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Gymnastics: Begin Here, Go Anywhere

By Anne Josephson, JAG Gym Blog, 08/09/17, 4:45PM CDT

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Introducing your child to gymnastics at a young age isn’t about choosing a sport for your child, it’s about introducing a variety of skills that they can utilize in whatever sport or activity they might one day choose.

Gymnastics is the basis of all sports.

The name itself is from the ancient Greek word gymnazein meaning “to exercise naked.” Initially the Greeks used gymnastics to train soldier getting ready for war. But then gymnastics became so central to the Greek idea of education it became mandatory for all children to participate in the sport.   It was from there that these gymnasiums developed into schools teaching gymnastics, math and music.

While modern gymnastics has evolved from these early days, gymnastics still remains the sport that incorporates the movement patterns and basic skills that are most beneficial for preparing children for all sports or as an excellent cross training sport.

As Olympic champion Shannon Miller whose own young children participate in gymnastics states, “Introducing your child to gymnastics at a young age isn’t about choosing a sport for your child, it’s about introducing a variety of skills that they can utilize in whatever sport or activity they might one day choose.”