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 2020 CONFERENCE PROCEEDINGS. ISBS Proceedings Archive, 38 (1). 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: ISBS Conference 2020; Liverpool, UK. Papers were not formally presented although members were invited to upload their presentation to the ISBS YouTube channel. There were at least two independent reviewers for each paper. 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 Oct 2020 13:49
Last Modified: 16 Oct 2020 14:00
URI: http://sure.sunderland.ac.uk/id/eprint/12558
ORCID for Eddie Bradley: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0003-3518-3305

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