What Goes Down Can Also Go Up

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How do long jumpers get so high in the air?

What Goes Down Can Also Go Up

Prepare to launch yourself! If you want to get off the runway and into the air, you need to first prepare for the takeoff by lowering your center of mass just slightly at the penultimate step. This will set up the jumper to then take the last step and take off the board in a an upward direction with the body's center of mass can move from slightly behind the takeoff foot at the time of ground contact to well past the takeoff foot before the jumper even leaves the ground.



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