Title

The physics of a gymnastics flight element

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

9-1-2009

Abstract

From its inception, performance in the sport of gymnastics has relied on the laws of physics to create movement patterns and static postures that appear almost impossible. In general, gymnastics is physics in motion and can provide an ideal framework for studying basic human modeling techniques and physical principles. Using low-end technology and basic principles of physics, we analyzed a high-end gymnastics skill competed in by both men and women. The comprehensive goal of the examination is to scientifically understand how a skill of this magnitude is actually physically possible and what must a gymnast do to successfully complete the skill. The examination is divided into three sections, each of which is comprehensive enough to be a separate assignment or small group project.

Publication Name

Physics Teacher

Volume Number

47

First Page

355

Last Page

361

Issue Number

6

DOI

10.1119/1.3204116

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