A: Strength, flexibility, agility, balance, coordination… the list goes on and on. Many articles have been written on the benefits of gymnastics. This statement is one of the best summations of the benefits of gymnastics:
“Gymnastics is a terrific sport for young people. Many people have grown up in and by gymnastics to become doctors, lawyers, teachers, business people, professors, police officers, nurses, scientists, and many others. Gymnastics provides an outstanding way for young people to test their mettle against themselves and others. Gymnastics can provide opportunities for physical development, character development, and education that are hard to find anywhere else.” – William Sands, Ph.D.
Obviously this statement pertains to boys as well as girls. Many boys who began gymnastics at a young age have graduated to excel in other sports like football, basketball, soccer, baseball, swimming, and track and field. More than a few former gymnasts have gone to college on pole vaulting or diving scholarships!