Do gymnasts experience symmetrical limb loading when performing foundation gymnastics skills?

Rhiannon Campbell, Elizabeth Bradshaw, Nick Ball, Wayne Spratford, Adam Hunter

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    Abstract

    Uneven asymmetrical landings in artistic gymnastics is considered a risk factor for injury. The aim of this research was to investigate if gymnasts experience asymmetrical upper and lower limb loading when performing foundation gymnastics skills on floor. Sixteen competitive level gymnasts (male= 8, female= 8) performed seven different gymnastics skills while wearing four inertial measurement units located bilaterally on the distal forearm and tibias. Every gymnastics skill showed significant inter-limb asymmetry (range z= -5.8, -6.0, p<0.001) and every gymnast demonstrated intra-limb variability for at least one gymnastics skill. However, the level of asymmetry observed varied between skills and also gymnasts, meaning individual screening is needed to identify gymnasts, limbs and skills that may be at a higher risk for injury.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publication37th International Society of Biomechanics in Sport Conference, Oxford, OH, United States, July 21-25, 2019
    EditorsMeredith Stutz, William Berg
    PublisherRoutledge
    Pages157-160
    Number of pages4
    Publication statusPublished - 2019
    Event37th International Conference on Biomechanics in Sports: International Conference on Biomechanics in Sport - Miami University, Oxford, United States
    Duration: 21 Jul 201925 Jul 2019
    https://isbs2019.org/

    Publication series

    NameSports Biomechanics
    PublisherRoutledge
    Number1
    Volume37
    ISSN (Print)1476-3141
    ISSN (Electronic)1752-6116

    Conference

    Conference37th International Conference on Biomechanics in Sports
    Abbreviated titleISBS 2019
    Country/TerritoryUnited States
    CityOxford
    Period21/07/1925/07/19
    Internet address

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