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Activity Discussion Science & Technology Balance beam work in gymnastics

  • Tinkle

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    The balance beam is one of the four artistic gymnastics events for women. Here’s a brief overview of how the balance beam works:

    The balance beam is a raised, padded horizontal bar that is 4 inches wide and 16 feet long. Gymnasts perform a routine on the beam consisting of a series of acrobatic elements, dance skills, jumps, and turns.

    The key aspects of the balance beam are:

    ->Balance and Control: Gymnasts must maintain precise balance and control as they move across the narrow beam, which is only 4 inches wide. This requires tremendous core strength, coordination, and focus.

    ->Acrobatic Skills: The routine includes a variety of acrobatic skills like back handsprings, aerial cartwheels, and dismounts. These showcase the gymnast’s power, flexibility, and aerial awareness.

    ->Connections: Gymnasts must connect the acrobatic and dance elements smoothly, flowing from one skill to the next without pauses or breaks in rhythm.

    ->Dismount: The routine ends with a complex dismount, often involving twists and somersaults, where the gymnast lands safely on the floor.

    Gymnasts are judged on the difficulty, execution, and composition of their balance beam routine. Maintaining balance and control on the narrow beam is considered one of the most challenging events in women’s gymnastics.

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