If your child is just entering gymnastics, or any sport for that matter, congratulations. They are on a journey that has the potential to change their lives. But, according to the coaches of Everest Gymnastics, there are sacrifices that go along with the dedication required to excel in athletics. Here are three things you should know, especially if your child shows potential in their preferred sport:
- Your child will get hurt.
While significant injuries are rare, children who participate in advanced athletics, including gymnastics, will get hurt at some point. Sprains, strains, and even broken bones are not unusual, particularly in older students who wish to push themselves harder and farther. It is also not unusual for young athletes to internalize the pain, never mentioning it to their coaches or parents. As a parent, it is your job not to lecture your child on injuries received but to support them through recovery. Continue reading
Gymnastics as a competitive sport requires dedication, long hours of training, and a certain level of natural talent. However, as Everest Gymnastics explains in the following brief Q&A, there are a lot of misconceptions when it comes to recreational gymnastics.
Q: Is it true that you have to be a natural athlete to enjoy gymnastics?
Everest Gymnastics: You can enjoy gymnastics no matter how fit you may be. As long as you are physically able to perform basic gymnastics functions, you can build strength, grace, and concentration over time. Many children who are enrolled in gymnastics class are there simply to supplement their physical activity level. We believe that every student has the ability and the right to have fun even if they do not wish to commit to competitive gymnastics. It’s also important to know that you do not have to be petite to participate – 2008 Olympic contender Marie Sophie Hindermann is 5’9” — 6 inches taller than the average female worldwide. Continue reading