A comparison of a tucked back somersault between novice and experienced acrobatic gymnasts: an inertial measurement approach

Bradley, Eddie, Harrington, Kristie and Tiffin, Chloe (2020) A comparison of a tucked back somersault between novice and experienced acrobatic gymnasts: an inertial measurement approach. In: ISBS Proceedings Archive. Northern Michigan University.

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Abstract

The purpose of the case study was to analyse and compare the kinematics of a backward somersault in acrobatic gymnasts. Four acrobatic gymnasts aged between 8-17 years participated in the study, as two paired partnerships. Kinematic data during a backwards tucked somersault were collected using an XSens Inertial system and whole-body joint angular kinematics were compared between experienced and novice gymnasts. Findings indicate that experienced gymnast produced slightly greater knee flexion and an increased ROM through the take-off phase and a greater adduction/abduction movement during arm swing throughout the somersault. The novice gymnast produced a higher range of flexion/extension and internal/external rotation in the shoulder during the preparation and take-off phases. This indicates that training should focus on developing temporal movement efficiency to enhance effective progression of acrobatic gymnasts.

Item Type: Book Section
Additional Information: Copyright NMU 2020 all rights reserved. For more information see https://commons.nmu.edu/isbs/policies.html#rights
Subjects: Sciences > Sport Sciences
Divisions: Faculty of Health Sciences and Wellbeing > School of Nursing and Health Sciences
Depositing User: Eddie Bradley
Date Deposited: 16 Sep 2020 08:29
Last Modified: 16 Sep 2020 08:29
URI: http://sure.sunderland.ac.uk/id/eprint/12555
ORCID for Eddie Bradley: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0003-3518-3305

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