DIFFERENCES AT THE IMPULSE PHASE FOR THE FRONT SOMERSAULT ON FLOOR EXERCISE AND ON DIFFERENT TRAMPOLINES

  • M. M. V. Brochado
  • F. A. Brochado
Keywords: front somersault, artistic gymnastics, trampoline

Abstract

The front somersault (FS) on the floor and on the trampoline has been described by several authors, but there are no studies that compare their execution on different apparatuses. Considering that, once airborne, the actions on the trampoline are identical to those for a FS on the floor except that the gymnast has more time at his disposal to perform these actions (Hay, 1978). The present study was designed to analyse only the impulse phase of the FS executed on the floor, trampoline, mini-trampoline and double minitrampoline. On the floor, the double mini-trampoline and mini-trampoline, the somersault is preceded by a small run and a jump to prepare the impulse on both feet. On the trampoline there is no run and the gymnast needs to take off and land on the same spot. The purpose of this study was to verify possible differences in body positioning during the impulse phase of the front somersault on different apparatuses.