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Gymnastics : a practical guide for beginners
Murdock, Tony.
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Publication Information:
London ; New York : F. Watts, 1980.
Physical Description:
104 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 29 cm
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Includes index.
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Booklist Review

Gr. 4-7. While Art Berke's Gymnastics [BKL Ap 15 88] is commendable, this revision of Murdock and Stuart's 1985 book is clearly the most comprehensive and current title available on the subject. A foreword by 1988 Olympic gold medal gymnast Elena Shoushounova of the USSR sets a realistically upbeat tone, in a book aimed equally at boys and girls. The authors highlight equipment, safety, warm-up, and conditioning before covering all the men's and women's events standard in international competition. Coaches and athletes will appreciate the extensive use of step-by-step movement illustrations--especially valuable for visualization of airborne manuevers--coupled with a no-nonsense narrative. Interest sparked by photographs of gymnasts worldwide will be satisfied by a 12-page listing of biographical and record information on the sport's past greats as well as present and rising stars. A top-notch presentation. --Phillis Wilson

School Library Journal Review

Gr 7-12-- This up-to-date book on the basics of artistic gymnastics clearly provides information on clothing, equipment, safety, warm-ups, and the basic skills of each event for men and women. Diagrams with explanations and safety considerations for developing basic skills are clear, concise, and easy to follow. Excellent black-and-white and color photographs of world-recognized gymnasts are included with each event. Rhythmic and acrobatic gymnastics are very briefly described; these chapters do not include information on skills and drills. Accomplishments of 16 world-famous gymnasts are listed at the end of the book. This revised edition will appeal to beginners or beginning coaches of gymnastics. The vocabulary and complexity of the many diagrams make the content difficult for a young reader. A glossary is not provided, but would help to clarify many of the gymnastic terms. Elementary school children might find the photographs appealing, but this is a book for serious gymnastics enthusiasts. --Janice C. Hayes, Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.