17 July 2015
What is the plastic device on this gymnast's hands?
The photo above was one of the Pictures of the Day in The Telegraph (credit AP Photo/Gregory Bull).
My attention was drawn to the young woman's hands, where strips of plastic are secured along her palms. They would obviously serve to miminize friction when her hands rotate on the bar, but I don't ever remember having seen such a device used during televised Olympic competitions.
Surely some reader out there will have a child in gymnastics training and can clarify for us what these things are called and whether they are training devices or perhaps a new improvement in the sport designed to enhance the health of the athletes.