We have all played some form of long jump as we grew up, albeit not in the Olympic sense. When you place a rod on the ground and progressively move it as you cross over it so that the distance between you and the rod increases, that is the basic principle of long jump.
By watching Brianna as she coaches the long jump basics, you realize that there is need to master the principles properly for consistent results. There are three important aspects to focus on as you are doing the long jump.
- The run: this phase determines the outcome of the jump. The hip height, force of hitting the ground, and speed are key factors that influence the distance of the final jump.
- The approach: what an athlete needs to know is when to place the foot on the board. While it is not important to train with an actual board, it is important to know when the foot should be aligned at the starting point.
- The drive: if an athlete is allowed to spend too much time on the approach phase, they lose the stamina to push their body forward. The athlete should be able to use the pace they started with to push themselves through the three steps.
- The landing: this is the most important step of a long jump. An athlete has to gather all his strength and propel their body forward. When the body is airborne, it is bound to twist so part of what they need to do is to stay as upright as possible.
Speed is an important aspect of the long jump because it is by gathering up enough momentum and propelling yourself at the right height that you will achieve the length that you are aiming for in the jump.