If you are looking to really help your child develop gymnastics into something more than just a random rare hobby then there are a few steps and tips that can be quite helpful, especially for parents who have never ventured into the world of gymnastics before. Working together with your child’s coach can be a very rewarding experience, but most coaches are not able to hold the hands of parents, which leaves many parents wondering what they can do.
To start with the first step you should take to help develop your little gymnast is to seek out a coach that they feel comfortable working with. If your child is scared of the coach for any reason, it may be a good idea to change coaches no matter how good the coach is supposed to be. Your child will not develop to the best of their abilities if they are frightened and afraid so ensuring your child is comfortable is a very important step.
You should also look for a coach with many years of experience. If the coach is fairly new it increases the risks of injuries, and nothing can kill the dreams of a fantastic gymnastics career faster than a severe injury. Working with someone who is experienced can really help to reduce the risk of injury and also ensures your child learns the best and safest methods for all techniques and tricks.
Listen to your child. If they say that there is a problem, you should listen to what they have to say. It may be a problem with their leotard, it may be a problem where they are hurting, or they could just be tired. Anytime your child has a problem you should listen and work to resolve the problem. If they are tired, make sure they are getting plenty of sleep; if they are hurting see if you can figure out why as well as how to stop the pain.
Consider changing programs once your child has developed the skills and desire necessary. While not all parents have this problem, many parents face the issue of their child outgrowing the coach or the gym. Never a pleasant experience, this means it is time to start looking for a new coach to handle your child’s development. While nobody likes the ideas of leaving a coach whom they are comfortable with, it must be done sometimes in order to find a coach who is able to help your child continue their development, rather than get into a rut.
Never jump into moving your child across the country immediately. This is not usually a good idea for your child, and is a decision that takes a lot of careful consideration. While it may seem best to move across the country to work with a particular coach, think about what your child is going to give up in the process. They are going to lose their school, friends, home and possibly even more. This can sometimes make the idea of moving for gymnastics seem like a horrible punishment, rather than as the opportunity to grow and improve.
Finally, you want to ensure that your little gymnast has the medical treatment they need when they need it. This means often taking seemingly unnecessary trips to the doctor for check ups and treatment. What may seem to you as a small and insignificant injury can actually develop into a serious problem if not properly treated. This is especially important in the muscles and tendons of a gymnast. If an injury results in the development of scar tissue, then the gymnast has lost some of their flexibility that they cannot regain. Which is critical since gymnastics puts great emphasis on flexibility as well as strength.
Keeping your child as happy and healthy as possible is one of the biggest steps that parents can take to help their child develop. Remember, doing nothing more than spending all of their time locked away inside of a gym is never an idea situation for your child and should be avoided at all costs. Instead, look for ways to get them out of the house and stimulate their minds as much as their bodies, which will help them, concentrate even more while they are practicing or competing.