December 7, 2007, Newsletter Issue #93: Put Some Power Into It

Tip of the Week

After you leave the board there will be swinging movements in the air during the three jump phases. Triple jump technique points for athletes and coaches to keep in mind: the free leg should swing powerfully through a large range of motion with a somewhat straight leg so that heel recovery height is low overemphasizing knee lift in the free leg swing is a mistake.

Single or double arm action may be used through the jump phases, but should be swung powerfully and through a large range of motion. The free leg swing is important for horizontal velocity, but much more important because it helps maintain the proper pelvic alignment so that the jumper may make contact in with the ground through each phase in the optimal position to move through the next phase. Forward or backward lean in any of the phases is a common error that should be avoided.

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