So they can be dangerous but there’s no way to avoid it basically because at some point they HAVE to wear them? My husband and I were reading over this last night and saying “What on earth have we gotten ourselves into?”
Dont worry. Like @sce
said, once she is ready for them, her coaches and teammates will help her (and she will kinda be able to tell if they start wearing out). None of the girls on our team have ever worn out a pair of grips, but heavier girls who are swinging a lot of BIG bar skills will need to replace them more than smaller girls nt doing a lot of big skills.
Our coach doesnt even suggest grips until they are training clear hip circles... and for some girls, not even then. We had one girl wait until Level 8 to get grips. Of course, other girls get grips in Level 4 ... and we have a few Xcel Golds and Level 3s that have palm grips, but none of them get dowel grips.
using grips several times over the years. After she got her kip, she wanted them before the start of Old Level 5. We got them for her. She tried to use them for 1 -2 months for parts of bars practice and gave up. Then, in Old Level 6, she wanted to try again... her old ones were too small, so I bought new ones. She only tried the new ones for a couple weeks before she decided THEY were too big and too stiff, so I bought ANOTHER pair. She tried those for about a month before she had to stop "to get ready for competition season" promising to "go back to them when the season was over." She took time off after the season and when she came back, she was competing Xcel Gold and "didnt have enough time" to get used to them before competition. Then, she decided after 2 years of Gold that she just didnt like the dowels, so she wanted to try pre-dowel grips (same size as dowel grips, but no dowel ... NOT palm grips), so I got her those. She used them until she took time off again and again when she came back, she tried them for a couple months. Then she was Level 6. She decided she SHOULD be using dowel grips. She started out with using the biggest of the ones I had previously bought her and they fit, but she was never able to get them broken in, so I got her a brand that was easier to break in. She used them in practices, but once it got close to competition time, she wasnt ready to compete in them, so she stopped. She resumed at the end of the season, planning to be prepared to compete in them a few months later... but she is on another break.
YG has palm grips. She used them in practice for 4 months. She hated them. She has tried both pre-dowel and dowel grips (her sister's old ones that fit her) and she couldnt do ANYTHING in them. She plans to eventually go back to the palm grips because "the Level 5s overchalk the bars" and it hurts her hands.