Acrobats are men and women who turn handsprings and somersaults, throw each other around, jump, and do other tricks requiring strength and skill. They perform in circuses, on the stage, and on television shows. Years of prac­tice and good teamwork are needed to make a fine acrobat. The tricks done by acrobats are called acrobatics. The chief kinds of acrobat are: Tumblers and leapers. They turn handsprings and somersaults (but all acrobats can do that very well). The tumblers and leapers also train them­selves to jump in the air, turn one or more somersaults in midair, and land either on their feet or on their backs. It would seem that when they land on their backs they would be hurt, but they are not because they land at ex­actly the right point and are rolling as they do so, so that no part of the body hits the floor or the ground too hard. Balancers.

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