Biomechanics of Gymnastics Essay

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Biomechanics of Gymnastics

Biomechanics is the application of mechanical analysis to study body movements, this allows for research and developments into everyday activities. Often time biomechanics is used to study different sports and the movements that an athlete would complete in relation to that sport. One sport that there was a desire to do biomechanical research was Gymnastics. Gymnastics is a sport that incorporates full body movements, to better understand the body movements’ biomechanical studies are used. These studies allow for research to be done into how the body moves for a specific movement, then the movement can be optimized being able to improve a gymnasts skills. Also these biomechanical analyses can help understand
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The Rings
The Rings include two wooden rinds that are attached to fabric which connects to wires; these wires are connected usually to the ceiling at gym. The Parallel Bars (PB)
The Parallel bars are an event that includes two wooden bars, each supported on either side of the bar. The two bars are set a distance apart, with both bars being the same height.
The Parallel Bars (PB)
The Parallel bars are an event that includes two wooden bars, each supported on either side of the bar. The two bars are set a distance apart, with both bars being the same height.

The High Bar (HB)
The High bar is an event that includes one wooden bar, supported on either side of the bar. The bar is at a set height.
The High Bar (HB)
The High bar is an event that includes one wooden bar, supported on either side of the bar. The bar is at a set height.

For a single competition a gymnasts will complete all of the events specified to their gender. Each gymnast prepares an original routine for competitions. In addition to understanding the events that are apart of gymnastics it is important to understand the terminology commonly used in gymnastics. Most of this terminology relates to the moves that gymnasts complete during their routines for competitions. A few terms to understand are somersaults and twisting. Somersaults are a

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