Monday, July 19, 2010

Vertical Leaping Explained

Vertical leaping is defined as standing still and leaping from a stationery position, rather than running to gain momentum first. Athletes are often scored on this ability, and the higher the vertical leaping, the better. Players will stand straight up, reach their hand up and touch a wall. The highest point they can touch will be marked.

Then, players will be asked to jump as high as possible, and the highest point on the wall they can touch will be marked. The differences between these marks will be measured, and this is the vertical leap score. A score of 40 inches is considered extremely well, and some athletes even achieve a score of 50, although it’s rare.

There is thought that vertical leaping can be cheated, especially with jump pads that measure the time between compressions from the feet. By holding the knees up for a longer period of time, players can enhance their scores. However, these scores can also be significantly increased through the use of ‘jump higher’ shoes and exercises intended to increase muscle ability and stabilize the ankles.

There are numerous brands of jump higher shoes, so individuals who plan on using this method should research the shoes fully and the different brands before purchasing any. In addition, the shoes should be used with exercises in order to strengthen the muscles and increase the vertical leaping score. Training on tip-toes with jumping and hopping can increase the vertical leap score, and help athletes gain more benefits through their ability to jump.

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