Gymnastics Term Paper by Nicky

A look at the sport of gymnastics for both men and women.
# 151233 | 1,811 words | 7 sources | APA | 2012 | US
Published on May 30, 2012 in Nutrition (Exercise) , Sport (General)

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The paper discusses how gymnastics is a sport that requires tremendous physical stamina and technical control over the body. The paper looks at the history of gymnastics, the different types of gymnastics and the gymnastic exercises men and women do. The paper also examines safety tips, the importance of gymnastics and its role in one's overall physical fitness.

History of Gymnastics
Types of Gymnastics
Different Elements in Gymnastics
Safety and Gymnastics
Importance of Gymnastics
The Correlation Between Components of Physical Fitness and Gymnastics

From the Paper:

"Mark Thompson Kolar writes in the Michigan blog that above and beyond athletic skills, gymnastics teaches youth the importance of a "healthy lifestyle." Kolar interviewed Kim Tanskanen, owner of MEGA (a gymnastics academy in Michigan) about the importance of teaching kids gymnastics. Tanskanen expressed that there are many influences in the lives of children and teens that are "unhealthy" - such as fast food, candy, and other items - and as a result, "the childhood obesity rate [in the United States and Michigan] is higher than it has ever been anywhere in the world" (Kolar, 2007). And so, part of the training that kids receive when they enroll in the gymnastics program at MEGA relates to healthy living. The competitive team programs at MEGA emphasize physical fitness, gymnastics, dance, and a "healthy lifestyle" goes into all those training programs.
"MEGA promotes the importance of exercise per se, and in association with USA Gymnastics (the governing body of gymnastics in the United States), MEGA teaching young athletes how "to set goals to achieve skills or conditioning elements" (Kolar). In order to evaluate each participant's progress, MEGA provides charts and report cards for the students and their parents to use. "When children make physical fitness a part of their daily lives," says Amy Fringer, program director for gymnastics at MEGA, "they will find they are more alert and do better in school.""

Sample of Sources Used:

  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. (2008). Gymnastics Injury Prevention. RetrievedNovember 3, 2009, from
  • Ancient Greece. (2007). Olympics. Retrieved November 3, 2009, from
  • Donham-Foutch, Shae (2007). Teaching skills and health-related fitness through a preservice gymnastics program: preservice students learn by doing, as they teach gymnastics tocommunity children. The Journal of Physical Education, Recreation & Dance. 78(5), 35-40.
  • Kid Source Online. (2007). Gymnastics Safety. Retrieved November 4, 2009, from
  • Kolar, Mark Thompson. (2007) Gymnastics academy teaches importance of healthy lifestyle. Retrieved November 4, 2009, from

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APA Format

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MLA Format

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