Few books on jumping cover jumping the topic from the biomechanical perspective it truly deserves. There are literally hundreds of methods for athletes to go about increasing their vertical jump, ranging from plyometrics, to strength training, to depth jumps to dynamic mobility. The question still remains, how do each of these methods actually help an athlete jump higher? What do they do to improve an athlete’s jumping technique and power? What is the optimal jumping technique in the context of team sport, and not just track and field?
Vertical Foundations is the first book to give the reader the most intimate knowledge available for standing and running jumps off of one or two feet, expert technique, and strength training implications for each piece of standing and running vertical leaps. It covers those technical points and concepts, ignored by many others, that can help athletes to get those valuable vertical inches they deserve in their training!
The world of track and field has given us plenty of information on the technical development and training of single leg jumpers, but not within the aspect of team sport, and there is a serious lack of in depth information on the biomechanics and training of the running double leg jump. Vertical Foundations is here to bridge that gap. You’ll learn every relevant piece of technical vertical information that exists through the following book chapters:
Chapter 1: Success factors of the explosive vertical athlete
Chapter 2: The nervous system, skill acquisition, and motor learning
Chapter 3: Muscle phases, actions, and roles in jumping
Chapter 4: Principles of applying instruction in jump technique
Chapter 5: Biomechanical and sequential considerations of jumping
Chapter 6: Individual training differences: speed vs. force dominant athletes
Chapter 7: Standing vertical jump biomechanics
Chapter 8: Running jump principles and biomechanics
Chapter 9: Running double leg jumping technique and training concepts
Chapter 10: Running single leg jumping technique and training concepts
Chapter 11: Measuring vertical jump skill in the laboratory
Chapter 12: Sample training programs for vertical jump athletes
Whether you are a strength coach, track coach, basketball coach, volleyball coach, personal trainer, dedicated athlete, or just interested in what makes athletes jump higher, this book is for you.