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tumblerK

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Crotching the beam on a leap. I'm pretty sure almost every gymnast has done it at least once in their career. Am I right??
 

Tumblequeensmom

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Yep!

My DD "split the beam" really badly last summer... fell off to her side and did NOT move for at least 10 minutes... SCARY!
 

I-Heart-Beam

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Yeah- did it yesterday morning. That is the only way to cheer yourself up on Saturday morning when you really can't be bothered being at gym :p.
 
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yeah, I actually did it in front of one of my guy friends! It was so funny, seeing his face. And then getting right back up.
 

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at least like 20 times....... lol we call it straddling the beam not crotching it..... lol
 

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my whole team has like all these bruises. someone will be like what happened? then we'll just be like oh I was on beam last night lol
 
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NYgymfan

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There are really good reasons why men don't do beam...this is one of them ;).

Just the thought of it is painful enough...
 
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ya umm i did it and my leg turned purple the next day i had a meet and the burse matched my purple leos i got compliments
 

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I never did it on a leap....but I did it coming down from a handstand hahaha.
 
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LasswadeCoach

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Splitting the beam on a leap results from twisted hips, if the hips are squint in splits on the floor, they will be quint in the air. This causes the body to lean to one side and therefore the gymnast splits the beam

Another common cause of this is gymnasts with inturned feet, if a gymnast lands on the beam with a turned in foot they can split the beam.
 

a_gymnast_forever

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about two weeks ago I straddled the beam on a side aerial. well I guess it was more of a butt slide :) It was on a friday before a meet. I was like great! lol I had hit my butt, my hamstring, my shin, and hurt my thumb. lol my shin was all bruised up. Luckily my aerial is right before my dismount. so I just got back up and did my dismount. I was just laughing through it because before my fall my routine was like really good. with the fall my coach judged me at about a 9.35.
 

mmmom

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How about falling and straddling the beam which resulted in a broken tail bone and ripped @#%^&$#%@ Most unpleasant!
 

beamqueen40

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YES!!! i've done it so many times, it's not even funny. Every gymanast has to do it some time, or they'll always be afraid of it.
 
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haha yeah i split the beam yesterday... during a left leg split jump, im a righty and my back leg didnt make it all the way
 

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I kind of did once on a regular leap (haven't ever done it on a switch leap) but I basically caught myself. I was an optional at the time too so I have no idea what the heck I was doing. I've split the beam on other things though, flight series mainly. I had a mark on my leg that was visible for like a year after missing my hand on a BHS series.
 
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flippymonkeysmom

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At a meet once we saw a girl do it and since her momentum was still going forward she rolled forward and smacked her face pretty hard on the beam - talk about adding insult to injury :eek:
 

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Worst crotcher I've ever done was when I was doing a full turn with my leg at horizonatol on the high beam. It was gorgeous... except for I missed my foot! I meant to put it beide me, but missed the beam and went right down into a crotcher! Ouch!!! I had bruises on the inside of my legs right to my knees. :eek:
 

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My DD came out of practice one day a year or so ago telling me that she had "crouched the beam." I had no idea what she was talking about, until my friend, who had been watching practice, leaned over and whispered, "She means she 'crotched' the beam." O.K. I got it then, even though I had never heard the term before.
 

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not me........................:)
 
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