All you need to know about Acrosport
Definition: what is acrosport?
Acrosport is a collective sport that combines acrobatic gymnastics, dance and theater. It is practiced in teams with acrobatic figures performed by several people and can be practiced at different levels, from leisure to high level competition in duet, trio, quartet and quintet. Acrosport can be practiced by children, adolescents and adults. It is important that participants be in good physical condition and that they have confidence in their partners in order to execute acrobatic figures in complete safety. The main objective of acrosport is to create an original show, with several participants, intended to produce an emotion for the spectators.
What are the three roles of acrosport?
There are three main roles in acrosport, complementary and specific, all of which contribute to the successful execution of the performance.
- The porter is the person who supports the other team members during the acrobatic figures. He must have good physical strength and coordination to maintain his balance and stability during the acrobatic figures.
Important: A carrier must always maintain at least two points of contact with the ground. It is also possible for several carriers to carry together one or several acrobats.
- The outfielder, put forward by the carrier, is the person who is projected or who jumps during the acrobatic figures. He must have a good coordination, a good agility and a good balance to carry out the acrobatic figures in full safety.
Important: The spotter must never have more than two points of contact with the ground and must ensure that he always has a good grip on the carrier (shoulders, knees and pelvis).
- The spotter allows the action of the fielder in full safety for the fielder and the carrier by helping to support his partners during the most difficult acrobatic figures. He must have a good understanding of support techniques and a good reaction to help prevent accidents.
Important: a spotter always has his hands free, to prevent falls and to intervene quickly if the acrobat loses his balance.
The good coordination of these roles ensures the individual safety (postures of the carrier, movements of the acrobat, protection of the spotter) and collective by their synergy in the construction of the figures.
Acrosport: What are the safety rules?
What equipment is needed to practice acrosport?
- Training mats are used to cushion falls, so it is important to place mats side by side (three mats for every two or four participants) of sufficient thickness to provide adequate protection.
- For safe and effective acrosport practice, it is important that participants wear appropriate clothing. It is recommended to wear comfortable sportswear that allows maximum freedom of movement, as well as sports shoes or to practice barefoot. It is also important to wear tight-fitting, non-slip clothing, keep hair tied back and not wear jewelry or zippers that could cause injury.
Acrosport: What are the hand holds?
Knowing the different hand holds is a key element to success in acrosport, here are the most used holds:
Reciprocal wrist grip: This grip is used for basic acrobatic tricks, it consists of grabbing the other person’s wrists with both hands, it allows to support each other and control the other person’s position.
Fist on hand control: This hand hold is used for more advanced acrobatic tricks, it consists of grabbing the other person’s wrist with one hand and placing the other hand on the back of the other person’s hand, forming a fist. This grip allows you to control the other person’s position and give him or her strength to perform the movements.
The elbow hold: This hold is used for acrobatic tricks on the ground, it consists in catching the elbows of the other person, this hold allows you to support each other and to control the position of the other person.
Four-handed hold: This hold is used for acrobatic figures in team, it consists in seizing the hands of several people at the same time.
Acrosport: What are the support areas?
When practicing acrosport, it is important to know the areas of support on the carrier to ensure the safety and stability of the acrobatic figures.
The forbidden zones are the middle of the thigh and the back of the partner because this can cause pain and injury to the carrier. Hands on the shoulders or pelvis and feet on the upper thighs or knees are solid areas and ensure the stability of the figures.
Acrosport is an ideal sport activity for school children to develop their motor skills, including coordination, self-confidence and balance. This is why it is taught to children and teenagers in physical education classes. This sport offers a lot of fun and entertainment, which makes it a perfect activity for young people.