What is a Handspring

Gymnastics is a familiar sport which involves performing of exercises that require flexibility, physical stamina, agility and balance. Among the various moves performed by the men and women, handspring also constitutes an important part. Not only that, but handspring is also associated with acrobatics and cheerleading activities.

Handspring is basically an acrobatic move wherein a person performs the move by taking a revolution of the whole body by pouncing from head, from an upright position, onto the hands and immediately springing off from the floor with the help of hands to come back to the upright position. Handspring can be performed either forward or backward known as front handspring or a back handspring. Back handspring is comparatively challenging because the acrobat is not aware as to where his or her hand would land and from which position, he or she has to spring back to the upright position. Therefore quite a bit of practice is required before the performance.

Performing any gymnastic or acrobatic move requires immense practice along with the skill for which physical strength is a must. The practice sessions should always been done on mats rather than floor, where the chances of getting injured is more. It is ideal to practice with the help of your instructor so that any wrong moves could be corrected, as well as care could be taken to avoid possible danger or injuries while falling. Here are some tips for the learners who have just begun with handsprings.

  • To begin with, the hands while landing on the floor must be as hard as you could, of course without hurting so that a proper momentum is gained.
  • Care should be taken not to fold the hands at the elbow which could restrict the height you want to reach.
  • Immediately use your hands to spring off without delay. This helps in a better landing which is another important aspect in handspring.
  • Also avoid turning your torso while doing your front handspring which could mess up the whole performance.
  • Never stop while running and do enough practice to come up from a back bend.

Finally any acrobatic activity involves a moderate degree of risk which could be sore back, legs, wrist and knees, and sometimes major injuries of breaking your neck or hands. Therefore don’t ever try these on your own. Always have a spotter around to monitor your moves. But yes, once mastered, you can show the beauty of flexibility in your body which is well entertained and motivated by major chunk of population.