His hands dusted with chalk and tied in grips, 13-year-old gymnast Armando Visitacion prepared to glide on the high bar during a December 2016 training session. Suddenly, everything went wrong. The grips held onto his hands, but his body swung forward. Both wrists shattered, and Visitacion fell to the mat.
Visitacion’s parents, Nicole and Armando Sr., were relaxing at their Camarillo home when the phone rang. It was their son’s coach, who frantically said, “Armando’s okay, but you need to come get him.” Visitacion’s father rushed to the gym to pick up his son, and immediately took him to the Emergency Room.