Definition: Back Handspring

Back Handspring: A tumbling move where a gymnast takes off from one or two feet, jumps backward onto the hands and lands on the feet.  This skill can be done as a step-out skill (the most common method on beam) or landed on two feet.  Round-off back handsprings are the basis for almost all back tumbling skills.  Back handsprings are also called a Flip-Flop or Flic-Flac.
back handsprings can be done on floor or beam. Back handsprings and round-off back handsprings are a real milestone skill for gymnasts.

Round-off Back Handspring Animation

Back Handsprings on Beam

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3 Responses to “Definition: Back Handspring”

  1. Coach Howard August 31, 2011 at 2:18 pm #

    The article to which this comment is linked is a little disingenuous, because it mentions catastrophic accidents happening as a result of more tumbling in the sport of cheerleading. Almost all catastrophic accidents in cheerleading come from cheerleaders dropping fliers, not from tumbling. The article also, to my thinking, way overemphasizes drills for learning back handsprings and building the strength for back handsprings. If you want to get strong enough to do back handsprings do efficient strength training, like weightlifting. If you want to learn back handsprings, still the quickest and most efficient way to learn them is to be spotted on them all the way through. The overall message of the article is about safety, which is certainly necessary in the sport of cheerleading at this point in time, which is currently at the top of the list for most dangerous women’s sports.

  2. Alessandra September 21, 2015 at 11:37 pm #

    I did a back handspring on a mat with no spot and I can nearly do it on a floor beam


  1. Tumble Safe! « the world of cheerleading - August 31, 2011

    […] Coaches should ensure athletes progress skills from simple tumbling skills to more complex. It is important to practice basic skills and lead up drills to ensure safety. The following video is one example of lead up drills for a back handspring. […]

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