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Excellent Approach Drills to Elevate Your High Jump!

By nate.landas - Last updated: Monday, September 24, 2012 - Leave a Comment

The High Jump is often seen as one of the most technical events in the sport of track and field.  Gary Pepin, Head Track & Field Coach at the University of Nebraska has over 30 years of coaching experience and he quickly simplifies the event into approach, take-off and clearance and works to teach that same understanding to jumpers.

After teaching warm-up drills, Coach Pepin explains three different types of approaches; the Hook approach, generally used by beginners; the Flare, which most world-class athletes use; and the Common approach, which is suitable for most high school and college athletes.

Coach Pepin then explains how to measure the approach.  Basically using a 10 step approach, measure off your first step, to make sure it is consistent.  Then measure the jumper’s first five steps to their mid-mark, building speed.  After five steps your jumper will begin their curve to the bar, ending with a take-off point near the inside of the near standard.  The jumper must maintain speed and a proper take off form as the approach.


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