THE INFLUENCE OF EXPERIENCE ON FUNCTIONAL PHASE KINEMATICS OF THE LONGSWING

  • G. Williams
  • G. Irwin
  • D. Kerwin
Keywords: gymnastics, high bar, joint kinematics

Abstract

The biomechanics of successful longswings are well understood, however, the influence of experience on execution is not well defined. This study aims to explore functional phase (FP) kinematics during repeated longswings performed by an experienced (E), inexperienced (I) and novice (N) participant. METHODS: Three participants performed five sets of five longswings on a high bar. Data were collected using an automated motion analysis system (CODA CX-1), sampling at 200Hz. Circle angle (θC) was defined by the mass centre to bar vector with respect to the horizontal. Kinematics ofFP’s, defined by maximum shoulder flexion to extension (θCS) and hip extension to flexion (θCH), were analysed duringswing three and four in each set.
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Coaching and Sports Activities