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With so much in the media recently about students falling during competitions due to not understanding the mechanism behind the wraps of aerial silks, I have decided to share my exploration of wraps, in hope to educate others in our sport!
Aerial Dreaming prides itself on safety and ensuring our students understand the mechanism behind the wraps and how they work.
So, our journey begins at the humble Star Drop. How many people out there understand the basics of this drop? We would love to hear your thoughts! Please comment below if you knew or didn't know the mechanisms prior to this blog post.
The Humble Star Drop
For many students, this is the first sideways falling drop you will encounter. Its a fun little drop that does lead into further larger drops, drop stacking, and many slack drops.
We begin by straddling and hooking the same side leg, wrapping behind our back, and wrapping the opposite leg, thus creating our "catchers wrap".
Image 1 (above): Catchers Wrap
From this position we release our top leg (in this case my right) and land in a thigh hitch. The rolling mechanism will come from the wrap behind our back. As soon as we release the leg, gravity will unravel us to roll into the hitch. I've tried to demonstrate here the simple wrap around my thigh that stops the rolling momentum.
Image 2 (above): Release of top leg (right leg)
Image 3 (above): Thigh Hitch
When we wrap our tummy in this wrap, we create an extra safety lock around our back. As you can see the thigh hitch remains the same and is the mechanism that stops us rolling. The only other benefit at this stage for our tummy wrap is to help us balance in the final landing position, as this wrap does support our abdominals and lower back. When we land without the wrap, most of us will tend to be more top heavy. As we progress into harder drops the tummy wrap does have different importance.
Image 4 (above): Catchers Wrap with Tummy Wrap
Image 5 (above): Landing position with tummy wrap
The thigh hitch on its own will also rely on us holding onto the tail as we drop to ensure the lock closes.
Image 6 (above): Thigh hitch landing - without tummy wrap
Image 7 (above): Thigh hitch landing - without tummy wrap
Hopefully you can see from image 7, that is we let go of our tail and grab the post, the wraps will completely undo.
We hope this information has been useful and we hope that more aerialists understand the wraps of all the drops we are performing, teaching or training.
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