VISUAL REGULATION DURING COMPETITION LONG JUMPS AND RUN-THROUGHS

  • Elizabeth J. Bradshaw
  • Brad Aisbett
Keywords: long jump, targeting, training, perception

Abstract

Previous investigators have reported that the ability of long jumpers to visually regulate their stride pattern as they approach the take-off board is critical for success. The importance of visual regulation (VA) on long jump (LJ) distance was assessed in six national-class competitors during two simulated competitions. Linear regression analyses indicated that increased VR contributes to a high average approach velocity -a key predictor of LJ distance. Early VA enabled the athletes to make small systematic adjustments to stride length in order to strike the board in an optimal take-off position, without sacrificing approach velocity. Athletes practice their LJ approach by repeating the stride pattern of the approach, but without the take-off. The current study established that these 'run-throughs' (AT) don't accurately simulate the VR characteristics of a LJ approach. One strategy to increase the VA required during RT's may be to place additional targets across the runway for the athletes to negotiate whilst approaching the take-off board, without compromising approach velocity.
Published
2008-03-25
Section
Coaching and Sports Activities