Gymnastics: A Guide for Parents and Athletes

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Masters Press, 1992 - Sports & Recreation - 171 pages
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Cartwheeling across the sofa, swinging from the banister, balancing perfectly on top of the neighbor's porch railing . . . is the next Nadia, Bart, Mary Lou, or Shannon a member of your family? Could be. But how do you find the right program to develop your budding gymnast's abilities? What does it take to be a champion? Rik Feeney, a youth gymnastics coach who has coached in the United States, Australia, and Bermuda, guides the beginning parent and athlete through every stage of a gymnast's career and provides the information needed to fully appreciate and enjoy the sport of gymnastics. This is a book not only for parents and athletes but also for grandparents, brothers, aunts, friends, sports enthusiasts, and anyone else interested in learning more about the exciting sport of gymnastics.

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Contents

Getting Started
1
How Fast Should My Child Progress?
17
Safety In a Gymnastics Program
23
The Basics of Gymnastics
39
Lending a Helping Hand
45
The Importance of Strength and Flexibility
51
To Compete or Not to Compete
59
A Typical Team Workout
73
Mental Gymnastics Training
105
Ive Fallen and I Cant Get Up
113
How to Get a Gymnastics Scholarship to College
131
The Real World and Gymnastics
139
When Its All Over
151
Gymnastics Resource Section
161
Glossary of Terms
165
References
169

Preparing For Competition
81
Judging Scoring and Evaluating a Competition
89
Copyright

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