A New Twisting Somersault
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William Tong is a data analyst at Lorica Health. He was a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow in Health Analytics at the Australian Institute of Health Innovation (AIHI), Macquarie University. His PhD thesis was in coupled rigid body dynamics with application to diving, in which I applied and extended methods from the field of geometric mechanics to analyse platform and springboard diving.

                       

A New Twisting Somersault

The twisting somersault is a visually stunning acrobatic maneuver featured in numerous Olympic sports, such as platform and springboard diving, gymnastics, and aerial skiing. It is therefore not surprising that sports coaches are seeking to gain insight into the biomechanics behind the aerial maneuvers associated with a good somersault, in order to better train their athletes and equip them with a leading edge in competition. The analysis of the twisting somersault poses an interesting problem in classical mechanics. How can...

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