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Topic Skill Technique Bibliography Cites Boggis D 1999 The key to better high jumping Scholastic Coach Athletic Director 68 38-39 SYNOPSIS In this article Mr Don Boggis discusses the importance of techniques for becoming a successful high jumper He points out four very important strategies deemed toward high jumping The first of these is the proper run Mr Boggis begins by saying a 10-stride approach will enable the athlete to run five strides in a straight line and five strides in an arc With each running stride the athlete must place his center of mass over the foot as it touches down Once the athlete learns how to run he can progress to the next step The second strategy he discusses is running the curve He states that circle run drills can help the jumper master the curve The drill simply involves running in a circle Thirdly settling should be taken into consideration when competing in the high jump Settling is known as the lowering of the center of gravity before the takeoff During this phase Mr Boggis points out the athlete will bend his knees more on the last two or three strides Last but not least the measurement of the approach should be taken into consideration The coach or jumper should run a tape measure straight down from the starting line to a point on the line with the take-off spot The jumper can then align laterally with the right standard facing the opposite standard and then take two steps forward and mark the spot The jumper will now have an approach to work with ANALYSIS I thought that this was an excellent article It contains some very valuable information on proper skill techniques for high jumpers I believe that the first step the athlete needs to focus on is certain flaws in the technique being used These flaws could include poor head position incorrect arm action failure
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