The Effect of Two Different Take Offs on Split Leap and Stag Leap with Ring Parameters in Rhythmic Gymnastics

Sezen Çimen Polat 1 *

Pedagogical Research, Volume 3, Issue 4, Article No: 13.

https://doi.org/10.20897/pr/3905

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Abstract

This study was conducted to examine and compare the parameters of leaps executed with two different take offs in rhythmic gymnastics. 15 rhythmic gymnasts competing in novice category (age: 7.6±0.7 years old; training age: 2.3±1.2 years; height: 120.4±2.4 cm; weight: 20.45±0.9 kg) participated in the study. The selection of the elements of split leap and stag leap with ring was based on ‘Rules of Procedure on Rhythmic Gymnastics’. The leaps were first executed with take off from one foot and then with take off from two feet. Gyko Inertial System (Microgate, Bolzano, Italy) and Optojump (Microgate, Bolzano, Italy) measurement tool were used to assess t flight, height, mean distance, velocity and total power of the leaps. SPSS 23 package program was used for the statistical analysis of data. Shapiro-Wilk test was performed to find out whether the data showed normal distribution while Mann-Whitney U test was performed to compare the groups. Statistical level of significance was accepted as p<0.05. The analysis indicated that t flight, height, velocity and total power results for the split leap performed with take off from 1 foot were significantly higher than the split leap performed with take off from 2 feet (p<0.05). As for stag leap with ring, a significant difference was observed in time of flight (t-flight) and velocity values of the leap executed with the two different take offs (p<0.05). At the end of the study, it was found that while performing split leap and stag leap with ring elements, gymnasts displayed a better performance with take off from single foot compared to take off from both feet. In light of these results, it is suggested to encourage rhythmic gymnasts in novice category perform technical training with take off from 1 foot during groundwork training.

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rhythmic gymnastics, leap, training

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Çimen Polat S. The Effect of Two Different Take Offs on Split Leap and Stag Leap with Ring Parameters in Rhythmic Gymnastics. Pedagogical Research. 2018;3(4):13. https://doi.org/10.20897/pr/3905

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