Springboard and Platform Diving Patterns

Cassie Anderson


Science of Diving
Springboard diving has many elements of science. A lot of diving has to deal with energy. Energy is transferred from the diver pressing the diving board down and the energy that is stored from the divers push is then shifted over into the diving board pushing the diver up into the air. (Wang, 2008)
Another factor of science is the fulcrum of a diving board. A fulcrum is a wheel that is located in the middle of the diving board that gives the board more or less bounce. The fulcrum rotates towards the end of the board by the spinning motion directed by the diver’s feet allowing for the board to have less bounce and more resistance. If the fulcrum is rotated towards the end of the board the diving board has more bounce and less resistance. With the weight of the diver and the positioning of the fulcrum it gives the diver momentum and the maximum amount of energy. Mathematical equations can be, used to find the time of the diving board going down and then up when movement is directed by the athlete.
Science can be incorporated with a lot of mathematical equations and formulas that can be taught to older kids and incorporated into story problems. Science also incorporates a lot of physics. There are rotations and inertia elements of diving which can also be calculated through formulas and incorporated in the classroom. (UNC-CH)
Taking a step back from diving you could also look into the science of water. What water is made up of and its elements. Diving has many elements of science some directly linked towards diving and some that are a little further away that can help kids understand more of the patterns.

Social Sciences of Diving
The sport of diving has many social science aspects. You can look into the history of diving and how the technique has changed throughout the years and how those Metapatterns play a part to it. A timeline of diving could be incorporated, addressing the origin of diving and how historical factors affected the Olympics throughout the years. The United States have also had several Americans that have taken home gold medals and you can look into bibliographies of these people. The acceptance of women within athletics incorporated in Title 9 is a major social factor to diving.

Art of Diving
The art of diving can have many emotional triggers whether physical or non-physical. Through watching or diving yourself there can be many different creative representations taken from it. The art of diving is shown in museums such as the International Swimming Hall of fame located in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. These museums have pictures and sculptures of others artistic interpretations of water sports throughout our history. (ISHOF)

Architecture of Diving
The design of springboard and platform diving boards is key to the sport of diving. Patterns of materials and structures of platforms are important. You have to look into the sturdiness and accuracy of the structure and its ability to give the athlete the best performance. You can incorporate the accuracy of structures into classrooms and how if they are not the same they can have different implementations on an athlete’s performance. You also have to make sure that the design of the diving boards fit to regulations of the sport.

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