Hello and welcome to this episode of the High Jump Help quick tip. In this episode, we will be discussing the use of a short approach sometimes known as a 5 or 6 step approach.
Most approaches are somewhere between 9 and 12 steps, so in the short approach, an athlete is only using about half of the approach length as a normal high jump approach.
There are 3 main advantages of using a short approach in training.
1) It forces the athletes to be aggressive to clear a bar or bungee since they only have half of a normal approach. Naturally, this teaches athletes to be aggressive in the last 5 to 6 steps of their full approach.
2) With less speed in the approach, it forces athletes to drive their knee longer to get their hips up and forces them to hold their back bend longer.
3) The shorter approach allows for more jump reps since it has less pounding and requires less speed an athlete must convert into a jump.