When is it time to replace your gymnastics grips? In this video we look at examples of grips that need to be replaced. The leather surface of a grip over time can become worn down and very thin. This can result in the leather ripping. One of the most common examples is the rip on the side of the grip. Here is an example of the leather weakening enough for it rot and form a hole in the leather. These two examples are due in part to the spraying of water on the grip surface, which is a very common (but not recommended!) practice.
The next few clips are examples of the grip being too long. With these grips the gymnast can fully extend her hand and fingers. The grip may also be so long that the grip slides off the fingers. Here we see the grip laying off to the side of the gymnasts palm instead of the center. This can cause the dowel to slide to the side while the gymnast is hanging and swinging on the bar. These examples can cause the grip to lock around the bar, increasing the chance for injury.
As you can see with these next two examples, the stitching between the grip and strap or at the dowel can come loose over time due to the pulling and stretching of the grips during use. Tears in the Velcro can also occur from the pulling and tightening of the straps. The Velcro on the straps can become layered with fuzz and foam, decreasing the binding and effectiveness of the Velcro.
Regularly check your grips for signs of weakness and make sure you always have a back up pair of grips. To order new grips, go to http://www.american-gymnast.com/shop/Gymnastics-Grips-C3.aspx.
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