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Illustrated High Jump Technique

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Flight - Arching Your Body
Illustrated High Jump Technique

Sweden's Stefan Holm has rotated his body to put his back over the bar. Notice how his head is thrown back and his body arched as his hips clear the bar.

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The takeoff leg should continue toward the bar as your other leg, shoulders and hips rotate until your back is to the bar. Your heels should be close to your backside with your knees apart. From this point forward, the position of your head is critically important. The head, obviously, will clear the bar first. As your shoulders clear the bar, tip your head back, move your hands to your thighs and arch your body to allow the hips to pass over the bar.
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