Acrobatic Gymnastics (ACRO) officially joined the FIG in 1999. Practised by men and women alike, dynamic Sports Acrobatics are among the oldest known disciplines. The sport was practised as early as the ancient Egyptian period, as we can see in certain frescos. Its name comes from the Greek acrobateo, meaning to rise or go forth. The discipline requires courage and stamina while demanding flexibility and skill. Exercises are accompanied by music, harmoniously in keeping with gymnasts’ choreography, body movements and musical culture. 2020-2021 Acrobatic Technical Handbook
Acrobatic Gymnastics (ACRO) favours body control in various positions, both on the ground and in the air. For this reason, the sport is welcomed and very often included in the training programme of pilots, cosmonauts and parachutists. Acrobatics is practised as Men’s, Women’s or Mixed Pairs, as Women’s Groups (3 gymnasts) or as Men’s Groups (4 gymnasts). Time allowed for each exercise is 2:30. The floor area measures 12 x 12 meters. The exercises must include a harmonious combination of choreography, collective acrobatic elements (holds, throws, catches) and individual acrobatic elements (floor acrobatic series), all in perfect synchronization.
Here is a sample of routines from the five disciplines in Acrobatic Gymnastics:
Acrobatic Gymnastics Document
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