Competitive artistic gymnastics: reflections about gymnasts’ development
AbstractThe current study is a piece from the original project entitled “Diagnosis of the Developing Program of Artistic Gymnastics in Brazil”. Among other issues discussed in this main project, our objective was to investigate the development of the gymnast who are entering the intensive training and are potential to be representative to national teams. We interviewed 46 coaches from 29 sports institutions in Brazil. Regarding methodology, we used a semi-structured interview and for data treatment we adopted the content analysis proposed by Bardin (2004). We could evidence that coaches have concern regarding many aspects of the children development, and have been trying to equate sports` demands with gymnasts` characteristics and needs.