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Some people who arent arent educated about cheerleading or gymnastics may think that back handsprings and back tucks have no real differences but that is wrong There are many differences and similarities between a back-handspring and a back tuckFirst off it is called a back handspring because of the use of your hands during the flip For example when I was first being taught how to do a backhand spring I didnt use my hands and ended up hitting my face against the mat ending up with a nice quarter size rug burn on my forehead So you start off in a position much like you would if you were going to sit down in a chair knees bent at 90-degree angle Bringing your hands out in front of you with your hands facing out like your telling someone to stop A back-hand spring has a lot to do with your legs thats were you get all your power to flip backwards much like a back tuck Next your going to squat a bit and as you do this you want to bring you hands back Once your hands hit your ears you want to bring your head back with it being mindful not to whip you head back before your hands hit your ears This is where the two become different although your main goal is to flip backwards in a back handspring you want to arch your back like a rainbow having your hands be the first to hit the mat Once your hands hit the mat you want to snap up having your hands above your head to complete the flip On to back tucks With back tucks you altimently have the same goal to flip over but there are a few changes you need to make before flipping over Fist you start off much like you would with a back handspring sitting position with arms out in front of
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