WHERE IS YOUR STANCE??@ijump_4_you
should probably win that 40k.... —————————
Why is it that better jumpers seem to have a slightly wider plant instead of having the feet bunched together? Well, I would argue it is less about how wide and more about the position of the lower leg of last plant into the jump. The reason this matters is because the athlete is able to block more appropriately to take their momentum vertically. There is a limit to this, but a slightly wider stance allows the athlete to push backwards with the last contact, allowing them to vault, almost like pole vault, upwards. This generate lifts because the hips move over a stiff leg. Further, a slightly wider plant lowers the athlete. The best jumpers appear to dip the knees down just slightly, but because Will is extremely powerful, he doesn’t have to lower quite as much. Typically, athletes need a lot of abduction and internal rotation of the second contact foot. As a side point, athletes doing a “spike jump” (as it’s called in research) like this one probably are required to generate a lot of force laterally. That said, should we be incorporating more lateral plyometrics into training during the preseason or off season? @thedunkcamp
pointed out that better jumpers had higher lateral power outputs in a lateral jump test with a keiser machine. It makes even more sense when you look at the relative position of the feet towards the midline.