SHOULDER JOINT TORQUES AND THE STRAIGHT ARM/FLEXED HIPS PRESS HANDSTAND ON THE PARALLEL BARS

  • Spiros G. Prassas
  • David L. Kelley
  • Nancy L. Pike

Abstract

The recent rapid growth of the sport of gymnastics may be based, among other factors, on its versatility. Gymnasts attempt to win points in each of the various events by combining certain skills into spectucular eye pleasing routines. However, while the sport's governing body gives the athlete considerable freedom to choose or develop the appropriate skills for a particular routine, it also imposes certain restrictions. One of those restrictions is that routines on the floor, rings, and parallel bars should include a press handstand, i.e. a gymnastic skill requiring the slow elevation of an individual's body from an initial (usually an "L") stationary position to a handstand position. Several variations of press handstands exist depending on body configuration between initial and final positions. One of them, the straight arms/flexed hips press (SAFHP), is the variation most commonly used by gymnasts, and is depicted in Figure 3 (see results).
Published
2008-04-21
Section
Muscle-Skeleton-Mechanics