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Here you can access the proven training techniques to develop championship heights and distances in the jumping events.

This section covers the long jump, high jump, triple jump and pole vault.

JumpsTraining Articles:

Teaching the Long Jump to Young JumpersLee Taft, CSCS
When introducing a young jumper the event of long jumping it is wise to start with the one thing you know they can do; Run. Make no mistake about it; if the athlete isn’t fast they will never be a great long jumper. Speed is what carries the jumper to…

Long Jump Approach Adarian Barr
The long jump approach is difficult to master. The ability to attain top horizontal speed (velocity) that can be transferred into vertical speed at take-off while maintaining maximum horizontal speed is the difference between a far jump and a not so far jump.

Coaching the Long JumpBoo Schexnayder, LSU
Teaching the long jump involves addressing all the skills in a fashion that orders skills from simple to complex. This is done through several teaching progressions that occur simultaneously. Read More >>

Interview with Chris Bostwick Latif Thomas
USATF III, Miami University (Ohio) Chris Bostwick is another of the elite young coaches that we love to pick the brain of here at Complete Track and Field. The progress that Chris’s athletes make under his watchful eye are truly impressive. Having earned his USATF Level III certification in the sprints, hurdles and relays

High Jump Drills Jim Giroux, MF Athletics, PerformBetter
Before we get into the high jump drills, the high jump has an Approach that contains a transition from linear to a curve. It has a Takeoff that is similar to the long jump, employing a penultimate and takeoff step. Lastly, it has Bar Clearance and Landing in the pit.

Coaching the Triple JumpBoo Schexnayder, LSU
Teaching the triple jumps involves addressing all the skills in a fashion that orders skills from simple to complex. This is done through several teaching progressions that occur simultaneously.

Pole Vault – PreparationLuis M. Rosiles, USATF Lv II
The art of pole vaulting has so many articles and books written from beginners to master vaulters. It is safe to say that pretty much all generally say the same thing: the run, the pole carry, the plant, the drive, the swing, the turn around and the release.

Athletic Warm UpAdarian Barr
Warm up to achieve optimum performance Everyday, athletes are given instructions by coaches to warm-up before practice or before the game. Athletes do a variety of activities to warm-up such as jogging; walking, stretching, performing drills, socializing, or some may do nothing.

Off Season Strengthening of the Sprinter and JumperLee Taft
It doesn’t take an expert coach to figure out the direction a track sprinter and jumper will travel. It is also fairly easy to understand that if sprinting and/or jumping straight ahead are the primary actions to becoming a better sprinter and jumper, then strengthening the muscles that allow the athlete to propel himself forward would be imperative.

Long JumpJim Giroux, MF Athletics/PerformBetter
Regardless of the level your athletes are, to long jump they will need to 1) Accelerate to maximum controllable speed 2) Transition this approach into a takeoff and 3) Land the jump in as efficient a manner as possible.

Long Jump ChecklistPatrick Beith, CSCS, PES, USATF II
Things to look for on proper long jump mechanics.

High Jump Strength Training ProgramTamika Toppin
General Preparation Period strength training program for high jumpers from Collegiate All-American and Olympic High Jump Qualifier Tamika Toppin.


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