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High Jump Curve: Difficult And Critical


The High Jump Curve: How To Run.


After a high jumper runs the straightaway and hits the half-way mark, they have to run the high jump curve. “Big deal,” says the novice observer who thinks the high jumper just runs around a semi-circle?

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High Jump Penultimate Step


High Jump Penultimate Step And Its Mystery.


What is controversial and misunderstood by high jumpers and coaches?Β  The high jump penultimate step of course! Coaches see the second-to-last step differently and have different opinions about its purpose.

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High Jump Drills – Part 1: The Building Blocks Of Success

High jump drills strengthen and prepare the body for correct movements and angles during the high jump. Drills and practice train the body through repetition to perform.

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High Jump Takeoff: Time For Flight

High Jump Takeoff – The Jumper Must Jump!


When does a high jumper realize if the jump will be successful?Β High jump takeoff is when a high jumper knows the truth. Furthermore, takeoff is time for blast off and the culmination of everything the jumper did in the approach will soon be realized during the launch.Embed from Getty Images

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High Jump Run-Up: Great β€œWheels” Keep On Turning

High Jump Run-Up: High Jump Basics.


With track and field high jump, a type of running form is necessary to deliver results in the high jump run-up. The running form is a high jump technique and should be part of high jump practice.

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High Jump Waggle

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High Jump Waggle Momentum Starts Before The Approach.


Every jumper goes through a funny high jump waggle or pre-movement to start the approach. This happens after the jumper sees the jump. It also happens before the jumper begins the straightaway part of the J approach. Continue reading “High Jump Waggle”

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High Jump Rhythm – The Language of Flight

High Jump Rhythm – Just Like Dancing.


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The music starts with the audience in the form of hand claps. The dancer is the athlete who morphs his or her shoes, legs, hips, and body into the desired gyrations on the approach runway.  The gyrations are high jump rhythm approach running. They are critical for the athlete to get the tempo, pace, and rhythm correct to be successful. Continue reading “High Jump Rhythm – The Language of Flight”

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J Approach: β€œJ” Doesn’t Always Mean Jump

The J Approach Uses A “J” Shape.

The high jump approach accumulates energy in order to move momentum upward. Additionally, the shape of the approach is important because physics says the shape contributes to lift. The shape of the approach is called the J approach because it looks like a “J”.

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High Jump Approach Importance

High Jump Approach Importance, About 90%.

The high jump approach importance is almost everything. When you get the approach run right, 90% of the high jump work is complete.  While your hips clear the crossbar, know the effort came from the approach.  Furthermore, immediately upon feeling the high jump pit hit the back of your neck, notice the effort came from the approach. Finally, after you leap into the air in celebration, appreciate the effort came from the approach! Continue reading “High Jump Approach Importance”