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Sports and Exercise

Coaching, sports, working out and training.

Tumble Over To The Sports Section

Sport's Illustrated Tumbling Cover

Sports Illustrated
Tumbling
Tonry
1983

First, I thought all of the stuff in this book was really called “gymnastics”. Is there a difference? Directed at both athletes and coaches, there are some funky drawings and detailed instructions on how to do many gymnastic events. Even if the essential activities are the same, coaching, new equipment, and training techniques will change over time. A nice example of how sports evolved comes from my mother who was told that “girls should only play half court basketball as it may disturb their reproductive parts.” I can hear every female basketball player cringing at that one.

Get over to the sport’s section and take a look. There might be some really awful weeders waiting for you.

 

Mary

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Richard Simmons

 

Still Hungry – After All These Years
Simmons
1999

Submitter: Discovered as we dismantled and re-imagined the biography collection.

Holly: Awww, Richard Simmons! He’s been through a lot lately. There’s even a podcast about how he went “missing” recently. (He was found). I hope he writes a new biography, actually. This one isn’t the worst thing a library could have, but if it no longer circulates it’s an easy weeder.

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The Spinning Silver Shaft

baton twirling coverBaton Twirling: The Fundamentals of an Art and a Skill
Atwater
1964

Submitter: Not only is the cover very out of date, but I am not sure that people who are interested in baton twirling today would learn it through books, and more importantly, would learn it through this book. Also the dedication, which I also sent a picture of, is really quite terrible, and I quote, “Dedicated to all of you who have a love for and an interest in spinning the silver shaft.” I am not sure if that is normal baton twirler lingo, but seemed very out-of-date and slightly inappropriate. (Maybe it is a great baton twirler inside joke?). This book came from a public library.

Holly: The spinning silver shaft! <wink!> I agree with submitter – YouTube is a better option for baton twirling lessons than this black-and-white book from 1964. My mom graduated high school in 1964 and she’s…old. Don’t tell her I said that.

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