BIOMECHANICAL ANALYSIS OF GYMNASTIC BACK HANDSPRING

  • C. Huang
  • G.S. Hsu
Keywords: performance, take-off, kinematics, kinetics

Abstract

The purpose of this study is to compare the kinematics and kinetics of back handspring of skilled and non-skilled performers. Eight gymnasts and eight cheerleaders participted in the study. A JVC 9800 DV camera (60 Hz) was synchronized by using a LED light with a Kistler force platform (600 Hz) to collect the data. The results indicated the peak vertical GRF before take-off for gymnasts and cheerleaders are 2.3 BW and 2.19 BW; and the peak horizontal GRF before take-off are 0.67 BW and 0.53 BW respectively; the gymnasts have greater jump height, take-off center of mass (CM) velocity, horizontal CM velocity at hand push off, hip angle at take-off and longer first phase flight time than the cheerleaders. It suggests that the greater jump height and longer flight time are required for good handspring performance.
Section
Coaching and Sports Activities