Front tuck flip vs. Back tuck flip
Some things can be compared and contrasted very well because they have a good amount of similarities and differences. A front tuck flip and a back tuck flip are very good examples. You can tell just by their names that they have similarities and differences. The first words “front” and “back” give away the first variation between the two. But, the endings “tuck flip” on both make it clear that there does exist conformity.
A tuck flip is the most basic flip someone can perform. In any acrobatic sport, it has the lowest degree of difficulty. The first comparison one can see is the position that the flip is executed in. A ...view middle of the document...
When they feel that their head is coming back right side up, their legs will open to land.
The process for the back tuck flip differs a little bit. The stance is the same with feet flat and shoulder width apart. Arms start at the sides instead of above the head this time. The jump begins by the arms starting from the sides and circling up above the head and on their way back down to the sides, the squat happens. The knees bend close to a ninety degree angle again. The arms continue on after one full circle and finish above the head. As the arms are going from the sides to the head the second time, the legs will explode to finish the jump. Now, instead of the arms tucking in to the legs, the legs will tuck into the arms. In the front tuck flip, the arms went straight to the legs. The arms have less work with the back tuck flip. The knees will shoot up into the tuck position and basically come straight to the arms. The hands must grab below the knees when they get there and release to land.
Landing is one of the most important parts of a tuck flip because if you don’t land, you can expect to face dive into the floor. The landing is the same for both flips, and is quite simple. As one feels their head coming back around to right side up, they must open out of the tuck to land flat. Keeping your eyes open is very critical for landings. As one see things back to normal, they will snap open their legs straight to hit the floor standing back up. The legs should not be locked out completely because if they come down hard it can injure the knees.
The last physical contrast is the speed of the flip. While you might think that the flips would be completed at the same speed, they will not. The front flip acquires a bit of extra speed from the “chopping” of the arms. The back flip does not have any other power aside from the legs. When the arms chop, they swing the body around in a quicker motion. The leg momentum in the back flip is enough to complete...