FORCE COMPARISON OF BACKWARD LONGSWINGS ON HIGH BAR AND UNEVEN PARALLEL BAR

  • Timothy Exell
  • Gareth Irwin
  • David Kerwin

Abstract

This study constitutes the initial phase of ongoing research into the biomechanics of men’s and women’s artistic gymnastics. The backward longswing is a crucial element of all high bar (HB) and uneven parallel bar (UB) routines and is exploited as a means of developing the angular momentum and release parameters required for the successful completion of complex release and re-grasp skills (Witten et al., 1996). Kerwin and Hiley (2003) found that the forces applied at the bar can be estimated to within 7% by analysing the bar displacement.
Published
2007-12-12
Section
Coaching and Sports Activities