Date of Award


Degree Type

Honors Paper


Liberal Studies


The study of body mechanics has been around for ages, starting with Eadweard Muybridge, who studied body mechanics through cinematographic pictures. Understanding how the human body moves is important to many people, but especially to physical educators, for they are responsible for teaching young children and young adults how to perform specific sports motions. Ideally, physical educators should use cinematographic pictures to understand deeply the correct sequence of movements to execute the move, rather than attempting a trial and error type instruction. This thesis analyzes the execution of front handsprings cinematographically to determine the correct sequence of moves to execute a front handspring successfully.



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