teaching landing and falling

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