Coaching Gymnastics. How to teach, The History and so on

Essay by PainInTheRearHigh School, 12th gradeA, October 2006

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Gymnastics creates joy through motion and whether one teaches, coaches, or participates in this sport. As one prepares their self for teaching or coaching gymnastics, one must know how to spot efficiently, pinpoint errors in skills, warm up, condition, and cool down the gymnast. One must have also have a clear knowledge of the sport, gymnastics, such as its history, the types of gymnastics, skills and excreta. The potential for serious injury is greater in any sport that involves the height, momentum and body positions that are characteristics of gymnastics than it is in other sports. To many injuries occur because the teacher or coach fails to think safety. Gymnastics itself is not unsafe, it is the system of participation rather than the sport that can make it unsafe.

High-Beam Encyclopedia describes gymnastics as "exercises for the balanced development of the body or the competitive sport derived from these exercises".

However the ancient Greeks (Who invented the building we call a gymnasium) and Romans practiced gymnastics, the modern exercises as we know them date back from the early nineteenth century, when, a German man by the name of, Federick Jahn popularized what he called Turnverins, an organization of "turners". Although Jahn's system, which used more apparatus than modern gymnastics, enjoyed brief popularity in several U.S. cities. IT was not until the twentieth century, that gymnastics became widespread in America. Its eventual success came after their adoption for military training, their placement on the program of the revived Olympic Games (1896), and the bringing together of physical education in the school curriculum. Up until 1972, gymnastics for men emphasized power and strength, while women performed routines focused on the gracefulness of their movements. All of that is only a segment of the whole picture.

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