As a gymnastics coach with years of experience, I have seen the sport evolve in many ways. Gymnastics has come a long way since its inception, and it continues to change as we move toward the future. In this article, we will explore some of the trends, innovations, and predictions for the future of gymnastics.
Table of Contents
- Future Trends in Gymnastics
- Innovations in Gymnastics
- Predictions for the Future of Gymnastics
- Final Thoughts
Future Trends in Gymnastics
Gymnastics in the future is set to be different from what it is today. The sport is constantly evolving, and new trends are emerging all the time.
Culture Change in Gymnastics
One of the most significant trends we are seeing in modern gymnastics is a cultural shift toward putting the gymnast’s needs first. This shift is a response to the high-profile abuse claims that have been reported in recent years. Coaches and gym owners must prioritize the physical and emotional well-being of their athletes to create a positive and safe environment.
Following the Science
Another trend we are seeing in modern gymnastics is the increased reliance on scientific evidence to make coaching decisions. In the past, coaches often made decisions based on intuition and experience. However, as we gain more knowledge about how the human body works, coaches are becoming more data-driven. This shift is helping coaches create more effective training programs and injury prevention strategies.
Innovations in Gymnastics
Technology in gymnastics is revolutionizing the sport, and we are seeing some exciting developments that will change the way we train and compete.
AI and Gymnastics
One of the most significant technological advancements in gymnastics is the development of AI by Fujitsu. The company has created an AI system that helps judges at competitions by analyzing and providing feedback on gymnast’s routines. This technology has the potential to improve the accuracy of judging and make competitions fairer.
The impact of COVID-19 has led to the possibility of running competitions virtually. This innovation has saved on travel, time, and cost while still allowing gymnasts to compete at a high level. This trend has a high chance of continuing, even on a scaled-back level, even now the pandemic has subdued.
Software for Gymnastics Clubs
The use of online software to manage customer databases and classes is becoming increasingly popular in gymnastics clubs. This software allows coaches and gym owners to track athlete progress, create training programs, and manage billing more efficiently. This technology is making it easier for coaches to provide a high level of service to their athletes.
Predictions for the Future of Gymnastics
The future of gymnastics looks bright, and we can expect to see some significant changes in the years to come.
Gymnasts Benefit from NILs Earnings
One significant change that is currently affecting the future of gymnastics in the US is the relaxation of NILs (name, image, and likeness) restrictions. This change now allows college athletes to earn money from endorsements, sponsorships, and other commercial opportunities. This shift is expected to have a significant impact on college gymnastics, as athletes can now earn money while still competing at a high level.
Gymnasts who may have previously struggled to cover the costs of their education and training can now benefit from their athletic abilities. This change has the potential to attract more talented gymnasts to college programs and elevate the level of competition in the sport.
I’ve looked in depth at how much money gymnasts can earn in this article here.
New Revenue Streams for Gymnastics Clubs
One prediction for the future of gymnastics is that owners will diversify their offerings to create new sources of income. For example, we may see gyms offering Parkour, aerobics, and ninja classes alongside traditional gymnastics programs.
Parkour Becomes an Olympic Sport
Many have asked why only Artistic, Rhythmic and Trampoline gymnastics are included in the Olympic games. (I’ve answered that in-depth here). Meanwhile, Acrobatics, Tumbling, Team Gym, Aerobics and now Parkour are not included despite also being governed by FIG.
FIG regularly submit proposals to include more gymnastics events to the IOC (International Olympic Committee) and they are always turned down. At least since Trampoline joined the games in Sydney in 2000.
Out of all the disciplines, I predict that Parkour will become an Olympic sport in the near future. This is because it reaches a global audience already, it appeals to the younger generation and the outdoor nature of the sport will not impact the logistics of the existing gymnastics competitions.
Up and Coming Nations
Finally, we expect to see up-and-coming nations rise in the world of gymnastics. Romania, Italy, and South Korea are just a few of the countries that are producing world-class gymnasts. As the sport continues to grow globally, we can expect to see more countries emerge as gymnastics powerhouses.
In conclusion, the future of gymnastics is bright, and we can expect to see some exciting changes in the years to come. As coaches and gym owners, we must embrace these trends and innovations to create a positive and safe environment for our athletes. By prioritizing the needs of our gymnasts, using scientific evidence to inform our decisions, and embracing new technologies, we can help shape the future of this incredible sport.