Benefits of Participation in Gymnastics Programs
ALL children benefit from classes and participation in gymnastics. Fitness is critical to the current and future health of our children. Gymnastics classes are full of activities that will make your child more fit and help keep them healthy. Gymnastic programs are not solely about creating gymnasts. Many of the benefits of gymnastics are NOT related to learning gymnastic skills, but more important developmental areas that will help your child become a better student and young adult. The areas listed below are a small sampling of the actual benefits from gymnastics.
Self-Esteem & Confidence
Through the challenge of learning gymnastics skills, the students gain confidence with each step that they take. For the young child, where their world is more physical than mental, a great deal of their self-confidence comes from setting goals and overcoming fears. This improved self-confidence will transfer to other areas of their lives including school. Some parts of gymnastics are very challenging. We can’t just give the gymnastics skills to them, they must be earned. The harder they work, the more they learn. Our teachers promote this by setting attainable challenges with a high success rate. To face a challenge, overcome fear, and then accomplish the goal is a wonderful part of gymnastics classes.
Flexibility and Strength
Participation in gymnastics helps build childrens flexibility and strength. This enhances competency and injury prevention in other sports they participate in.
Especially for the younger ones, gymnastics affords a weekly opportunity to learn about social skills like listening, following directions, taking turns, respecting others, and a lot more. Teachers put a strong emphasis on rule-following, turn-taking and respecting eachother. The more positive discipline the children receive, the safer they will be.