The review of video footage by a biomedical engineer suggested spinal and neck fractures were mainly caused by the rider s head hitting the turf after taking a forward dive
off the horse into the track.
Their first dive, a 101B forward dive
pike, scored the first ten of the competition from one of the execution judges.
The final try summed up the game with penetrating runs by Kieran Watkins and Rhys Evans being brought up short but excellent follow-up play by David Caldwell saw the rampaging forward dive
over to score, the try converted by Matthew Vaughan.
It was then that I realised how fine the line is between bravery and madness, when one of our party tried a forward dive
Having successfully passed this test I was taken gently through the basic jumps; straight, tucked and piked, off the poolside and then allowed to attempt a simple forward dive
tuck off the board.
A shell then flipped us over and we were sent into a forward dive
They are the 101 or forward dive
- this is the conventional dive where the diver faces the front.
I was fine at forward dives
but struggled with backwards ones.
With a laugh, Martin, who talked about forward dives
, doubles, double front flips and a special inward 1-1/2, admitted, "Belly flops hurt a lot.
While the five dive groups were nearly equally represented in the total number of dives, 57% of forward dives
were performed in rounds 1-4, 42% of back dives in rounds 1 and 2, 47% of reverse dives in rounds 7-9, 58% of inward dives in rounds 3, 4, 6 and 7, and 44% of twisting dives were performed in rounds 9-11 ([c.