Rotation includes a variety of movement patterns that require the body to move through space and around its own axis. It includes movements such as twisting, rolling, turning and spinning. These movements are evident in everyday activities, games and most sports (e.g. pivoting in basketball, twisting and turning in tennis, forward roll in gymnastics).
Children are innately programmed to spin, swing and be upside-down. When children are spinning and swinging, special receptors in the little “vestibule” of the inner ear are stimulated and communicate a sense of where the body is in space. This vestibular system controls the sense of movement and balance.
Swinging and spinning helps kids regulate their bodies. It helps them focus and increase their body awareness. Young children do not get dizzy as easily as adults do because connections between balance and other systems are still being formed in the first eight years of life.
So here’s the deal with vestibular stimulation: you want to offer your baby or child lots of it. As long as she looks content, just keep rocking and/or spinning. After a while, you’ll either have a sleepy child, or an awake, alert child.
When babies and children are in the “awake-alert” state, they’re most open to learning new information. So, in a way, vestibular stimulation helps the brain decide whether it’s ready for more learning, or needs sleep to help process what’s already been learned.
A tuck shape is a fundamental shape for rotational skills. It’s the shape we want for the advanced skills such as forward and backward somersaults. The tighter the tuck, the faster a child will spin or rotate. A tuck shape is introduced from the commencement of gymnastics as it is one of our core shapes.
Other vestibular stimulating rotational skills include activities such as…
- egg rolls (tuck rolls)
- long rolls (rocket rolls)
- forward rolls
- bunny jumps from side to side/over blocks and star rocking (introduction to cartwheels)
- cartwheels, handstands are the foundations for higher level tumbling and vaulting skills.
- swinging on ropes and bars.
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