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Is Gymnastic Practice at Home Safe?

If your child has recently taken up the sport of gymnastics, you may have noticed that he or she has the desire to tumble just about everywhere! From the living room to the backyard, it can seem like you see them upside down more than right side up! While gymnastics does require a great deal of practice, it’s important that your aspiring gymnast is doing so in the safest manner possible.

blue mat Tumbling mats for home are available, and they can be a great alternative to the blankets or couch cushions that kids typically use to break their fall. These can generally be used both indoors and outdoors as long as there is a flat or even surface. If you’re thinking about stocking up on supplies to keep your child safe while practicing, here are some things you should know about these mats:

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  •     Tumbling mats for home should be used when a child is under supervision. While these mats will provide some cushioning while practicing tricks and stunts, however these cannot prevent against injury. Parents who have children who are new to the sport of gymnastics should always keep a close eye on what their child is doing.

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  •     These mats do not need to be installed, and most of them fold up for easy storage. Because they are available in a variety of styles and sizes, you can select the mat that is most suitable for your home or practice space.
  •     These mats are durable and puncture resistant, you do need to be more concerned about the money spend on these mats. Often, childrenuse these mats for years, which makesthis a great choice for those who have more than one child interested or involved in the sport of gymnastics

If you have any questions regarding whether or not your child should be practicing at home, don’t hesitate to talk to their coach or teacher. He or she can not only provide you with more information regarding what kind of equipment is appropriate for home use, but also can make recommendations on what your child can safely do at home to improve his or her performance.

10 Things You Need to Know About Gymnastics at The 2014 Commonwealth Games

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1. There are two gymnastics categories at the Commonwealth Games – Artistic and Rhythmic.

 

2. In artistic, male athletes will compete on six types of apparatus – Floor, Pommel Horse, Rings, Vault, Parallel Bars and Horizontal Bar.

 

3. Female athletes will compete on four – Vault, Uneven Bars, Balance Beam and Floor.

 

4. Only female athletes compete within Rhythmic Gymnastics. Four apparatus events – Hoop, Ball, Clubs and Ribbon – will be contested, with athletes competing for Team, Individual All-Around and Individual Apparatus medals.

 

5.  Becky Downie is the European favorite, and will try routines she hopes to use at the 2016 Olympics in Rio.

 

6. Becky has a younger sister Ellie, also a gymnast and  a 2016 Olympic hopeful!

 

7. At the 2010 Commonwealth Games Australia, England and Canada won Team All Around for both men and women, placing Gold, Silver and Bronze respectively.

 

8. If you don’t know what the Commonwealth Games are, they’re an international, multi-sport event involving athletes from the Commonwealth of Nations, formerly the British Commonwealth.

 

9. Gymnastics is an optional sport for the Commonwealth Games, meaning every country doesn’t have to have a team compete.

 

10. You can follow along with all the gymnastics event and schedule at http://www.glasgow2014.com/sports