Backward Roll in Gymnastics

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In today’s Physical and Health Education class, we will be learning about Backward Roll in Gymnastics

Backward Roll in Gymnastics

backward roll in gymnastics

While you may be thinking this is about a bread roll or a drum roll, in Gymnastics, there is a Roll and a Backward Roll commonly used in the sport. 

First, let’s consider a roll. 

A roll is the most basic and fundamental skill in gymnastics class. There are many variations in the skill. Rolls are similar to flips in the fact that they are a complete rotation of the body, but the rotation of the roll is usually made on the ground while a flip is made in the air with the hips passing over the head and without any hands touching the ground. Rolls also help recover from a fall safely.

The backward roll is similar to the forward roll, but in reverse. The gymnast starts in a standing position and bends to a squat/sitting position with their arms in front. They then lower and lean back slightly until their bottom reaches the floor. They then continue this momentum and roll over their back onto their shoulders. They should then place their hands next to their shoulders and tuck their head into their chin. The hands then push the floor strongly and straighten their arms and continue to rotate their body over their head. The feet are then placed on the floor and the gymnast stands.

Variations:

  • Backward Roll To Handstand – This is essentially the same as a backward roll, however when the hands make contact with the ground, they straighten fully and the body continues to straighten upwards into a handstand position.
  • Backward Roll On Rings – This is the same movement as a backward roll but it is performed on rings. It can also be used in a combination such as backwards roll to Maltese.
  • Shoulder Roll – This is similar to a backward roll but the roll is performed over one shoulder rather than pushing with the arms and rolling over the head. This is more commonly performed in rhythmic gymnastics, as it is faster and it also protects the hair.

In summary, a backward roll is similar to the forward roll, but in reverse. The gymnast starts in a standing position and bends to a squat/sitting position with their arms in front.

Evaluation

What is meant by a Roll in Gymnastics?

 

Reading Assignment

Explain the Backward Roll on Rings

 

Weekend Assignment

Who is a Gymnast?

 

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