Rugby skills from gymnastics
Rugby skills from gymnastics - there are many as you may imagine. Even
simple movements may help you improve rugby skills.
I`m not suggesting for one moment that you take up gymnastics to
improve your rugby skills.
What I suggest is that
if you are already involved in gymnastics
if you have been involved in the past
if you are just thinking about gymnastics
you ease your way into rugby
you pick up rugby quickly
you have already developed qualities useful in rugby, even
if it is only that you are flexible enough consider that things
other than rugby may be helpful
You rarely know about all the experience other players have had.
Someone may pick up a skill more easily. Stay positive. They may already have
similar experince from another sport like gymnastics.
Gymnastics at school
I was fortunate enough to enjoy gymnastics at school and learned a great
deal I didn`t even know I was learning.
I got the opportunity to learn in safe conditions - it may be one of the
best things I ever did.
As I was quite involved in gym I was able to gather rugby skills from
gymnastics even though it was never the reason for being involved.
Gymnastics - the benefits
Learning to perform on the different pieces of equipment together with
the tumbling skills required for floor exercises help in many ways.
If you have the experience, well, you know what it`s like.
If you don`t, just imagine it. Even at an elementary level
different types of vaults and floor exercises build...
ability to follow instructions
Thinking back I`m not sure how I was persuaded, but imagine vaulting
running at speed the length of the gym
bouncing on a few bits of springy wood
flying the length of a vaulting horse
performing some type of disorienting physical manouevre
endeavouring to land on your feet
considering style and form as you do it
doing it all on command
doing it with people watching and judging
You can imagine how you get rugby skills from gymnastics - it builds
character, strength, coordination, vision, courage and confidence.
People are not born as good rugby players. If someone of a similar age
and experience appears to be much better - stay positive.
They may have had loads more relevent experience. If you want to be good and
are prepared, chances are you will be good, It just may take a little longer.
Rugby skills from gymnastics floor exercises
Thinking back it`s easy to imagine doing them and see floor exercises
are vey useful
you`re on the floor a lot - and get up quickly
you`re often staggering all over and regain balance
you`re often upside-down and recover and carry on
assessing your own performance - and improving
controlling your body and improving all the time
watching movements of others and predicting results
having problems and learning to triumph over them
and so you learn things.
Imagine, you`re well balanced, you know where to put your feet,
you stay upright and maintain your momentum.
It may mean you score a try instead of being tackled.
Simulated gymnastics / rugby
You don`t have to do either to find out more.
You can benefit by trying out a bit of simple simulation.
Choose some nice soft ground.
I`m not going to go into detail, make it up yourself.
Just get used to...
falling to the floor without hurting yourself
rolling around on the floor - use your imagination!
jumping back up again as quickly as you can
I`ve just done a bit to check it out - it`s pretty good exercise!
Invite a friend!