.