Gymnastics: "You have to relearn the basics to stop being afraid"

Posted June 27, 2020 at 6:00 a.m.- Updated June 30, 2020 at 12:37 p.m.

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Loss of landmarks, joint pain ...For the gymnasts of the France team, deprived of their apparatus during confinement, the resumption of Insep is done gently to avoid injuries.

Allan climbs on the trampoline, dashes, jumps on the canvas, bounces, legs and arms outstretched.Quickly, the young man gains height, up to eight or nine meters above the ground, and carries out acrobatics.A few meters away, the sound system spits out musical hits: a dozen girls from rhythmic and sports gymnastics (GRS) rehearse their dance movements under the eye and the voice of their choreographer.In the adjacent room, the boys from artistic gymnastics warm up, joined, at a good distance, by their female counterparts.

For the gymnasts of the French team present at the National Institute of Sport, Expertise and Performance (Insep), located in the Bois de Vincennes (Paris), training resumed a month ago The return has been gradual since the first phase of deconfinement for the forty gymnasts and their coaches.

It was done according to a strict health protocol because of the coronavirus: hydroalcoholic gel available in quantity, wearing a mask compulsory for coaches, direction of movement in the rooms to avoid crossings between athletes, devices disinfected after each passage, mats and apparatus marked with the names of the athletes ...The changing rooms remain closed.

"The body and the brain were no longer used"

So many constraints for athletes who must reclaim a space and a work tool of which they were, for the most part, deprived during confinement."We have not found how to train without a device, remarks Christine Blaise, coach.national trampoline.The athletes have lost everything visuo-spatial, contact, pressure on the canvas."

Posted Date: 2020-11-26

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