The Relationship Between Gymnastics and Academics
activities in gymnastics classes prepare children for early success in
the classroom. Listed below are just a few of the relationships between
gym activities and behaviors in school.
requiring deep pressure to the joints as in mat and bar work provide
joint sensation adequate for correct pencil grip, and the pencil tension
needed to form letters properly.
to a coach and processing multi-step directions for gymnastics skills
including sequences and complex motor patterns gives children practice
in listening to a teachers instructions, following multi-step directions
in school assignments and understanding complex math patterns.
students that enjoy warm-up routines with music and keep a steady
beat/rhythm with ease are better at understanding the rhythmic nature of
reading and speech, leading to strong fluency skills.
that learn directional terms at the gym including over, under, next to,
and between are better at distinguishing between the letters b/d/p/q
and writing with no reversals.