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The Basics of Long Jump Technique

By Teach PE, 06/14/18, 12:00PM CDT

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The last step is short to help maintain speed. In this step the foot should be out in front of the athlete’s body, and flat on the ground.

The Approach:

  • A good technique on the approach and takeoff can increase the length of a jump immensely.
  • A 12-19 stride approach is optimal. The longer the better for experienced and conditioned athletes.
  • Gradual acceleration is the first key aspect.
  • Most athletes begin the run with their left foot forward. This foot is used to push down, to start the forward movement.