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The importance of safety mattresses in schools

The importance of safety mattresses in schools

by Leana Kell

Making teachers aware of the structure and uses of safety mats is important when it comes to the safety of pupils in the school gym. Many accidents involving physical education have been caused by safety mattresses being used incorrectly by staff and pupils. To help avoid future accidents, schools should be made fully aware of the importance of putting safety mats in the correct place prior to use. Below, Beemat takes a look at the role of safety mattresses in schools and preventative measures to keep pupils and teachers safe in the school gym. Why safety mattresses? Safety mattress are...

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How high can mammals jump?

How high can mammals jump?

by Leana Kell

Most mammals were born with the ability to jump. As humans, we regularly practice the art of jumping throughout our daily lives. Whether its jumping onto a bus, or down a flight of steps, many of us cannot crush the urge to use the talent we've been given and jump! Below, Beemat takes a look at the art of vertical jumping amongst mammals currently living on our planet and which mammals can jump the highest. How high can humans jump? Let's first consider the human jump capacity. Currently, the highest 'standing' jump is 1.616 metres or 5.3 foot and was...

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Beginner's High Jump Training Drills

Beginner's High Jump Training Drills

by Leana Kell

If you're a PE coach, every season you'll be faced with the challenge of introducing new sports to pupils who may or may not have received any formal training before. The Rio Olympic Games 2016 has proved to be yet another inspirational event that promises to draw more of today's young athletes to the world of track and field events. Many people are attracted to High Jump, a track and field event whereby competitors must jump unaided over a horizontal bar placed and measured at different heights, without dislodging it. Below, Beemat explores the various methods employed to promote and...

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A beginners guide to Kickboxing

A beginners guide to Kickboxing

by Leana Kell

Kickboxing is a highly popular martial art. If you're looking for a fun work out which will increase strength, confidence and coordination it is definitely a strong contender. If you're considering taking up kickboxing as a sport, Beemat provides all the information you need below. What is kickboxing? Kickboxing classes focus on everything from cardio conditioning and elements of dance to self-defense, martial arts and one-on-one competition. It combines punches, knees, head butting and kicks to disarm an opponent. The key to excelling in this sport is speed and agility - the person must strike before the attacker has time...

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A guide to Karate

A guide to Karate

by Leana Kell

If you or your child is considering taking up Karate, Beemat has put together a comprehensive guide below so you can find the right club to suit your needs. What is Karate? Originating in Japan, the art of Karate is practiced primarily for sport and can also be utilised as a self-defence mechanism. Karate incorporates kicking, lunching, elbows and open hand techniques into its movements. The main object is to deflect an attack, so learning how to control disabling attacksĀ  that come from directly in front of you. In Karate, punches areĀ  directed just below the sternum, a weak point...

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