For the past weeks, one of the biggest news about the world of gymnastics is the issue between the USA Gymnastics’ tie with the national gymnastics team’s physician, Larry Nassar, and their legal debacle with regards to Nassar’s sexual abuse cases.
At the annual Laureus World Sports Awards ceremony on Tuesday night at Monaco, the four-time Rio Olympic champion Simone Biles did it once again! She has been awarded as the World Sportswoman of the Year, alongside fellow American, four-time World Sportsman of the Year Usain Bolt.
Gymnastics, be it rhythmic or artistic, requires a whole lot of movements because this is what the sport is all about, the scores are even based on the athlete’s movements. To do said movements with maximum ease and safety in mind, gymnasts have to wear the proper clothes so they could execute their podium-worthy skills without hindrances.
Sleep, like other things our kids’ bodies need, is most of the time overlooked when talking about the factors that contributes to the success of our children in their chosen sports. When talking about health, also, most parents only think about what they feed their children or how much exercise their child does. What most of us parents do not realize is that the amount of time our children spend not exercising or training and is instead spent in sleeping is as important as everything else.
All over the world, no matter what the season is, toddlers are mostly spending their time strapped on car seats or plopped in front of the TV as we—their parents—get on with our busy schedules. This doesn’t help in their developing motor skills, nor does it help in strengthening their heart, muscles and lungs. This might also set them up for an inactive lifestyle and even obesity as adults, which is widespread in the US.
Carbohydrates is always listed as the most important energy sources for athletes, may it be according to a renowned athletic group, a renowned athlete, a coach, a dietitian or a nutritionist. No matter if our athletic child is a gymnast, boxer, or figure skater, this energy source is so important because it provides their muscles with the fuel they need to work at their best. Including healthy carbohydrates into their sports nutrition diet could help them run, jump, or dodge faster.
2017 USA Gymnastics was announced to be hosted by Milwaukee next year, particularly at the Wisconsin Center and BMO Harris Bradley Center.
As parents of distracted children, such as those with ADHD or autism, we often wonder how we could contain our children’s excessive energy. We also ask ourselves a lot more questions like should we use only pharmaceutical help? Should we follow special diets or let them take nutritional supplements? Do they need to be disciplined more? Is there an outlet we could teach to our child so he could release his energy there while at the same time being beneficial to him and his condition?
Aside for our young athlete’s physical health, their mental health is also important for them to be able to perform stunningly in their chosen sports, particularly in gymnastics. If a child is very shy and feels inferior most of the time, in a sport competition, she would not succeed. She has to have the confidence of one Simone Biles to help her thrive on her chosen sport.