Gymnastics History – A Brief Overview

Written by Murray Hughes

Gymnastics: History and Value - A Perspective

Gymnastics, as an activity, has been around for more than two thousand years in one form or another, fromrepparttar ancient Greek Olympics, to Roman ceremony, to today’s modern meets.

As an organized and truly competitive sport, gymnastics has existed for a little more than a century. It was introduced inrepparttar 143970 mid 1800s torepparttar 143971 United States, where it inexorably gained in popularity within school systems.

Amateur associations gathered together byrepparttar 143972 late nineteenth century, offering classes and opportunities for young people to join in onrepparttar 143973 fun. Eventually, these associations began to have their own championships.

In 1896, atrepparttar 143974 first international Olympic games in Athens, Greece,repparttar 143975 sport we all know and love enjoyed its first large-scale debut. Included inrepparttar 143976 Olympic tournament were vaulting, parallel bars, pommel horse, and rings events for men. The first women’s Olympic gymnastics events were held in 1928. Afterrepparttar 143977 Olympics began to officially host gymnastics,repparttar 143978 World Championship gymnastics meet emerged inrepparttar 143979 early 1900s, and it is still held to this very day.

Thus began a noble tradition that continues even in modern Olympic games and in local, regional, national, and world meets all over.

If you’rerepparttar 143980 parent of a young gymnast, odds are, people are going to ask you, “Why did you choose gymnastics over swimming, ballet, football, baseball, or soccer?” It is an easy question to offer, but not a simple one to answer.

Their curiosity is entirely understandable--torepparttar 143981 uninitiated, may have a lower profile than others. However, if you are indeed very serious about your child participating inrepparttar 143982 sport, you can tell those people, with great authority, that gymnastics is an excellent way to spend time. Not only does it have a long and illustrious history, but it also requires attention and discipline onrepparttar 143983 part of a child--more so, perhaps, than one involved in any other sport.

In order to become successful atrepparttar 143984 sport of gymnastics, your child will have to get into a routine of practice.

This type of routine is different from, say, soccer practice or hockey practice, in that it does not involverepparttar 143985 concept of physical rivalry with other individuals. A gymnast is not typically seen chasing after another gymnastics youth with a set of rings as one might see a hockey player attacking another person on an opposing team.

Nutrition For Your Young Athlete

Written by Murray Hughes

Nutrition for Your Young Athlete

Nutrition is extremely important for any young person, especially an athletic one, and even more so duringrepparttar developmental years of their life. Whether your child is involved in soccer or football, gymnastics or swimming or Little League, he or she needs a good nutritive balance in order to be successful in any endeavor. It cannot be stressed enough that anorexia and bulimia, chronic malnutrition, are absolutely devastating not only to an athlete’s career, but also to overall health and well-being. You should always watch for decreased eating in your child, no matter how robust and healthy they may seem.

Interestingly enough, very few scientific studies onrepparttar 143969 nutrition of child athletes have been published. You don’t really need to be a scientist (or an alchemist) to create a healthy menu for your active youth, though. All you need is a little bit of creativity, and, of course,repparttar 143970 facts about different kinds of foods. As is dictated by common sense, it’s necessary for kids who are active to consume more caloric energy than their couch potato counterparts. Sometimes, they must take in several hundred - or even a thousand - healthy calories more thanrepparttar 143971 average child, depending upon their age and uponrepparttar 143972 intensity ofrepparttar 143973 sport they’re participating in.

So what types of food should you give your gymnast? I'll help you out.

In General

Everyday nutrition calls for a healthy balance of protein, calcium, vitamins and minerals. The most important type of caloric intake for a child athlete is carbohydrates. Without carbohydrates,repparttar 143974 body cannot readily replenish its stores of energy inrepparttar 143975 muscles and inrepparttar 143976 liver.

Simple carbohydrates, like those found in most candies and chocolates, are usually not enough: they are used up too quickly and if eaten before competing can cause changes in blood pressure (of course, you can splurge every once in a while -- just not constantly).

Pasta, bread, and rice -- in other words, foods from grain -- are best overall for carbohydrate intake. Fruits and vegetables are excellent sources of carbs and of vitamins and minerals. Dairy products are especially important for building strong bones and teeth. Meat -- or meat substitute -- is needed for protein intake.

Did you know that if you know... if you put beans and rice together, they create a perfect protein?

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