 Gymnastics - PA111

 Curriculum Gymnastics - PA240

 Advanced Teaching of Gymnastics

 PGCE Gymnastics
Risk Assessment: Gymnastics

All students will receive a copy of this document in their first gymnastics lecture.

Please note that the following gymnastics safety guidelines have been adapted from
the most recent publication of the BAALPE Millennium Edition (1999) ‘Safe Practice
in Physical Education’. All students embarking on any of the gymnastic modules
receives a photocopy of the relevant section from this book and receive safety training
through it and safety guidelines as stated by the University of Brighton.

•      Students are made aware of fire exits in and around the gym areas and the
       nearest phone point at the entrance to the gyms. All the fire exits are to remain
       unblocked by gymnastic equipment or students parting within that vicinity.

•      Students are made aware of the drill that would occur in case of either fire or
       serious accident.

•      Students are made aware of the nearest meeting point and fire extinguishers in
       relation to their working area.

•      Students are made aware of the gymnasium rules and regulations – including
       codes of conduct whilst working in the gymnasiums. All students are made
       aware of the safety posters in each of the gyms. These include:

       □       How to lift and carry equipment safely.

       □       How to store equipment safely.

       □       Fire Exits.

       □       Codes of conduct for non-contact practice.

•      Students must wear the appropriate gymnastic attire when working in
       gymnastics and ensure all long hair is tied back and be free of all jewellery.
       The Chelsea School kit is plain white round neck T-shirt, blue/black plain
       shorts or leotard. Warm-up clothing is permitted although should not have zips
       or toggle fastenings.

•      Students will wear bare feet for gymnastic lectures or appropriate specialised
       footwear. Footwear may be worn for assembling/dissembling of apparatus if
       the lecturer feels this is necessary.

•      Students are made aware of the opportunity for non-contact practice within the
       allocated academic practice timetable. They must ensure that any practice is
       done in groups of at least three in case of an emergency.

•      Students may only use apparatus/equipment that they have been taught how to
       use by a qualified gymnastic teacher. It is acceptable to assume that this
       knowledge may have been experienced prior to arriving at The Chelsea School
    or whilst at The Chelsea School from either a qualified teacher or fellow
    qualified student.

•   Students should only work within the confines of what has been taught to
    them in gymnastic lectures. Although it is deemed acceptable that students
    develop work in non-contact time, this should not be to the determent of their

    □      NO food or drink to be consumed in gym

    □      All moveable apparatus to be stored in lockable storage cupboards that
           have plenty of space for gymnastic apparatus to be arranged and exited

•   If a currently qualified student gymnastic coach agrees to teach a colleague
    during non-contact time, they must ensure that they use safe teaching and
    impose high standards of safe practice. This scenario should not be used as a
    ‘shortcut’ to learning and the qualified student must ensure the highest
    professional standards at all times.

•   Students must advise the lecturer of any affliction / condition or injury that
    may effect their performance in the lecture before they start the session.
    Students should also ensure that they make the lecturer aware of any medical
    condition that requires specialised medical attention in the case of an
    emergency. Students on medication should advise their lecturer at the
    beginning of the module/lecture of their condition and any possible

•   The lecturer in charge of the gymnastics group should hold a current
    qualification in gymnastic teaching and/or coaching. If he/she is coaching a
    sports form or using a specialist piece of apparatus/equipment he/she should
    hold the relevant current qualification.

•   The University Sports & Rec. Service co-ordinate the maintenance and upkeep
    of the gymnasiums and equipment, however, any lecturer using the facility
    should make a general inspection at the start of each lecture to ensure the
    safety of students.

•   The floor area should be cleaned everyday and be free of litter, dust and dirt.

•   If any person using the gymnasiums notice any faults in the equipment they
    should report their findings to the estates department and recreation office
    department immediately. If the fault is considered serious enough, the
    gymnasium/specific apparatus should be closed immediately.

•   The group size should not exceed the teacher/ students ratio 1:25.

•   Lecturers will ensure that skills are taught through progressions and that
    students are continually monitored for tiredness or exhaustion.
    □      Lecturers should modify their teaching approach to suit the ability of
           the group and activity and skills being taught.

    □      It is not expected that students are to work physically for a full two-
           hour period. If the lecture is predominantly practically based then the
           lecturer should allow students to take short breaks to rest/get a drink.

    □      All bags, files and outdoor clothing to be stored outside of the gym
           workspace and should not become a safety hazard.

•   If a student injures themselves either in contact/non-contact time, a report
    should be made immediately to the Sports and Rec. Service Duty Officer. This
    will then be recorded and investigated as is deemed necessary.

Signed:…………………………………………………… Date:……………………

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