DIFFERENCES IN JUMPING PERFORMANCE OF CHILDREN FROM DIFFERENT SPORTS

  • J. Bencke
  • R. Damsgaard
  • P. Jergensen
  • A. Sakmose
  • K. Klausen
  • K. Jergensen
Keywords: children, swimming, gymnastics, tennis, team handball, jumping, RFD

Abstract

The ability of high rate of force development is crucial in many high power sports. The aim of this study was to examine the possible differences in jumping skills of children participating in sports with different demands of leg strength, in order to investigate if specific training influenced different jump performances. 175 children from four different sports participated. The subjects performed squat jumps; counter movement jumps and drop jumps from 0.2 m and 0.4 m. The study showed that the nature of the sport has influence on the performance of drop jumping ability on children, though natural selection may also have an influence.