COMPARISON OF ELBOW ANGLES IN GYMNASTS WITH AND WITHOUT CHRONIC ELBOW PAIN IN HORSE VAULT ROUTINE

  • Yan Qu
  • Peng Liu
  • GuoPing Li
Keywords: horse vault, elbow, chronic strain, video analysis

Abstract

INTRODUCTION: Chronic elbow strain is an injury involving inflammation or fracture which is caused by repeated bending, stretching or rotating of the elbow over along period of time, or by squeezing from external force. When the athlete performs a vault dismount, the external force passes through his/her hands to the elbows, causing variations in elbow position. Therefore, the action of the elbow is crucial to vault routine. When the incorrect or irregular movement of elbows repeated again and again, it might cause chronic elbow strain. The purpose of this study was to identify the relationship between elbow angle and elbow strain when performing two major movements in vault.