Most Of The High Jump Is The Approach Run The high jump approach is approximately 90% of the high jump. Almost all of what a high jumper needs to do to clear the bar happens in the approach. Once a jumper is air-born, they become a projectile and there is little to do to change […]
90% represents how much of the whole high jump process that is the approach run. The approach run includes the waggle. It includes the start and the straightaway. It finally includes the curve and the takeoff.
A high jumper should focus on the approach elements and the rest of the jump is easy because most of the work is finished in the approach run.
The approach run also includes elements like envisioning and visualizing the jump. That means the imagination is involved and used to reinforce technique.
Marking the approach run is also part of the 90%. Where a jumper marks the waggle, where the straightaway starts, and where the curve starts are the marks.