You may have seen that we have a FREE eBook on the website (here), I thought I'd also share that useful information within our blogs.
Chapter 6 is called: "How Do I Know When I Need New Guards?
(You can read the previous chapter here)
Coaches should regularly check all gymnast’s personal equipment. It is particularly important for the coach to check that handguards do not show signs of deterioration, such as stretching, tearing or wear.
Gymnasts should remember to ask their Coach if they feel they haven't been checked for a while, or if they notice anything that is different or concerning about their equipment. Kit might not look damaged and faulty straight away, but even a very small issue can turn into a potentially dangerous issue while in use. Far better to be safe than sorry.
If grips become smooth, it could cause them to
slip on the bar, so this also requires monitoring regularly. A "
can be used gently on the surface of the leather, if and when the leather
surface becomes smooth, to add new texture.
You can read the previous chapter of this guide on handguards here: "Which is the Best Fastening For Me - Velcro or Buckle?"
The next Chapter is here: "How Should I Care For My Handguards?"
Thanks for reading,