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Step-by-Step Long Jump Technique


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Approach Run – Drive and Transition Phases
Step-by-Step Long Jump Technique

In the Transition Phase of the approach, the long jumper lifts her head and runs upright as she accelerates down the runway.

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The Drive Phase is somewhat like a slower sprint start, but without the blocks. From a standing start, drive forward, keep your head down, with your arms pumping high. Each of the four approach run phases lasts four strides in a 16-stride approach.

Begin to lift your head and gradually raise yourself into an upright running posture to start the Transition Phase. By the end of the transition phase you should be in proper sprinting form, keeping your eyes up as you continue to accelerate.

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