How to Do The Long Jump

By Amy Lukavics

The long jump is a track and field event that involves the athlete taking a running start, jumping off a runway and landing in a sand pit, where his score will be measured. While the long jump may seem simple from a distance, the truth is that there are lots of things you can do incorrectly while attempting the event. By focusing on your speed, strength and technique, you can land a successful long jump.

Step 1

Stand at the jumping point just before the sand starts and take 21 long paces to provide adequate distance between you and the sand.

Step 2

Perform a standing start, which is when you immediately go from standing to running. Some long jumpers prefer to do a walking start. Experiment with different starting techniques to see which one works best for you.

Step 3

Gain as much speed as you can control. Make sure to stay in a straight line and keep the speed consistent once you've reached the peak.

Step 4

Jump into the sand, making sure to push off the take-off board with one foot to accelerate the jump. Once in the air, keep both feet together in front of you so that you can have a clean landing. Allow your arms to windmill around your body naturally to keep your balance.

Step 5

Land the jump, making sure your heels are as far away from the take-off board as possible. Keep your hamstrings flexed as you land to avoid falling backwards into the sand.

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