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Front Tuck

This element, also known as a front somersault, or a “front flip,” is used most often in the floor exercise.  From a run or other forward moving element, the gymnast springs forward-upward, in a stretched position.  As the body begins to rotate forward, the gymnast tucks the knees, and the result is accelerated rotation.  The body flips forward, and the legs and hips straighten to arrive at the ground.  The most common mistake when executing a Front Tuck is to throw the head down toward the ground.  Instead, be sure to force the body upward, with a neutral head, and a strong “punch” on the floor.

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