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1Hey Coach,
I am on the track and field team and I do long jump. I'm better in long jump than other sports in track and field but the problem is that I don't know how to do the long jump very well. My coach shows me how but I can't seem to jump very far. Do you have any tips?
zainzone

Hey zainzone

The most important things to think about in the long jump are your approach, your takeoff, your flight and your landing. Here are a few things to think about in each of these steps.
  • The Approach - A strong approach with lots of speed will allow you to get the momentum you need for a good flight. Start your run towards the board with a relaxed pace. When you're half way to the board, pump your arms and legs to hit maximum speed. Look straight ahead and not down at the board. You can improve your approach by practicing 30 meter sprints, focusing on reaching your top speed.
  • The Takeoff - When you reach the board, power yourself up by driving your front leg upward. Look slightly upward so your body is directed up and out. Once again, do not look down at the board.
  • The Flight - Once you've taken off, force your body further through the air by circling your arms.
  • The Landing- You should start preparing for your landing when you reach the peak of your jump. Thrust your legs forward and extend them outward. As you hit the sandpit, bend your knees and move your body forward. You may need to lean to one side to stop yourself from falling backwards.
  • The key to being successful at the long jump is to have a good technique at each stage of the jump. A strong approach will lead to a better takeoff, which will lead to a better flight and a longer jump.

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