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  • Rick Mc 8:12 am on February 25, 2015 Permalink | Reply  

    Sports for Preschoolers 

    Which sports?

    The Health Outcomes and Physical activity in Preschoolers (HOPP) Study at McMaster University (Canada) asked parents of 3- to 5-year-olds about sport participation.

    87% of parents reported participation in organized activities in the last month and 90% in the last year. The sports most often reported were: swimming (79%), soccer (48%), gymnastics (40%), dance (30%), ice hockey (21%), and T-ball (9%). …

    CBC

    SWIM – swimming (79%)
    RUN – soccer (48%)
    GYM – gymnastics (40%)

    Elite Gymnastics and Cheer

    Gymnastics and Trampoline are as important as running and swimming for very young children. We teach Motor and Physical Fitness better than any other sport.

    What can parents do?

    Be a positive sports role model!
    Emphasize the fun of sports!
    Don’t focus on the rules, keeping score or competition in the early years.
    Be sure the sports program and equipment are safe and age-appropriate.
    Be supportive of your child’s coach and teammates.

     
  • Rick Mc 3:03 am on February 10, 2015 Permalink | Reply  

    getting kids to be more physically active 

    Scientific American:

    Kids should exercise at least one hour a day, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. But in the U.S., less than half of six- to 11-year-olds and only 8 percent of 12- to 19-year-olds meet that target. …

    Over in Denmark, a longitudinal study of how schoolchildren move through urban environments provided an opportunity to find out by outfitting hundreds of students with accelerometers and GPS trackers during their waking hours. …

    The researchers found that children were significantly more active when playing on grassy areas and at sites featuring playground equipment. …

    … in all five areas studied, girls spent more time being sedentary than boys. …

    Playgrounds Are Not All Created Equally

    Gymnastics Adventure, Regina

    Gymnastics Adventure, Regina

    Our Gyms are padded playgrounds, the perfect environment for children’s fitness. :-)

     
  • Rick Mc 3:03 am on February 8, 2015 Permalink | Reply  

    box handstand 

    The last thing you want to do with your beginners is SPOT their handstands.

    Here’s a good drill linked by Swing Big for those who are already excellent balancing against the wall. :-)

    Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

    Reminder – NEVER videotape any skill with the camera vertical. Move further backwards and video with the camera in the normal position.

     
  • Rick Mc 3:03 am on January 26, 2015 Permalink | Reply  

    Beth Tweddle on children’s fitness 

    Starting out at the age of seven, Beth went on to become an Olympic Bronze Medalist, triple World Champion, six-time European Champion, Commonwealth Champion and seven-times consecutive National Champion, cementing her place as Britain’s greatest ever-female gymnast.

    Although memories of Beth taking the Bronze in the Uneven Bars at London 2012 – the culmination of an incredible career – will not be forgotten anytime soon, sharing a fierce passion for gymnastics with future generations has become her new focus.

    So how can parents encourage their kids to exercise?

    By making it fun for the child and getting involved themselves. If they feel involved and interested, I think they are more likely to encourage their children to keep going with it or try something new. …

    What’s more important for kids starting out in sport, fun or desire?

    I think it has to be fun! Without the fun element they are less likely to continue

    Olympic medallist Beth Tweddle on getting kids active and ‘her’ sport

    Click through to learn more about this fitness watch called the LeapBand.

    Beth LeapBand

    related – National Team member Dan Keatings is visiting U.K. schools to promote fitness, sport and healthy living.

    (via FIG)

     
  • Rick Mc 3:03 am on January 21, 2015 Permalink | Reply  

    Bringing the Playground Indoors 

    playgroundSome good ideas from Tumbl Talk. :-)

    A winter indoors tends to limit children’s gross motor play, which is SO very crucial to their overall development. Here are some creative and budget-friendly ways to bring the playground indoors this winter season. …

    Bringing the Playground Indoors this Winter Season

     
  • Rick Mc 3:03 am on January 7, 2015 Permalink | Reply  

    what is physical literacy? 

    JIM GROVE:

    Physical literacy is what kids have when they acquire the essential motor competencies and movement skills to do lots of different sports and physical activities. Kids aren’t just born with it. They develop it over time just like reading and writing. And with competency comes the confidence to move more. …

    To develop physical literacy, our kids need lots of opportunities to play active games and learn movement skills. They need regular unstructured play when they are small, and they need increasingly structured activities as they get older …

    It doesn’t matter whether or not our kids choose to chase an Olympic dream. That’s a decision for them to make. But we should be delighted if they grow comfortable enough in their bodies to stay active, happy, and healthy throughout their lives. …

    The one crucial thing missing from your kid’s education: physical literacy

    physical literacy

    (via @GymnasticsBC)

     
  • Rick Mc 8:06 am on November 21, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    50 benefits of gymnastics 

    Jag Gym:

    1. Gymnastics is the basis for all sports
    2. Gymnastics develops a life long love and ability for fitness
    3. Gymnastics makes kids strong
    4. Gymnastics makes kids flexible
    5. Gymnastics develops coordination.

    50 THINGS THAT EVERYONE CAN BENEFIT FROM BY BEING A GYMNAST

    Click through to read the rest.

    6260 Big Kids pick up Little Kids

     
  • Rick Mc 11:26 pm on October 13, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    special needs gymnastics 

    Tumbl Trak has spent a lot of energy researching best equipment for special needs kids. Soft, safe, rounded edges.

    This is one heartwarming edit. :-)

    Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

     
    • Krista Thompson 9:52 am on October 15, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Awesome. From personal experience, seeing your children with developmental or other difficulties overcome these through gymnastics and translate those ‘wins’ to other areas of their life is incomparable and unquantifiable – priceless.

      Like

  • Rick Mc 3:03 am on October 3, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    why preschoolers should do Gymnastics 

    Jag Gym:

    What if Johnny never learns a cartwheel? Or how about if Janie never masters holding a handstand? Would there still be any value in putting your preschooler in a gymnastics class?

    Yes, I say.

    Absolutely, yes.

    In addition to it being a lot of fun, here are twenty reasons your preschool aged child should do gymnastics that have nothing to do with learning gymnastics. …

    straddle sit

    20 REASONS YOUR PRESCHOOLER SHOULD DO GYMNASTICS (THAT HAVE NOTHING TO DO WITH LEARNING GYMNASTICS)

     
  • Rick Mc 3:03 am on September 16, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    88yr-old gymnast Johanna Quaas 

    JQ

    (via Gymnastics Coaching)

     
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