Human movement science is searching for ways to capture global dynamics of our complex multi-segment system. The aim of this study was to explore differences in a limit cycle representation of longswings on high bar as a function of skill level. One elite international, one collegiate, and one novice gymnast performed four consecutive longswings on high bar. Through the novel representation of the longswing as a limit cycle, and exploration of the limit cycle characteristics, it is shown that higher frequency, more phase coherent oscillations, and lower limit cycle variability occurs as a function of skill level. It is suggested that this candidate collective variable be explored as a global indicator of skill level and learning that can provide insight into the efficiency of the mechanical system.
Williams, Genevieve K.R.; Vicinanza, Domenico; Irwin, Gareth; and Newell, Karl M.
"LIMIT CYCLE REPRESENTATION OF THE GYMNASTICS LONGSWING,"
ISBS Proceedings Archive: Vol. 35
, Article 37.
Available at: http://commons.nmu.edu/isbs/vol35/iss1/37