The Science of Coaching
Effective Coaching Techniques Based on Principles of Motor Learning
Lesson 18: Every Gymnast is Different
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TRUE OR FALSE?
… Every gymnast is different (TRUE) ✅
…We can teach and coach a skill to every gymnast the same way (FALSE)❌
Every gymnast’s body is different and it affects how he or she does gymnastics.
The easiest example is leg length.
Some gymnast have long legs, some medium length, and some shorter legs in comparison to their torso.
A gymnast with longer legs will take longer to get knee to chest in a double back, while a gymnast with shorter legs has a smaller lever arm so there is a faster turn over.
Another example on the strength & conditioning side is the impact of leg length on deadlifting (picking a weight up from the ground) and squatting.
A gymnast with longer legs has to lean their shoulders forwards more rather than keeping their chest straight up. BUT a gymnast with longer legs has a larger moment arm which makes it easier for them to deadlift more weight.
This all shows that because every gymnast’s body is different, each gymnast has their own strengths and weaknesses that they can work with to make their gymnastics unique! One of a kind gymnast, requires individualized coaching for each gymnast, not a one size fits all approach.
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