Evaluating the Approach in the Horizontal Jumps

in Journal of Applied Biomechanics
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The purpose of this study was to develop measures of a long or triple jumper’s ability to use programming and visual control strategies during the approach to the takeoff. Five such measures were developed. The performances of the competitors in the men’s and women’s horizontal jumps at the 1987 Big Ten Conference Championships were filmed to obtain the required data. Percentiles were computed for each of the five measures and these were used, in conjunction with a performance profile, to evaluate the ability of an athlete to use the two strategies.

James G. Hay and Timothy J. Koh are with the Department of Exercise Science, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA 52242.

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