I’ve been caught up in improving my dunk for some time, but lately, I’ve been thinking about jumping higher and further, in more general ways. Mostly I’ve been thinking about the fact that it’s such a generally important athletic skill, which applies to almost any sport.
Sure, it’s obvious that a basketball player benefits from an extended jump, and the hurdle sprint and long jump are built around it. Then, you’ve also got sports like volleyball and football, which have a really significant jumping component. Not to mention soccer goalkeepers and shot putters.
In fact, it’s hard to think of many sports, anywhere in the world, which don’t require a solid jumping skill, where being better at jumping wouldn’t be an advantage. Off the top of my head I’m getting golf and motorsport, which are the most physically contained sports out there. Even then, I can imagine jumping ability would be a good indication of fitness to perform.
The Jump Advantage
The height and power of a jump are regularly used, in all kinds of different sports, to measure the fitness of an athlete, and there are simple reasons for that. It measures a balance of power and control, which can be incredibly useful. To achieve a powerful jump, you need to be able to develop power and unleash it effectively.
Jumping higher requires that you develop significant physical explosiveness. There’s no use in having a lot of potential power stored, unless you can let it out in a quick, controlled burst. If you get too heavy with slow bulky muscle, you may get left standing by someone leaner and lighter, who’s developed their muscle in a very specific way, to maximize their jump skill.
Professional Jump Performance
With so many people needing to jump higher, it’s surprising that many of the fundamental jump improvement techniques remain unknown to most amateur athletes. If you want to know how to improve your jump, to professional standards, you need to train like a pro.
Take Plyometrics, for example. It’s a training methodology, used in lots of sporting fields. It focuses, simply, on improving your jump explosiveness, by working on the motions used to jump effectively. Many people haven’t heard of this field of sporting science, which can really improve almost anyone’s performance, even if they jump well right now.
Professional coaches know about it, but many people, looking to improve their jump, forget about the need to be explosive in their power. Many people focus on building muscle, without thinking about how they can keep this power ready to explode. Jumping higher means having that pop, for elevation and distance.
Of course, understanding this kind of thing requires knowledge, then putting that knowledge into practice, which is why I suggest checking out The Jump Manual Training Course, as well as keeping up to date with my site!