Research papers

 

The use of a dual-task paradigm to identify superior sensory organisation ability in rhythmic gymnasts. Yeh TT, Chang HY, Ju YY, Chen HY. J Sports Sci. 2018 Nov 13:1-7.

  • Better visual utilization of sensory organisation ability in rhythmic gymnasts is apparent only when a sensory organization test is performed with an arithmetic task.
  • Coaches could use the dual-task paradigm for talent identification or diagnostic assessment of sensory organisation ability.

The relative contribution of physical fitness to the technical execution score in youth rhythmic gymnastics. Donti O, Bogdanis GC, Kritikou M, Donti A, Theodorakou K. J Hum Kinet. 2016 Jul 2;51:143-152.

  • Active sideways leg extension was the best predictor of the technical execution score
  • Active sideways leg extension: Gymnasts stood upright, slightly supporting one hand on the ‘barre’ and lifted the contralateral leg bringing it sideways and upwards as close to the trunk as possible. Both legs remained stretched and the torso was kept upright. The angle between the two legs was measured.

Motor Learning as Young Gymnast’s Talent Indicator. di Cagno A, Battaglia C, Fiorilli G, Piazza M, Giombini A, Fagnani F, Borrione P, Calcagno G, Pigozzi F. J Sports Sci Med. 2014 Dec 1;13(4):767-73.

  • Precision of motor learning (not directly related to gymnastics) predicts gymnastics performance improvement and the ability to develop it in the next 3 years, rather than the current performance, in young gymnasts.