Jumping is the next progression in movement skill. It maintains the balance, flexibility and posture developed in stage 1 but increases dynamic strength and elasticity in the running anatomy.
The elastic recoil of tendons is an important energy saving mechanism in running (3)(4) and a lack of co-ordination of the ‘stretch-shorten’ cycle is associated with injury (5). Elastic recoil and the ‘stretch-shorten’ cycle is developed in movement via the skill of rhythm.
Jumps on 2 legs with bar
Jumps on one leg / hopping with bar
What could I be doing wrong?
- Losing balance due to poor alignment (posture)
- Too much muscle action due to slow/sticky rhythm
Mastered barefoot jumping? Move onto barefoot running.