The DSActive team have been working with British Gymnastics to develop a version of our coach education workshop specifically for gymnastics coaches. The workshop is designed to help upskill coaches on how to support people with Down’s syndrome in to their gymnastic clubs.
Gymnastics is a very popular sport for people with Down’s syndrome to get involved in, especially younger children. However, for people with Down’s syndrome there can be additional health conditions which can act as a barrier to participating in gymnastics. Everyone with Down’s syndrome must have a screening for Atlanto-Axial Instability (AAI), carried out by a medical professional, before they can start gymnastics. A copy of this form can be found on the British Gymnastics website by clicking here. The workshop covered AAI in detail, as well as other health conditions associated with having Down’s syndrome.
The gymnastic coaches found the workshop really useful, one commented:
“I wasn’t expecting to learn anything new, having worked with people with Down’s syndrome for a long time, but I learnt loads. It was a really interesting workshop and I found it really useful.”