Gymnastics failed its fitness test and is facing a national backlash after its gymnastics performance failed to earn an A+ rating in a national health assessment.
The International Association of Gymnastic Fitness and Conditioning (IAGGC) released the results of its health assessment in April 2018, after an initial assessment in February 2018.
The report found that gymnastics was in a low-risk category in that it was assessed as an “acceptable level of risk” by the IAGC, which is responsible for overseeing national fitness tests.
It is expected to be the first time the IACG has published its results for a sport.
According to the Iagggc, gymnastics scores were:A- to C- in terms of risk for injuryA– to B- in its overall fitness scoreA- or above in terms and quality of supportA- and above in the ability to lift weights and/or jumpHigh or above for both strength and flexibility.
Gymnastics has had to address the issue in the past, with the IGC awarding the sport an “A+” rating in 2015, but a score of D or worse in 2018.
The A- rating comes from the IACC, which reviews and assesses fitness and health of athletes worldwide, and was based on the results from two different tests: one of the three types of testing available at the time, the biomechanical tests, and the others, such as the vertical jump and the pull-up.
Gymmastics has been criticised by a number of sports, including rugby union and football, for failing to do enough to address these issues.
Its scores on the biomechs and vertical jump were not well-known at the times, and were not a part of its national health evaluation.
The report has also been criticised for failing gymnasts to be as fit as their peers, with a lower number of injuries in general.
In 2016, the IAAF released a report saying that the average gymnast was injured every 10 minutes compared to the average American male athlete.
The IAGG said gymnastics has made strides in tackling the issue, but that it needs to make more inroads in the next two years to be seen as a “high-performance sport”.”IAGG is very disappointed that we have not been able to meet our national fitness standard of A+ to C,” the Iaggc said.
“We are working to ensure that we meet our health and fitness goals for our athletes in order to make our sport and our community better.”
A spokesperson for the International Association for Gymnathlon, a governing body for gymnastics in the US, said that the IATG will be conducting an independent review of the report.
“The IATOG will assess the full scope of gymnastics’ failure to meet its health and wellness goals and work with our sport to address its weaknesses,” the spokesperson said.
“Gymnasium will continue to be a place where gymnasts can develop their full potential.”