Dynamic Stretching: The use of a controlled swinging movements through the range of motion of a limb, in order to warm up or increase flexibility. See Active Stretching.
Dislocate: This is a skill in gymnastics, that involves a rotating of the shoulders when performing a backwards turn or movement. Dislocates require a degree of shoulder flexibility to perform.Â On bars, dislocates are often done out of a glide jam. Â Dislocates are also done on rings.
Bridge: Another term for a backbend in which the body forms an arch, supported by the hands and feet. Ideally, the arms and legs should be straight and close together. It is often done starting by lying on the floor, bending the knees up with the feet on the floor and then pushing up with […]
Ballistic Stretching: The use of momentum or “bouncing” to force a limb beyond its range of motion in order to warm up or increase flexibility. Examples of ballistic stretching would be leg swings or bouncing in splits. Such stretches may lead to injury if the body is not thoroughly warmed up, but if done carefully […]
Active Stretching: An example of this method of active flexibility stretching is doing high kicks with the leg.Â This is the type of flexibility exercise has more potential for muscle tears and soreness than passive or partner stretching, which is the practice of having a relaxed limb moved beyond its normal range of motion with the […]
Subject: Back Walk-over Problem My daughter has been in gymnastics for four years. She has struggled with a correct back walk-over during the entire time. She has to go into a back bend and then kick over. Do you have any suggestions to get her to do it correctly and how I can help her. […]