A back handspring, also known as a flick or backflip, is a movement originating from gymnastics where it is often used as a linking move in tumbling passes. The move involves performing a backflip with a fully extended body, and whilst upside-down using your hands to push off the ground for extra power.
In both gymnastics and free running, a round-off followed by a back handspring is a common way of gaining speed and momentum to set up for bigger moves, such as a twisting backflip or double backflip, with the help of blocking.
- One handed back handspring
- Only one hand pushes off the ground whilst upside-down
- Back handspring 360
- A 360 twist is performed before the hands reach the ground
- Back headspring
- The head is used to push off the ground instead of hands