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In gymnastics there is a saying that “we have no right to put a child up onto any height until we have taught them how to come down and land safely”. This is the first step in creating indestructible children. …
- Landing on your feet
- Landing forward on your hands
- Landing backwards on your hands
- Landings while twisting
By teaching your children how to fall properly now, not only can they PLAY safer this summer, but this lifelong skill may save them from hospital visits later.
Play Gymnastics – Soft landings: Helping keep children safe when falling
We’re often asking kids to land softly. Absorbing the impact force like a cat.
The science is fascinating.
Cats can famously fall from skyscrapers and only suffer the most minor of bruises, including the recent story of a cat surviving a 19-story fall in Boston with only a bruised chest. What’s the secret of this feline survival? …
That post was inspired by an article on BBC – How do cats survive falls from great heights?
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Parkour is super popular with boys right now. This is a great way to get them ‘vaulting’ (SPRING and LANDINGS) in a fun way.
Air inflated mats are the mats of the future.
This kind of accident is the reason we must teach excellent landing and falling skills at gymnastics. … The goal is to reduce the number and severity of injuries in the ‘real’ world.
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The best material on this ESSENTIAL topic was written by Keith Russell from University of Saskatchewan.
Keith’s system for teaching landings can be found in many of his coaching manuals back to 1979. Still on the internet from the 1990s:
… The purpose of teaching Landings is to “make the child indestructible“…Landings are very important life skills which will ensure safe activity, once perfected.
Up Down All Around: Gymnastics Lesson Plans. (Series A, Lesson 1). Ruschkin Publishing, 1994.
Can we teach children to be indestructible on any landings in our facility?
… we can try.
This illustration is from one of his most recent manuals:
Gymnastics Foundations – available from the Gymnastics Canada boutique $75
A presentation by site editor Rick McCharles given at the USA Region 2 Gymnastics Congress, 2005, in Seattle, WA.
The first and best thing we can teach kids is how to land and fall safely.
Click over to Gymnastics Coaching to watch that slide show.
It’s based on material written by Keith Russell from the University of Saskatchewan. That drawing comes from a Canadian education manual.