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Benefits of Gymnastics in PE
Posted 02/25/2014 09:24AM

Why do we teach gymnastics at SIS in PE? Gymnastics is widely renowned as a sport that can improve overall fitness, strength, balance and body control (Harrell, 2003), as well as helping to improve athletic performance in any other sport.

 

    

 

Teaching gymnastics in PE can benefit an individual throughout their life:
    •    Social interaction and discipline;
    •    Improved cognitive function and concentration; an understanding of physics;
    •    Flexibility, balance and co-ordination;
    •    Numerous health benefits.

Gymnastics and discipline
Gymnastics provides a unique and valuable social education and experience. It provides an ideal opportunity to learn about teamwork, sportsmanship, fair play, and dedication.

Gymnastics and cognitive functioning
Training the body to perform independently allows children the chance to think for themselves, stimulate their imaginations, deal with emotions and to solve problems safely.

Gymnastics and flexibility, balance, co-ordination
Children become better equipped to avoid hazardous situations in other sports or outside sport, by quickly identifying them and naturally correcting body alignment.

Gymnastics and health
Long-term use of weight bearing activities can provide a clear benefit in age-related functional decline and bone loss (Uusi-Rasi, 2005), helping to reduce the risk of osteoporosis.


Esther Wright
ES PE teacher

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