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Free High Jump Video Analysis #3 - How to Keep Speed Through the Corner and Takeoff Correctly

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3.Knee Drive

4.Overbar Mechanics

The high jump baby steps are in order of importance and each baby step builds off the others, so always do them in order. While coaching, remember a person can only focus on one coaching cue at a time, so while coaching prioritize what one cue you tell your athlete by working through the 4 Baby Steps. Start with the approach and end at the overbar mechanics.

4) Analysis of the Jump First off, thank you Jalen from Missouri for submitting your video.

- Approach

Since the video does not show the full approach I am going to assume the first part of the approach is consistent with good running form. The one thing the athlete should work on is their arms. Notice how through the corner the athlete’s arms stop moving in a running motion. This can cause an inconsistent approach and make an athlete slow down. Luckily, this is not the case in this jump. I would not try and change this in a meet, but at practice try and break that habit.

- Takeoff

Next, let’s look at his takeoff. Initially, the takeoff looks pretty good. His foot is at a 45-degree angle and his shoulders are away from the bar. You will notice the athlete begins to let their head and shoulders sink toward the bar. As the jump continues you will notice he almost hits his head on the bar. If the athlete’s approach is on, I would tell this athlete to pretend to reach up toward a basketball rim on their takeoff.

- Knee Drive

Now we will look at the knee drive. The athlete’s knee drive is very good. It is driven across his body and to the bar. No corrections on the knee drive.

- Overbar Mechanics – backbend

Lastly, let’s look at the overbar mechanics known better as the backbend. The backbend looks good initially, but he does not do a good job finishing the jump. Notice how the athlete’s chin starts to come to his chest. At the same moment, his hips are starting to drop. If this athlete wants to hit higher bars he will need to continue his backbend without “snapping” by driving his shoulders to the mat. If the approach, takeoff, and knee drive all looked good, I would tell this athlete to “not snap” by driving their shoulders to the mat.

5) Recommended Drills Now let’s talk about what the athlete should work on in practice. The first drill I would have the athlete work on is full approach run-throughs. See the link to the drill on the screen. He will need to focus on his arms in the last five steps while doing this drill. The second drill I would have the athlete work on is circle runs. See a link to the drill on the screen. Circle runs help the athlete stay aggressive on their corners and helps them keep their shoulders away from the bar during the takeoff.

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