When executing the 3 phases of the triple jump, it is mportant to keep your balance if you want to jump great distances. It’s common for triple jumpers to zig-zag their way through the different phases. Or they start their jump from the middle of the runway, but end up on the left or right side of the pit once they have completed their jump.
The athlete loses several valuable centimetres because the force is getting wasted on movements that aren’t projecting them forward. Therefore, it is necessary for the athlete to train themselves to maintain their balance so they minimise their chances of losing momentum.
Here are a few ways the athlete can accomplish this.
Develop a strong core
It’s important to have a strong core, which includes the abdominals and hip flexors. This will prevent the athlete from using other muscles such as the lower back, which can cause movement issues and put the athlete off-balance.
Practice bounding and hopping so that all the force projects forward.
The best way for the athlete to improve is to practice bounding movements. The athlete must train themselves to project their bodu in a straight line; especially when they have to do it at a high speed. The more they improve their control, the greater the distance they will cover.
Practice the arm movements.
In triple jump, you can either use the single arm or double arm movement in the triple jump. This will allow the athlete to maintain their balance throughout each phase of the jump. The coach will need to work with the athlete to identify which technique is better suited for the athlete. The double arm pump is typically the most popular technique out of the two.
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