Teaching Fundamental Gymnastics Skills / Edition 1

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Now you can teach or coach gymnastics—even if you don't have a gymnastics background—and ensure that every child learns and succeeds.

Teaching FUNdamental Gymnastics Skills is a hands-on guide that provides you with a strong foundation in exploratory gymnastic skills as well as formal gymnastic skills and helps you bridge the gap between the two approaches.

A unique feature of Teaching FUNdamental Gymnastics Skills is the use of specific verbal cues for different learning styles. You'll get “kinder” cues appropriate for young learners, plus cues that address these learning styles:

- logical/mathematical
- visual/spatial
- bodily/kinesthetic
- musical/rhythmical
- verbal/linguistic

The book covers these essential teaching topics:

- Foundational positions and movements that form the building blocks for all gymnastics skills
- How fundamental skills fit together to make complex movements and sequences
- Common errors in gymnastics skills and how to correct them
- Hard-to-find safety information, including injury prevention and tips for spotting

This well-organized book also covers skill progressions and lead-ups for floor, beam, springboard/vault, and bars. Each skill includes practical information you can use for individual or small-group work at stations: a complete description, common errors, spotting information and checklists.

Additional special features include the following:

- A movement chart, in each chapter, outlines the skill progressions
- Sequential illustrations clarify skill sequences and progressions
- A skillfinder chart makes it easy to find skill descriptions based on level of difficulty

Learn how to deliver effective and safe gymnastics instruction in an educational setting, no matter what your experience or comfort level. Teaching FUNdamental Gymnastics Skills is a great way to get started in teaching gymnastics, build students' confidence, and introduce fun programs.

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Editorial Reviews

This manual provides guidance on gymnastics instruction for physical education teachers. The authors explore different teaching strategies, body awareness, and the foundational movements and postures, then describe the basic skills of floor exercise, balance beam, springboard and vault, and bars. Black and white drawings illustrate correct body positions. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780736001243
  • Publisher: Human Kinetics Publishers
  • Publication date: 5/20/2002
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 312
  • Sales rank: 401,592
  • Age range: 5 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Debby Mitchell, EdD, has been teaching physical education since 1978 and gymnastics since 1987. She is an associate professor at the University of Central Florida, where she is helping to develop a new undergraduate degree program in sport and fitness.

Mitchell is a national leader in technology integration. The video laser disk for gymnastics that she developed over a decade ago was the inspiration for this book. She frequently does presentations at state and national conferences on integrating technology into education.

Raim Lopez, MA, has taught gymnastics since 1981. He is an adjunct professor at the University of Central Florida and a fitness specialist who promotes and sells individualized fitness programs. Previously, he taught health and fitness at the elementary school level.

In 1992, Lopez received an award for the Most Innovative Physical Education Program in Florida from the Florida Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance. In 2001, he won the Disney “Teacherrific” Award.

Barbara Davis has been coaching and teaching gymnastics for 20 years. She is coauthor and national clinician with USA Gymnastics' Kinder Accreditation for Teachers (KAT). She has been a clinician for USA Gymnastics since 1984 at state, regional, and national congresses. She has presented twice at the International Scientific Congress at the world championships. She was the technical writer for the text and developer of the verbal learning cues for specific learning styles.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Gymnastics Basics: Teaching Safely, Teaching Well
• Safety First
• Teaching Effectively

Chapter 2 Exploratory Gymnastics
• Exploring Body Awareness
• Exploring Body Positions
• Exploring Balance and Flexibility
• Exploring Support Skills
• Exploring Locomotor Skills
• Exploring Turns
• Exploring Twisting Rotations
• Exploring Sideward Tumbling
• Exploration and Lead-Ups for Apparatus
• Exploring the Vault Approach
• Exploring Bars
• Combinations and Routines

Chapter 3 Foundational Positions and Movements
• Body Awareness Terminology
• Basic Body Positions
• Foundational Body Positions
• Foundational Positions for Legs and Arms
• Foundational Balances
• Foundational Support
• Locomotor Skills: Alternating Foot Patterns
• Locomotor Skills
• Locomotor Skills: Landing on One Foot
• Rotational Movements: Turns

Chapter 4 Floor Exercise
• Balance Skills
• Support Skills
• Inverted Supports
• Locomotor Skills: Alternating Foot Patterns
• Locomotor Skills: Jumps
• Locomotor Skills: Landing on One Foot
• Rotational Movements
• Horizontal Circular Rotations: Rolls
• Forward and Backward Rolls
• Sideward Rotational Movements
• Medial Circular Rotations: Round-Off
• Horizontal Circular Movements: Back Walkover
• Horizontal Circular Movements: Front Walkover
• Horizontal Circular Movements: Handspring
• Combinations and Routines

Chapter 5 Balance Beam
• Hand Placements for Balance Beam
• Approaches to Balance Beam
• Basic Body Positions and Balances
• Support Positions
• Inverted Supports: Handstands
• Mounts
• Locomotor Skills: Alternating Foot Patterns
• Locomotor Skills: Two-Foot Jumps
• Locomotor Skills: One-Foot Jumps
• Dismounts
• Longitudinal Rotations: Turns
• Sideward Rotations: Cartwheel
• Horizontal Circular Movements

Chapter 6 Springboard and Vault
• Vault Approach and Springboard Skills
• Vault Skills on Floor and Folded Mats
• Front Handspring Vault
• Vault Technique
• Vaults

Chapter 7 Bars
• Grip Positions
• Hangs From Bars
• Inverted Hangs
• Supports
• Mounts
• Suspended and Swinging Skills
• Dismounts
• Rotational Movements

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