November 30, 2007, Newsletter Issue #92: It Gets Easier

Tip of the Week

To beginning jumpers, triple jump technique may at first feel awkward and different than other running or even jumping events. However, if they are going to excel at triple jumping and remain injury-free, proper triple jump technique is essential.

As a coach and an athlete, for the triple jump approach, keep in mind: posture should be similar to that of sprinting – neutral head and pelvis position with center of mass slightly behind ground contact of the foot, ankle should be stabilized and dorsiflexed prior to impact, do not “grab” or “claw” at the ground – think of “catching” and “pushing” off from the ground.

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