I'm 14 years old and I'm under a lot of pressure to get a standing back-handspring
and a round-off back-handspring in LESS than a month before our first
competition! I go to a great gymnastics facility but the only problem
is that my elbows always seem to crack or dislocate whenever I do them.
I was just wondering if there was any specific thing that I may be doing
wrong in order to make my elbows get hurt, and if there were any exercises
you would recommend to make my elbows stronger! Please write back before
the 19th! Thanks.
take time... LOTS and lots of time. The more hours each WEEK that you
apply to learning the skill, the more quickly you'll achieve it safely.
Most likely your elbow trouble is associated with your growth pattern...
which is to say, you'll probably grow out of it. In the mean-time I recommend
that you begin building more strength in the muscles of your upper arms.
That means... do LOTS of handstand push-ups. like 12 at a time
three times a day. Also, chin-ups.
You should have a doctor, nurse or physical therapist check out that elbow
to be safe and recommend some specific strengthening exercises for you.
My 'Better Back-Handsprings' video also has many exercises
to help you achieve your handspring more quickly. Grab a parent and surf
over to my web site together to learn more about it and share your dreams.
have fun, be safe, push hard
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