Is a dive with 1.5 somersaults and 5 twists possible?
Some sport scientists believe it is but that a different arm action would be required. The body would tilt to the point of being near horizontal at one point before untilting for entry into the water.
Read the study by WILLIAM TONG AND HOLGER R. DULLIN – A NEW TWISTING SOMERSAULT – 513XD (PDF)
related – Fred Yeaden – LEARNING HOW TO TWIST FAST (PDF)
The most exciting story out of the 2016 FIG Congress was Fujitsu’s video analysis software that can (finally) determine what skills were performed by a gymnast.
… the FIG Executive Committee is very interested by this idea that would allow the reduction of the number of judges needed for competition. …
Exclusive: Departing FIG President Grandi hails 3D judging technology as “great chance” for his sport
Click PLAY or watch the presentation at FIG Congress on YouTube. Gymnastics starts around the 10min mark.
The faster this technology can be introduced, the better.
Dr. Sands feels many coaches are filling training plans with exercises that do not contribute towards the final goal.
“You need to do those exercises that are important for transfer to your sport. And not much else.“
Unnecessary training is a waste of time and may even contribute to overuse injury.
The number of training hours should cycle over the season and even over the week. Recovery should be better planned.
Listen to Dr. William A. Sands on The Gymnast Care Podcast AUDIO (37 min).
Time magazine described Jenny as the most famous softball player in history. She’s 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m).
No sooner did Finch arrive at the mound than the defensive players behind her sat down. Yankees infielder Aaron Boone took off his glove, lay down in the dirt and used second base for a pillow. Rangers All-Star third baseman Hank Blalock took the opportunity to get a drink of water. They had, after all, seen Finch pitch during batting practice.
As part of the pregame festivities, a raft of major league stars had tested their skill against Finch’s underhand rockets. Thrown from a mound 43 feet away and traveling at speeds above 65 mph, Finch’s pitches take about the same time to reach home plate as a 95-mph fastball does from the standard baseball mound, 60′ 6″ away. A 95-mph pitch is fast, certainly, but routine for pro baseball players. Plus, the softball is larger, which should make it easier to hit.
Nonetheless, with each windmill motion of her arm, Finch had blown all her pitches by the bemused men. When Albert Pujols, one of the greatest hitters of his generation, stepped forward to face Finch during that practice, the other major leaguers crowded around to gawk. …
Click PLAY or watch what happened on YouTube.
Softball hitters are able to hit Jenny. To find out why, click over to Sport’s Illustrated – Why MLB hitters can’t hit Jennie Finch and science behind reaction time
A Gillette World Sport feature.
Click PLAY or watch it on Facebook.
(via Adam Patterson)
MANY told me I MUST read this book. And I finally did get to it.
Very entertaining. And thought provoking.
Are stars like Usain Bolt, Michael Phelps, and Serena Williams genetic freaks put on Earth to dominate their respective sports? Or are they simply normal people who overcame their biological limits through sheer force of will and obsessive training?
In this controversial and engaging exploration of athletic success and the so-called 10,000-hour rule, David Epstein tackles the great nature vs. nurture debate and traces how far science has come in solving it. …
I wouldn’t count on every factoid being correct. He’s out of date on women’s Artistic Gymnastics, for example.
The 10,000-hour rule is quickly debunked, David Epstein repeatedly pointing out that researcher Anders Ericsson NEVER called it a “rule”. If you train Beam seriously for 10,000 hours, your chances of making it to the Olympic Beam final are still infinitesimal.
There’s no controversy. The best of the best have both very specific genetics and excellent training.
If you don’t have time to read this book, you can get a glimpse by watching David Epstein’s TED Talk from 2014 instead – Are athletes really getting faster, better, stronger? (15min)
Read reviews on NY Times and The Guardian.