Why Gymnastics ?
Gymnastics provides many benefits to children’s growth and development. The package of benefits offered by gymnastics participation can enrich and physically educate the lives of its participants in ways that are difficult to achieve through most other activities and sports (Sands, 2003). Participation in gymnastics should be recommended as a positive foundational activity for school-aged children. Some of the studied benefits of participation in gymnastics are:
- enhanced development of fundamental motor patterns
- enhanced flexibility
- enhanced general strength and postural control
- ability to learn to jump, land and fall safely
- enhanced balance
- enhanced aerobic and anaerobic endurance
- unique long-term bone forming and strengthening advantages
- potential for enhanced cognitive benefits
- enhanced Task Mastery orientations
- potential for enhanced skill goal setting, team work and the ability to focus on tasks.
Benefits of gymnastics participation for school age children (Dowdell, 2013)
Why Gymnastics? (Sands, 1999)
Sands, W.A., Caine, D.J. & Borms, J. (2003). Scientific aspects of women’s gymnastics, Basel: Krager
Beyond the Games: Brain & Body pp 6-7 (USA Gymnastics, June 2013)
Blog Post - Everything my daughter needs to know she's learnt from gymnastics
Gymnastics for All (GfA)
Gymnastics for All is a sport for everyBODY, regardless of age, gender or ability. It is the perfect activity to prepare children for long-term participation in sport and develops vital life skills. Many clubs also run Gym for All classes designed especially for adults, which can be the perfect way to get fit and strengthen your body with fun gymnastic skills.
‘Gymnastics is to sport, what the alphabet is to reading’
LaunchPad is the national participation initiative between Gymnastics Australia and the Australian Sports Commission.
The initiative recognises providers of fundamental gymnastics programs under the LaunchPad banner. The initiative is about promoting gymnastics as the “launch pad” into life…into sports, education, health and a happy childhood.
Click on the logo above for more information regarding LaunchPad and how you can get involved!
Here are some examples of other sports that have used gymnastics:
GWS Giants (AFL)
Phoenix Suns (NBA - Basketball)