Gymnastics is a great sport for a number of reasons. Check out some articles that can give you plenty of reasons why.
By David Benzel
Here are some tips about avoiding defense conversations with your athlete.
Gymnastics provides a fun and safe activity that gets kids physically active. Not only does the sport provide a good, solid fitness foundation, gymnastics also provides many other benefits, from socialization skills to life skills to basics that can enhance performance in other
Gymnastics not only increases strength, grace and flexibility, but also encourages hard work, discipline and determination.
By Michael A. Taylor
Signing a child up for a Gymnastics class is a major first step toward a healthy lifestyle. What happens then? Research strongly suggests that parents play the largest role in influencing the development and healthy socialization of their children involved in sports.
By Mike Peal
I’m a gym dad. Been one for about seven years and I’m finally beginning to catch on to the “gym lingo.” I now hear real words instead of grunts and groans followed by hand signals and head shaking from the coach.
By Nancy Marshall
A personal story about the effects of gymnastics.
By Julie Cross, Recreational Gymnastics Program Director for the Champaign County YMCA
By Eleska Aubespin – Florida Today
You’re never too young to exercise. Yet, with a growing industry of gadgets and toys that can occupy baby’s time, parents might be missing that point.
By Samantha Critchell – Associated Press Writer
The importance of warming up before exercise. Even for children.
By Hilary Shenfeld – Daily Herald Staff Writer
According to the National Association for Sport and Physical Education, babies, toddlers and preschoolers need to spend up to two hours every day in active pursuits.
By Jeannie McCarthy
In general, a child will benefit by their involvement in gymnastics regardless of the age that they begin! The magic is that they experience challenges and new skills as they mature. A 3 year old student’s pride in being able to walk on a two foot high beam is as much a milestone as the 5 year old who learns a one-armed cartwheel.
By John Casey – WebMD Feature
Regular exercise causes the kind of development that may be critical for health in later life. Infancy and the toddler years are the time that the brain is developing pathways and connections to the muscles.
By David Benzel
By Dr. Alison Arnold
2013–2014 is an exciting time for USA Gymnastics! Every eight years USA Gymnastics Women’s Junior Olympic Program Committee creates new routines for the Junior Olympic levels. That means, new skills, dance, and the best part of all…new music! With all the changes this year, USA Gymnastics is also implementing a new numbering system for the levels.
Active kids are more likely to remain lean and healthy during their youth and inactive adolescents are more likely to become adults who do not exercise, according to new results on tracking of physical activity behaviors in children to help predict the physical activity and fitness levels of adults.
Climbing the Pyramid or Just Hanging on the Plate? What’s the Difference?
Reproduced with permission from Dr. Andrew Weil’s Self Healing newsletter
With record numbers of us tipping the scales in the overweight range, problems previously seen in middle-age or beyond are now occurring in young people: There’s been nearly a tenfold increase in type 2 diabetes among children and teens since the 1980s, once so rare in youngsters the condition was called adult-onset diabetes.
Supporting the notion that weight-bearing exercise throughout life can cut the risk of brittle bones later on, a small study shows that young female gymnasts build bone mass at a higher-than-average rate.
By David Benzel
Is it your aspiration that your child be famous? Do you have an athlete whose goal is fame – the kind we see on TV in professional sports? Perhaps it’s not too soon to teach a healthy perspective on the topic to avoid the overwhelming odds of misery down the road.
Compiled by Bobbie Cesarek, Ed.D. – President, National Association of Collegiate Gymnastics Coaches/Women
By Linda Marsa – Family Circle Magazine
Extensive research shows that girls who are involved in athletics boost their self-esteem; improve their physical fitness; do better academically; are less likely to drop out of school, do drugs, smoke or get pregnant; and are more able to weather the physical and emotional storms of adolescence.