Balancing School and Gymnastics in NH

Gymnastics in NHIt is that time of year again, the weather is starting to cool down and all of the kids are back to school. One of the most amazing things a gymnast can do is balance on beams that are only inches wide, performing skills high above the ground. As soon as September begins and the school year kicks in, gymnasts begin to perform a different balancing act: balancing school, homework, and gymnastics in NH.

Studies show that children who participate in sports actually perform better in school than their peers who do not do sports. More specifically it was actually discovered that despite the multiple hours competitive gymnasts trained, those students who were involved in training were more likely to maintain or improve their grades once they joined a team!

This academic achievement does not happen without certain strategies and communication between the student-athlete, coaches, parents and teachers. Here are a few tips that students can use to maintain their excellence in the classroom and the gym:

  1. Have a plan (and a planner). It is important that there is a plan in place and to put that plan in your very own planner. When all of your time is scheduled you can actually see where you have gaps for your homework and social time. Remember, if you don’t plan your day, it will plan you.
  2. Set priorities. While every family has their own rules, school is definitely a priority. That does not mean there won’t be times when you have to shift priorities around, things to happen! However by setting your priorities, you will not lose sight of what is important to you and your family.
  3. Record due dates for schoolwork and projects. Similar to gymnastics, you have to plan how you will master a new skill in time for season by choosing a goal date and deciding how you will get there, the same is applied to schoolwork and assignments.
  4. Use your time wisely. A significant amount of work can be done in small time increments. Plan how you can use study halls, time after you eat your lunch and travel time to school, practices and competitions.
  5. Use your nights and weekends off wisely. Homework is for the most part assigned weekly. Ask your teachers if you can get your homework on Fridays instead of Mondays to get a head start to the week.
  6. Never procrastinate. Waiting until the last minute to get anything done is never a good choice. Busy gymnasts, such as yourselves, cannot afford to procrastinate.
  7. Remove all distractions. Turn off all cell phone and computer notifications. Work on school assignments in a room that you know will keep you focused.
  8. Give yourself a bedtime, and stick to it. Sleeping is crucial to a student and gymnast. It has been shown that lack of sleep can to lead to health problems and can impair your learning.
  9. Get help as soon as you need it. If you are struggling in class or a subject, ask your teacher for help immediately! Your teachers and coaches want to see you succeed in life.

For more information about gymnastics call the Nashua School of Gymnastics at (603) 880-4927 today!