Why do we teach vertical jump technique?
Learning a new skill just broadens your depth of competency as a mover. So the qualities we develop from jump training technique will bleed into how you move on the floor as well, not just in the jump capacity, It will make you an overall better athlete. How quickly can you get to a ball, how quickly can you find an opening? How do you respond to situations? Improving that mindfulness and self-awareness in vertical jump training Tulsa. Becoming efficient in movement allows for better athletes because they no longer will be thinking a lot about what they’re doing instead they are super self-aware and free up brain space for reaction and game play.
Who should take jump technique training?
Jump technique training is so important for volleyball and basketball athletes to train and have the competitive advantage jumping higher than their competition its integral for their sport. However it’s becoming more prevalent in other sports like soccer and football as the game evolves coaches are seeking new ways to find the advantage like drawn up plays for their best vertical jumpers in the end zone or from corner kicks.
“Isn’t it something that kids should learn on their own as they grow up?”
As far as age is concerned we begin vertical jump training Tulsa and technique beginning at about 10 years old depending on the athletes experience. Something we hear from time to time is a parent or coach who says “Isn’t it something that kids should learn on their own as they grow up?” My answer is Yes and no. Before the age of 10 I would agree that kids should be kids and play and explore movement. I do believe there is some benefit to the implicit aspects of movement before that age, but once they begin to join competitive sports we start having shooting coaches in basketball or hitting coaches in volleyball right? Same goes for jumping, we want to begin introducing concepts early so they don’t form bad habits.
At around 10 years old we can introduce small concepts like proper squat and when we are teaching them we simply say you know how you get up and down off the ground like this, it’s called a squat and a squat is one of most powerful positions being. Next here are the positions of jump right? Do you recognize what position we are mirroring in the landing phase of our jump? A Squat right? Correct! So ultimately we can make it fun as they learn new skills that we’re going to start to unravel more and more efficiency every single year as they get older. Now the perfect time to being jump training as we introduce concepts and let’s push the athlete to efficiency by maybe getting a little bit further on their penultimate that will help you gain speed and get off the ground. We are not putting 10 year old’s in a weight room and giving them a periodized program. That will come with time, experience in proper jump technique and age.
Jumping comes naturally to my athlete why does he need technique training
Some athletes are genetically gifted in the action of jumping. If jumping entirely innate or natural, which some people would want us to believe, then how is it that at PPA strictly teaching proper technique and nothing else can we have so much impact on the outcome of the jump, +4,6,7 inch improvement in so little time. That proves that jumping is not implicitly learned? Just like shooting a basketball, naturally you’ll find a way to get the ball in the hoop but if the world’s best are all falling within parameters you should copy then you need someone to teach you that skill. Vertical jump training Tulsa is a learned skill that needs to be taught.
Think of bumpers on the bowling alley or training wheels on a bike. That’s what jump technique training is for our athletes. Sometimes it is at the beginning of their jump journey and others must unlearn bad habits and relearn proper technique. But introducing bumpers sets boundaries of efficiency. I’m not going to bowl the ball for my athlete but I’ll guide my athlete to stay within these boundaries that will give them the most success.