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Back Handspring Drills available in book.
Teach it correctly the first time so your athletes can progress rather than repair bad habits!
Every female gymnast will need Dynamic Tumbling Passes and a Strong Flight Series! Teach them correctly the first time with these drills and conditioning exercises!
These drills break down the back handspring and walkover into progressions and easy to understand body positions. We have published both sets of drills in one book because it is imperative that the gymnast master walkovers and limbers prior to learning the back handspring.
Once mastered, a good back handspring can become efficient enough to use as a transition or springboard for more difficult skills!
Gymnasts must master this skill fairly early on their career because the back handspring is in the compulsory routines. Back handsprings have been in the compulsory routines for many years. The author has written and illustrated this gymnastics book because she has seen too many young gymnasts land on their heads at gymnastic competitions because they did not learn the back handspring correctly and they certainly were not ready to safely perform this skill alone, especially during competition!
Karen Goeller has also seen too many optional level gymnasts perform a back handspring on balance beam so poorly that they seemingly bounce off their heads to return to their feet. This is often caused by poor shoulder flexibility, poor timing, or poor body position. This is DANGEROUS and should be avoided. An inefficient back handspring can be corrected over time by learning these drills and performing them frequently and consistently. With these gymnasts you can use the drills in this book as a warm up for their muscles and this will ease the tension that some gymnasts feel when retraining a skill. After performing these gymnastics drills correctly their muscles will become accustomed to forming the correct shapes and movements in the correct sequence. Having them perform the walkover drills will increase their shoulder flexibility and therefore will increase the safety and efficiency of the back handspring as well.
These gymnastic drills help the gymnast learn the correct positioning and timing of the shoulders and core muscles for a safe and efficient back handspring. Don't let your gymnasts land on their heads anymore! Retrain the skill with the gymnasts who have not performed this skill efficiently and teach the new gymnasts the back handspring with these gymnastic drills in order to prevent this dangerous situation. Your gymnasts and their parents will thank you when they see safe back handsprings being performed!
Karen Goeller's recipe for a great back handspring is now available in a gymnastics training book! This gymnastic book includes drills that literally break down the skill into progressions and easy to understand body positions.
These gymnastic drills were used in Karen’s gymnastics club to help produce several successful gymnasts, including NY State Champions and National TOPS Team Athletes. As the owner of a gymnastics club for ten years and a coach for 25, Karen has spent thousands of hours coaching.
After performing these gymnastic drills frequently and consistently the gymnast should become accustomed to forming the correct body shapes for a good back handspring. The gymnast will also know the exact sequence of muscle contractions necessary for a great back handspring which will be useful in tumbling passes and flight series on balance beam. With frequent and consistent training the gymnast should develop very strong and efficient back handsprings, useful for advanced tumbling passes on floor exercise and flight series on balance beam. Once mastered, a good back handspring can become efficient enough to use as a transition or springboard for more difficult skills such as a back tuck, twisting flips, and possibly even a double back!
Reinforce the the correct technique for great skill development, safety, and success!
Once mastered, the back handspring on beam can be performed in a variety of ways such as with a swing down on beam! (Shown here)
These drills are available in the book, Gymnastics Drills... Walkover, Limber, and Back Handspring.
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