One of the more remarkable things gymnasts do is balance on a four inch wide beam, performing skills that most would not even think doable on a floor.
But each September, many of these young athletes face a different kind of balance challenge: balancing school with practice.
Gymnastics does not need to be an impediment to excellence in education. To the contrary, study after study shows that children who participate in sports actually perform better in school than their peers who do not do sports.
Gymnastics, in particular, may have a positive effect on school achievement. In one study it was discovered that despite the many hours competitive gymnasts trained, those students who were involved in gymnastics training were more likely to maintain or improve their grades once they joined a team. In fact, the study revealed that the more time students spent training for gymnastics, the better their grades…
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