Posture on the runway has a huge bearing on how you jump and how far you jump.
An ‘untidy’ runway will have negative effects on many aspects of the whole jump.
Before I add any horizontal jumpers to my training group I have to be sure that they can ‘run’..
By this, I mean, are they rhythmical, balanced, stable and coordinated?
There are those horizontal jumpers who find it very difficult to run in a straight line. Just stand on the take-off board and watch them running towards you; they can wander everywhere!
Some jumpers impart lateral movements into what is a linear event. Running correctly and being mechanically efficiently is so important, and we work very hard on this aspect.
Whenever we do any form of quicker runs over distances ranging from 30 to 70mts I always emphasise that must give a lot of thought to ‘how they are running’….
We call them POSTURE RUNS….
I always watch them closely when they do this type of session, and they are aware of this. By doing this type of running drill will increase body position awareness [kinesthesic awareness] and create positive transfer into the runway and approach to the take-off board.
- Last evening we concerned ourselves with the posture of the body into the those vital last six strides to the board.
There’s a need to accelerate over the first phase, align the body in the mid part of the approach run then stay tall into the attack to the board in what I call the ‘business end’ of the approach run.
It’s a lot to think about – but absolutely necessary..
It’s a lot more difficult if the jumper has a outward splay of the foot or has a tendency to place one foot in front of the other when running at high speeds…
In these situations, the attention to detail becomes more pronounced, and possibly more specific remedial work needs to be done.
In a typical 16 stride approach run, the margins of error are increased and horizontal jumpers have to concentrate, because as I’ve explained many, many times – the approach run is a complex, serial skill and must be treated as such.
You’ve only to impart an unwanted lateral movement into one of those 16 strides, or sink the hips a few centimetres for problems to arise. The jumper duly arrives at the board and fouls or takes-off behind the board
Typically, a coach will simply say – “move your checkmark back one or one forward” and hopes that by doing this will get their jumper somewhere near, or on the board. They don’t realise that the problem might be one of running inefficiency…
Only consistent practice over the approach run and special emphasis on how they run to the board will result in consistency throughout competition.
OK….you’ve got them to the board -what should happen next? This will be in the next jumps blog…
Speak with you soon,