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Transcript of Gymnastics
Gymnastics is designed to develop and display strength, balance, and agility, especially those performed on specialized apparatus.
BY: Annette Rama
Women's apparatus includes uneven bars, balance beam, vault, and floor. Men apparatus includes pommel horse, rings, vault, floor, parallel bars, and high bar.
Gymnastics is one of the oldest sports, which originated from Greece and was officially established as one in 1862. All together there are six different types of gymnastics, which includes women's artistic, men artistic, rhythmic gymnastics, trampoline, power tumbling, and acrobatic gymnastics. In all of these chalk is used to improve the gymnasts grip, absorb sweat, and to keep the hands dry. Dowel grips are used for women's uneven bars, and men high bar, parallel bars, and rings in artistic gymnastics, they are also used to prevent rips.
Gymnasts have to salute before they start an event and after they finish an event. Saluting is when they raise both their arms in the air. This is important because it lets the judges know when to start judging their routine and when to stop judging. If the gymnast does not salute their performance does not count.
Along with gymnastics comes many injuries including rips, which is when the skin on your hands starts to peel off. This can happen when your on the bars, don't have grips, or if the grips start to wear out. Other injuries that can occur are sprains, breaks, dislocations, fractures, and muscle strains in any part of the body. Paralyzation can even occur if you land the wrong way.
It is really important to stretch before doing any skills to prevent injury. You must stretch every muscle in the body, most importantly the wrists, ankles, arms, legs, shoulders, and back, although every muscle is used in performing a skill, these are the most important, but avoid over stretching, which can cause muscle strains, and pulls.
Usually towards the end of practice, depending on time, conditioning happens for about a half an hour to an hour. Conditioning is super important because it makes the gymnast more stronger, perform better, and improve faster. It's the least fun part of practice, and the more you complain during it the more the coach will add. Ankle weights are usually used.
Gymnastics has numerous amounts of skills that would take too long to name all of them. They range from cartwheels, being the easiest to yurchenkos on vault. The skills performed on floor could also be performed on beam, for example round off backhand spring layout. There are also many jumps, like split leaps, and scissor leaps. On uneven bars there are skills like kips and giants. Giants are when the gymnast is in a handstand position and goes around the bar either for a release move like deltchev or a dismount like a double back tuck.
Where everything began
I first started artistic gymnastics when I was four years old. As soon as I started I knew I was going to be doing it for a long time. My love for this sport kept growing as the years went by, but it also was becoming more difficult. I spent more time on all the events and made every skill perfect before I moved onto the next.
Gymnastics started becoming my passion when I realized how much it was taking over my life, when I wasn't at the gym doing skills, I was at home doing them. I pushed myself to be the best that I can and to go to every practice and not waste any time. Everything was becoming harder and I kept getting mental blocks which are difficult to get over but I managed it.
Gymnastics makes me who I am today because of the dedication and the amount of injuries that I overcame. When I was twelve I was injured really badly and had to stop gymnastics for about a half a year and lost a good amount of my skills, but when I came back and recovered I practiced non stop to get all my skills back that I lost.
Gymnastics is appealing to me because basically you deify gravity and you're always in the air hoping to land safely when you come back down. The reason why I stayed with gymnastics is because I loved the feeling of being in the air and doing flips that people thought I was crazy for doing them, but it never stopped me.
Although gymnastics has destroyed my body, with the amount of sprains and dislocations, and how everything cracks when I move, I would never turn this sport down or ever decide to do something different because of how long it's been in my life. There will be plenty more bumps in the road, but I will continue to do this for as long as I can.