Using rhythmicity to promote performance in horizontal jumps: An exemplar of the need for individually-tailored interventions

Alan C. Macpherson*, Dave Collins, Philip Graham-Smith, Anthony P. Turner

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Abstract

The current study compared and contrasted the optimal regulation of stride patterns in the horizontal jumping events for 6 British athletes of international standard. Long jump and triple jump approach data were collected over a 3-year period in international and domestic competitions and considered against the distances achieved. Results suggest that on approach to the take-off board, the majority of athletes' jumps of greater length (intra-athlete) are associated with a low variability, rhythmical footfall. Given the variable approach strategies used by the athletes in question, and consequently the theoretical implications the data set holds, tentative conclusions are drawn regarding the means by which scientists and coaches should assess and design suitable performance focused interventions for elite performers based on individual responses.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)93-110
Number of pages18
JournalInternational Journal of Sport Psychology
Volume44
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2013

Keywords

  • Jumps
  • Performance Rhytmicity
  • RESISTANCE EXERCISE PROTOCOLS
  • SALIVARY TESTOSTERONE
  • RUGBY PLAYERS
  • PERCEPTION
  • ORGANIZATION
  • SPECIFICITY
  • RESPONSES
  • ROUTINES

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