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Tumbling Basics
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This title gives an introduction to gymnastics. "Tumbling Basics" helps teachers new to gymnastics break down each of seven basic skills into small, easy-to-teach steps and learn how to safely teach the essential skills needed for gymnastics. It also includes exercises to help students improve their strength and flexibility in order to perform skills successfully. Clear instructions on error spotting techniques help teachers learn to safely guide students through difficult skills and safety guidelines, and help them to create an environment where students can practice safely.
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Table of Contents

Descriptions of Tumbling Terms and Circuit Exercise; Circuit Exercises for Flexibility and Muscular Strength; Chapter 1. Preparing to Teach Tumbling; Chapter 2. Forward Rolls; Chapter 3. Backward Rolls; Chapter 4. Cartwheels; Chapter 5. Combination of Rolls and Cartwheels; Chapter 6. Front Limbers and Backbend Kickovers; Chapter 7. Front Handsprings; Chapter 8. Back Handsprings; Chapter 9. Combination of All Skills.

About the Author

Kathleen Ortiz is an instructor in the physical education department at Boston University. She is also an instructor in the physical education department at Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge. She was an adjunct professor for 10 years, teaching tumbling and gymnastics to student physical education teachers at William Paterson University in New Jersey. She has coached athletes in gymnastics and cheerleading up to the Olympic level for more than 40 years and served as a gymnastics official in colleges for more than 30 years and has been involved with the Paralympics for more than 35 years.

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