Six Steps to Improve your Vertical Jump
While vertical jump performance is often associated with basketball and specific track and field events, every athlete can benefit from learning how to apply force into the ground quickly and absorb it with proper landing mechanics. While jumping is a skill and proficiency can be developed through repetition, increasing strength through Deadlift and Squat variations contributes greatly to your vertical. Of course, this isn’t an exhaustive list of exercises that can be used but these foundational movements are a great place to start.
Whether an athlete can progress through a given exercise is influenced by several factors: training age, strength, and predisposed athletic qualities all dictate whether an athlete needs more or less time with a given movement. It is important that the athlete understands the purpose of the exercise and has the prerequisite level of strength so that they can perform it safely and with the proper intent.
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