When fear strikes gymnasts, it hits hard and superficial conscious mind solutions have little effect. The subconscious is both the cause and the solution.
Parents searching for gymnastics programs in rural areas need to check out all of the possibilities available to them before making a decision.
Self-taught gymnastics is a bad idea, because early habits are the basis for all future gymnastics. Get the best instruction possible from the beginning.
Dowel grips are not a problem, but really strong and flexible gymnasts should be fast tracked in a TOPs or similar program.
Permanent gymnastics facilities are almost always superior to facilities where equipment is set up and taken down for both equipment and coaching .
At some time in the future, every gymnast will want to look back, remember and show their friends, family and children their gymnastics career.