Health Benefits of Gymnastics Training

An active young professional, dental assistant Brooke Kuecker participated in gymnastics throughout all four years of high school. As a health science major in college, Brooke Kuecker has remained focused on fitness.

Gymnastics is a sport that involves the whole body. It trains strength, flexibility, balance, and coordination, as well as spatial awareness. Gymnasts develop a command over their own bodies due to the many actions and positions required to execute movements such as flips, handstands, and tumbles. In addition, the learned familiarity that comes with being upside down, sideways, and backwards also leads to exceptional development of the vestibular mechanism. This part of the brain directs inner ear function and balance, two characteristics for which gymnasts have received widespread renown.

In fact, a study by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration found that gymnasts fare far better than trained astronauts in basic testing. They have attributed this result largely to the gymnasts’ training, which familiarizes them with the feeling of the body in both aerial and grounded configurations. The same training also builds gymnasts’ muscles and bones, which in turn enables them to move their bodies efficiently and assume challenging positions.

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