Why Gymnastics

Gymnastics is a fast paced high-energy sport that is growing by leaps and bounds all across the country. From tiny tots to competitive team, gymnastics is getting children up off the couch and away from the computer. Motor skill development can help to boost self-confidence and self esteem through wholesome and fun gymnastic training. A child who participates in activities that move large muscles and put pressure on the joints this is call heavy work. This heavy work describes the types of movement that help children to focus. Hanging, flipping, jumping, leaping, hopping are focus skills.

This will help a child to improve in so many areas. Including posture, writing and hand eye coordination. In addition, rolling helps children with balance and inner ear stability which promote audio, visual and tactile input showing marked improvement. Spatial awareness and body awareness come through connecting movement help to wire the brain for success in subjects like math!

Flexibility, strength and balance are key in this sport. Any child of any age can benefit from healthy body awareness through gymnastics. Gymnasts are among the strongest pound for pound of all athletes. Gymnasts are strong in what is termed “relative strength”, by being able to use flexibility with strength. The highest peak of that strength is demonstrated by the arms supporting the body with in power tumbling, swinging on the bars or by simply doing a correct handstand. With the characteristics of strength, flexibility and balance, the gymnast tends to develop upper body strength more than many other sports. Not to mention the powerful leg strength they develop from learning tumbling skills. They are considered to be the most flexible of all athletes. This is due to the fact that gymnasts must attain certain specific body positions in order to accomplish a specific skill.

Flexibility separates other sports from gymnastics. It is believed that flexibility coupled with strength can be an effective aid to the reduction of injuries and even injury prevention. Gymnasts develop superior control of both static and dynamic balance resulting from such events as balance beam for women and pommel horse for men. The gymnast learns to fall with out injury. Because gymnastics is practiced and performed on mats, in foam pits, and on foam padded spring floors injuries are kept to a minimum.

Gymnasts tend to do well in school because they learn early that concentration and hard work with focus are what get the best results. Along with this they learn fundamental skills that require patience, dedication and perseverance. Gymnastics helps children to learn that they must work hard to achieve their goals. They acquire the ability to focus on activities and skills while blocking out what is going on around them by learning to concentrate in what is generally a noisy gym.

At the most fundamental level of gymnastics, children learn motor skill development, hand eye coordination and body awareness. They build upper and lower body strength, as well as developing increased self esteem and confidence even in children as young as 18 months. Aside from the obvious health and well being things that gymnastics can do, it is a great place for a child to develop social skills in a healthy, wholesome environment. Girls who are on competitive team spend between 12 and 20 hours per week in the gym. This leaves them little time for getting into trouble, with drugs, teen pregnancies, sitting on the computer, watching TV, or just developing bad relationship.

Gymnastics combats childhood obesity. Girls who go to other sports from gymnastics are great achievers. They excel academically. Every girl on our girl’s competitive team is on the honor roll at her school.