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Tucking is a technique, used mainly during flips, in which an athlete bends at the knees and hips, pulling their legs as close into their chest as they can[1]. By making the smallest possible shape with their body, they can increase its aerodynamic efficiency, which has two main uses in a free running context:

  • Speeding up the rotation of a flip after the initial jump
  • Reducing air resistance during a running jump to increase the distance travelled

Tucks are normally seen with the legs together, however a common variation is the cowboy tuck, where the legs are split out to each side[1][2]. This is commonly seen in gymnastics, especially in moves such as the triple backflip[3], as it can greatly increase rotation speed if performed correctly, but requires good flexibility.

[edit] Notes

  1. 1.0 1.1 "Gymnastics Positions" drillsandskills.com
  2. "Flip (acrobatic) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia". Wikipedia.org
  3. "YouTube - Triple BackFlips" youtube.com