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.

References

About the Author

Amy Lukavics is an Arizona resident who has been a professional writer since 2009. She contributes to the blog Hello, Moon and her writing interests include cooking, crafts, pregnancy, health and beauty.

Related Articles

More Related