If you’ve read the previous articles on running, you now know that your bodies’ own shock absorbers are of crucial importance.
Whenever I work with clients that want to either get into or- improve their running performance, I test them on multiple abilities.
One of those is their ability to jump. or actually, to land.
By practicing and optimizing your jumping mechanics, you create can learn how to use your ankles, knees, and hips to decelerate impact. It teaches the central nervous system how to make all the different muscles and joints to work together in an efficient way.
These are the conditions for a healthy jump and landing.
- Knees track the first 2 toes during the jump and the landing
- There is a smooth transition between ankle, knee and hip flexion during the land
- There is a smooth transition between ankle, knee and hip extension during the jump
- No noticeable impact may be heard during the landing “or Ninja-style landing”
- Has to be performed barefoot
This is how to test it for yourself, though I strongly advise getting a set of trained eyes to accompany you for a good assessment.
- Put your phone on camera mode and select the “Slow-Motion” option.
- Make the jump at least three times while taking separate videos for it.
- Rate the technique on the points above. Sound usually doesn’t transfer well to slow-mo videos so you’ll have to rate that yourself.
Here’s a video of my athletes doing box jumps in slow-mo, what do you think?
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