History of Leotards
Why are Leotards Important to Gymnastics Training?
If you are new to gymnastics you might think of leotards as the “costume” or “uniform” for gymnasts. After coaching for many years, it is clear to me that leotards are much more than just the attire. First, there is the matter of safety. Many skills require spotting to help a gymnast develop the right technique to master a skill. Spotting is much safer and easier if the child is not wearing loose clothing, such a t-shirts and shorts. Leotards also allow a coach to clearly see and correct body positions to train the right technique and avoid injury. Leotards also help a gymnast develop a good body-image. While not every gymnast aspires to compete in front of audiences; if a gymnast wears loose clothing for training, she may find herself feeling exposed and uncomfortable when it’s time to wear a leotard for a performance or competition. Of course, I’m biased, but I think FlipFlop Leos are the most comfortable, most fun, and have the most variety on the internet. Every gymnast can find a print that they will enjoy wearing to gymnastics!
1/31/2018 03:49:44 pm
I do not know his parentage. The name "leotard" was his last name and came to be associated with the costumes he created for his trapeze performances.
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