Open Access Thesis
Master of Science (MS)
Department or School
Health Promotion and Human Performance
Tony Moreno, Ph.D.
Stephen McGregor, Ph. D.
James Sweet, ATC
High, overuse injury rates to the wrist have been associated with the common mechanism of repetitive hyperextension in weight bearing among gymnasts of all ages. Many gymnasts use wrist supports as prevention; however, literature regarding their ability to reduce injury is not well described. The purpose of this study is to evaluate the effects of Tiger Paw wrist guards and circumferential wrist taping techniques on the kinetics of the wrist during the performance of a back handspring. Vertical Ground Reaction Forces (VGRF) sustained at the hand, time to peak VGRF, and total time of hand contact on the force plate were assessed for each condition per subject. The results indicated no significant difference in the VGRF, time to peak VGRF, and total time of hand contact when comparing the conditions. Further research regarding wrist guard use in gymnastics and additional injury prevention strategies should be evaluated.
Halliday, Salina, "Upper extremity vertical ground reaction forces during the back handspring skill in gymnastics: A comparison of various braced vs. unbraced techniques" (2013). Master's Theses and Doctoral Dissertations. 495.