Noticed that thick layer of leather on the gymnast’s hands? They are called gymnastics grips. While grips are not used by all gymnasts, many do, to protect their hands.
If you want your hands to be free from a mass of flaky, chapped skin, you need grips. You need this to avoid all those cuts and holes in palms. Read on and see how so.
Importance of Grips
Grips, from the name itself, can literally help for a better grip. It makes it easier for gymnasts to perform without worrying about rips, tears, calluses, and blisters. Athletes have to wear it when performing on various apparatus to simply enhance grip ability and reduce friction.
With grips, you don’t have to worry with:
A grip is made up of a wide leather strip with a wrist strap. It is used to cover and protect the palm of the hand and commonly has finger holes at the end. Others use sports tape or gauze, and powdered chalk as an alternative to grips to avoid slipping.
Different Types of Grips
Grips are all about safety and performance. Here are the types worth considering.
Dowel grips simply have dowel rods.
The rods can be:
It is used to help create a pocket in the leather in order for the bar or rail to fit. Grips with a dowel allow gymnasts to hold onto equipment stronger while performing those gravity-defying feats.
On the other hand, non-dowel grips come without dowel rods. This can be the less expensive type and is usually made of thinner leather. Since it provides no mechanical advantage for gripping, it is best used for practice or recreational gymnastics. You can never perform at your best if your hands are hurt. Whether you’re an expert or it is your first time performing, you need grips. Your hands really need it!