Modern Educational Gymnastics

Modern Educational Gymnastics

1st Edition - January 1, 1965

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  • Author: G. Doreen Pallett
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483137384

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Modern Educational Gymnastics provides a guide in gymnastics based on Rudolf Laban’s analysis of movement. This book sets out a discipline and standard, demanding perseverance, grit, and determination in individual ways of moving that provides every individual with an opportunity to achieve not only possibilities in movement and physical prowess, but ideas as well. The topics covered include weight transference; fundamental body action of bending, stretching, turning, and twisting; awareness of the body; way or how a person moves; time, space, and flow factors; use of space; apparatus work; and working with other people. Brief discussions on forming a lesson, achieving good poise, and use of observation to the teacher and students are also deliberated in this text. This publication is intended for gymnastics teachers, but is also useful to students or individuals hoping to acquire knowledge on the fundamentals and basic principles of gymnastics.

Table of Contents

  • Preface

    I. Introduction

    The Human Being

    The Need for Movement

    The Value of Gymnastics

    II. Weight Transference : Gesture — Adjustment of the Body Weight in "on" and "off-balanced" Movement (1) Using Adjacent Parts of the Body

    The Effort Content

    Development of Rolling


    III. Weight Transference : (2) Using Non-adjacent Parts of the Body

    Adjustment of the Body Weight

    The Effort Content

    Ways of Developing


    IV. Weight Transference : (3) Using Non-adjacent Parts of the Body Involving Flight

    The Five Basic Jumps

    Other Possibilities


    V. The Fundamental Body Action of Bending and Stretching


    Bending and Stretching of the Spine

    The Legs

    Hip, Knee, Ankle and Foot Joints

    The Arms

    The Effort Content

    The Use of Space

    VI. The Fundamental Body Action of Turning and Twisting



    The Effort Content

    VII. Awareness of the Body

    Awareness of Different Parts of the Body

    Awareness of the Relationship of Parts as in Meeting and Parting

    Importance of a Part of the Body

    Awareness of a Part Leading

    Symmetrical and Asymmetrical Use of the Body

    Simultaneous and Successive Movement

    VIII. The Way (or How) a Person Moves — Effort Content

    How a Person Moves

    The Effort Content of Movement

    The Weight Factor

    Firmness and Fine Touch

    Weight Rhythms

    Practical Application

    IX. The Time Factor

    Suddenness and Sustainment

    Interplay of Time

    Practical Application

    Resilience of Movement

    Sequence of Movement

    X. The Space and Flow Factors

    The Space Factor

    Flexibility and Directness

    The Flow Factor

    Bound and Free Flow

    XI. The Use of Space

    Personal Space

    General Space

    Directions in Space

    Levels of Space

    Central and Peripheral Use of Space

    Extension in Space

    Planes of Movement

    Body Shape

    XII. Apparatus Work

    Climax to the Lesson

    Value of Apparatus Work

    Sequence of Movement or Vault

    The Preparation or Approach

    Contact with the Apparatus

    Types of Apparatus, Action Tasks, Movement Tasks

    The Recovery

    Ways of Using the Apparatus

    Organization of the Apparatus

    Handling and Care of the Apparatus

    VIII. Working with Other People

    Without Physical Contact

    With Physical Contact But No Weight Nearing

    Involving Weight Bearing

    In Relationship to Apparatus

    XIV. The Lesson

    The Form of a Lesson

    The Theme of a Lesson and Characteristics of the Main Age Groups

    The Development of a Sequence

    Exploration, Selection and Skill of Performance

    Taking over Classes Whose Previous Training Has Been of a Formal Nature

    Presentation of the Work and Contact with Classes

    XV. Observation


    Mental Attitude

    What is Involved When Observing

    The Use of Observation to the Teacher and to the Girls

    XVI Poise

    Good Poise

    Causes of Poor Poise

    Common Postural Weaknesses

    Weak Feet, Knock-knees, Poking Head and Round Shoulders, Hollow Back, Scoliosis and a General Lack of Tension

Product details

  • No. of pages: 148
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Pergamon 1965
  • Published: January 1, 1965
  • Imprint: Pergamon
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483137384

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