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Loughborough University

Sports Biomechanics and Motor Control Research Group


The longswing to still handstand is a key element of a competitive rings exercise. The forces on the gymnast are around twice those in a giant circle on high bar but are limited because of the elasticity of the rings equipment and the technique used by the gymnast. The difficulty in reaching a completely motionless handstand is a consequence of the marked sensitivity to timing the joint angle changes in the second half of the movement.


Longswing from the front:
longswing - front view

Longswing from the side:
longswing- side view



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