More Crooked Back Handsprings
likely she is beginning the error in her round-off. Because it is a twisting/flipping
and power generating skill, it is extremely complex, yet often not the
focus of much practice because it's at the beginning of more exciting
skills. Regardless, the way to correct her tumbling is to SEPARATE the
skills and correct them individually.
If her round-off is CONSISTENTLY straight, 10 out of 10
repetitions... (with a 1" or less margin of error, right-to-left)
then the problem is in the handspring. BUT start with the round-off. If
it IS crooked, the error is probably in the hand placement... or she is
ARCHING through the handstand position of the round-off... rather than
ROUNDING (hence the name) her back... through the skill. Make sure her
arms are FIRMLY against her EARS throughout the skill... and that the
head NEVER sticks out from between the arms.
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