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

    Backyard Trampolines NOT recommended 

    Parents should send their children to qualified instructors in safe facilities.

    … American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) “strongly discourages” the use of home trampolines.

    Sure, while the majority of injuries are sprained ankles, an annoying but relatively benign injury, almost 30 percent were broken bones or dislocations and about 10 to 17 percent are injuries that involve heads and necks. …


    home trampoline

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



    1. My child isn’t very coordinated so she should not do gymnastics.

    7. I have a son, and gymnastics is a girls’ sport.

    9. My child is too old to start gymnastics.

    Click through to see the rest.

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  • Rick Mc 3:03 am on November 6, 2015 Permalink | Reply  

    stretching & conditioning at home 

    Have you seen this energetic 9yr-old gymnast from Norco, California?

    15,932 subscribers – coming up on 2 million views.

    Though her page is called Hunter in the Gym, most of her videos are set in a home gym. Parents need be attentive, needless to say. :-)

    Click PLAY or watch a sample on YouTube.

  • Rick Mc 3:03 am on October 20, 2015 Permalink | Reply  

    risk essential to childhood development 

    “Risky play, involving perhaps rough and tumble, height, speed, playing near potentially dangerous elements such as water, cliffs and exploring alone with the possibility of getting lost, gives children a feeling of thrill and excitement.”

    Risk is an essential component of a balanced childhood. Exposure to healthy risk, particularly physical, enables children to experience fear, and learn the strengths and limitations of their own body. …

    Risk is essential to childhood – as are scrapes, grazes, falls and panic

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    Kids should learn their limits, make their mistakes, in a supervised, padded playroom. Not on a bike or jumping from a garage roof.

  • Rick Mc 3:03 am on October 12, 2015 Permalink | Reply  

    benefits of Gymnastics training 

    Los Angeles School of Gymnastics

    Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

  • Rick Mc 3:04 am on April 15, 2015 Permalink | Reply  

    Calgary Gymnastics Centre promo video 

    I’ve spent a fair bit of time at this club over the past 3 years. With 5000+ members / year, they’re doing a terrific job. :-)

    Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

    Here’s a happy parent with 3 children in their programs.

    Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

  • Rick Mc 10:20 am on March 13, 2015 Permalink | Reply  

    more boys doing Gymnastics in Great Britain 

    Beth Tweddle:

    Britain’s most decorated gymnast has seen a surge in her sport’s popularity. It’s just not what one might expect.

    “We always say ‘get more women in sport’ but actually in gymnastics it’s more boys into the sport,” she told MM.

    “There are plenty of boys joining in, and the fact now that they’ve got role models on the international stage like Louis Smith and Max Whitlock, that really helps because parents now also think that gymnastics is for boys as well. …



  • 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%). …


    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 January 29, 2015 Permalink | Reply  

    ban tobogganing – it’s too DANGEROUS 

    Reposted by Rick McCharles from GymnasticsCoaching.com

    My home town Calgary is not quite as stupid as, for example, Hamilton. :-)

    But we’re pretty stupid. Socialist nations like Canada have governments with enough spare time to invent city bylaws like: “those who slide outside the city’s 18 approved hills could face a $100 fine”.

    Calgary’s media has made much ado about the city’s tobogganing rules in recent weeks — to the point where Mayor Naheed Nenshi blamed “bored journalists” trying to stir up controversy.

    Now Rick Mercer has taken it upon himself to poke a bit of fun at (the) bylaw ..

    (For the record, the city does not recall ever giving out a tobogganing fine. Ever.)


    Click PLAY or watch comedian Rick Mercer on YouTube.

    Certainly no Calgarian I know pays any attention to tobogganing restrictions. We slide wherever we want. But with one eye out in case a Toboggan Cop shows up. :-)

    related – Tobogganing Bans Or Restrictions Growing Across North America

    Over protective restrictions on youth activity contribute to child obesity. We want kids tobogganing more, not less.

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